Fort Zumwalt students participating in co-curricular or Missouri State High School Athletic Association sanctioned activities have been able to experience as close to a typical school year as possible, despite the pandemic. For Fort Zumwalt High musicians, that has meant another year with a large collection of state honors and awards.
About 200 instrumental and vocal musicians were recognized at the State Solo and Small Ensemble contest, earning Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. Participation in the competition requires selection and rehearsal of pieces above and beyond those prepared for participation in school bands, orchestras and choirs. Typically the in-person competition usually spans several days in Columbia. For this year’s virtual competition, most Fort Zumwalt students recorded with their directors at school, but some recorded from home. All performances had to be recorded within a 10-day window through an app that timestamped the performance. Student performances were then scored by a panel of music educators.