Music students in Bellingham Public Schools received multiple honors at the 2015 Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest in late April.
Placing first in state in the large mixed vocal category was Bellingham High School’s Showstoppers. This is the first year the Showstoppers choir won first place recognition since it began competing 15 years ago. Bellingham teacher Linda Short is the choir director.
Placing second in the soprano vocal category was Bellingham High senior Maura Schaefer. Bellingham High senior Luke Robinson also placed second in the bass vocals category.
Sehome High senior Jemm (Jesmark) Mikesell won second place in guitar.
Superior composite ratings were also given to the following soloists/ensembles in the district:
From Bellingham High, Floboe, small woodwinds ensemble — sophomore Adam Billings on oboe and junior Glenna McGarity on flute; and the Unaccompanied Minors, small strings ensemble— senior Ian Slater and junior Maya Enstad, cellists; Robinson and Schaefer also received superior ratings for their mixed small vocal ensemble. Soloists receiving superior ratings were junior Maya Enstad for cello, junior Lucy Evans for mezzo soprano vocals, sophomore Dryden Graham for timpani, and junior Noah Thompson for trombone.
From Sehome High, the Sehome Chamber Orchestra received superior composite ratings from all judges. The Sehome Chamber Orchestra is under the direction of Kirstin Doud.
Also receiving composite superior ratings was the Dino-Namics, small strings ensemble made up of senior Adam Work, junior Juliet Hope and junior Amelia Mundell. Sehome soloists receiving superior scores were senior Kenneth Brown for piano; senior Adam Work for violin; and junior Kyler Southcott for baritone vocals. The Sehome High Orchestra was honored during the weekend of competition as the 2A State Academic Champions.
From Squalicum High, the SQHS Percussion Ensemble II received a composite superior rating. The ensemble included freshman Toby Bruce, senior Parker DeWilde, senior Cora Peterson and sophomore Spencer Thulin. Squalicum senior Alex Mumford on oboe and sophomore Tristan Wine on bass vocals also received superior ratings.
The contest is sponsored by the Washington Music Educators Association. For a list of full results, visit http://www.wmea.org/.