KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Nearly 50 Ketchikan High School student musicians met at the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry terminal in the early hours of Tuesday morning to start their trip to the annual Southeast Music Festival.
After boarding a ferry at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Kayhi's musicians are set to arrive at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in Juneau, where this year's festival will be hosted by Juneau-Douglas High School: Kale´, according to a schedule provided to the Daily News by Kayhi choir director Trina Purcell, who also is one of the trip's chaperones.
The traveling musicians are band and choir students who will participate in three days of concerts, ensembles, clinics and adjudications during the festival, before arriving back in the First City via ferry on Monday.
Thursday, the first full day of the festival — which also will include students from Thunder Mountain High School, Haines High School and Petersburg High School — will kick off with a welcome meeting, followed by solos and ensembles, the schedule showed. 
A jazz concert will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by lunch and more clinics, according to the schedule. 
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, there will be a large group concert featuring Kayhi's concert choir.
Friday starts off with a series of solos and ensembles, including a handful of solos from Kayhi students. Julia Spigai's clarinet solo will be at 9 a.m., Shay Ohmer's vocal solo at 10 a.m., Madisen Lundamo's vocal solo at 10:10 a.m., and Hannon Alkhabi's vocal solo is slated for 10:20. 
The Kayhi jazz band will perform a concert from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, and, after more clinics into the late afternoon, the wind ensemble will perform in the large group concert that starts at 6 p.m.
Saturday, the final day of the festival, will start with a duet featuring Kayhi freshmen Neila Urquhart and Jessica Vong. The vocal jazz choir will perform at 10:30 a.m., and lunch and clinics will follow. The symphonic band will perform during the large group concert that begins at 6 p.m., per the schedule.
The clinics offered throughout the festival cover a variety of materials. Some are focused on instruments, including the clarinet, oboe, flute, tuba, guitar, bassoon and valveless horn.
Others cover broad topics, like "Channeling Your Inner Maestro: Conducting 101," "Simplifying the Myth of Fine Singing," "Intonation Abomination: It's OK NOT to be Perfect," and "Musical Skills After High School," according to Purcell's information. 
The adjudicators for the choir are David Rayl of Michigan State University and Peter Ecklund of the University of Nebraska. Adjudicators for band are professional musician Christian Fabian and Chris Bianco of Western Washington University.