Students shine at state music Solo & Ensemble

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MHS students performed in 150 music events at UW Platteville on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the State Solo/Ensemble Festival. 109 of these events placed first at this level. Congratulations to each of the performers on their dedication to practice and their excellence in musicianship.


Six MHS students were recognized with the WSMA Exemplary Soloist award and 13 others received a nomination for this award.


The Exemplary Solo Recognition Project expands recognition of outstanding student soloists at the WSMA State Solo & Ensemble Festival. State festival adjudicators identify the most exceptional soloists at each of the state festival campuses through a two-step process: nomination and final selection. 


Throughout the festival day, adjudicators have an opportunity to nominate soloists whose performance was truly exceptional – beyond what is typically expected for this age group. At the end of the day, each adjudicator selects the most exceptional soloist(s) to receive the Exemplary Soloist Award from among those nominated.


Special congratulations to these MHS students earning a 2017 Exemplary Soloist award:

Jordan Gundrum, Flute

Mary Hsu, Violin

Kei Kohmoto, Trumpet

Lydia Shaw, Alto

Ellie Taylor, Violin

Kirstin Yu, Piano


Congratulations also to these students who were nominated for this prestigious award:

Meghna Datta, Violin

Nickolas DeOliveira, Alto Sax

Jonathon Downs, Tenor Sax

Adam Goren, Marimba

Kirby Heck, Trombone

Sam Jaeger, Parade Drum

Abby Mangas, Flute

Max Newcomer, Piano

Ben Peterson, Trumpet

Titus Smith, Bass Trombone

Andrew Stine, Alto Sax

Michael Xie, Viola

Susanna Zheng, Clarinet


Steve Kurr, MHS Orchestra Teacher, commended all MHS music students who participated in solos and ensembles by saying, “Solo & Ensemble is a time of great musical growth for all of our participants. They learn important musical independence skills and also see a broader repertoire of music than is available in the large ensemble setting.”