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French Horn player makes history

By Staff | Feb 24, 2010

Tyler Consolidated Musician State Winner Christine Keplinger of the Tyler Consolidated High School Band, will perform a French horn solo in the West Virginia Music Educators Association Honor Recital to be held at the Charleston Civic Center on March 5 at 6 p.m.

Keplinger earned this honor by first performing her solo at the West Virginia State Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest at West Liberty University. She was selected to perform in state finals competition.

Her solo was then recorded and sent to the state honors recital nominating committee. After listening to her solo the committee invited her to perform on the state honors recital that is held in conjunction with the West Virginia State Music Educators Conference.

“Christine had to compete with the best instrumental soloists from the six regions of the state,” said Tyler Consolidated High School Band Director, Wayne Smith. “This is not just a class ‘AA’ competition, it is open class including schools like Morgantown, Charleston, Wheeling Park, and Huntington just to name a few.”

“I don’t think there has ever been a musician from Tyler County in this recital before.”

“I know for a fact since I started teaching here in 1986 there has not been a representative in this recital.”

“Although, the band and choir have had many regional winners over the years. Christine has brought honor to her community, school and family yet again.”

“She is the most decorated band member in Tyler Consolidated history.”

The Tyler Consolidated senior will be accompanied at the recital by her father and pianist Rusty Keplinger. Matt Jennings, her private french horn instructor, will help prepare her for this momentous occasion.

She will also be performing as a member of the West Virginia All-State Band. She auditioned for this prestigious ensemble in early January at Capital High School.

As part of the All-State Band she will spend three days in Charleston rehearsing with the finest instrumentalists from around the state.

The All-State Band, Chorus, and Orchestra. The concert will be performed at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston on March 6 at 2 p.m.