Mercer Island High School students excel in the Eastshore Music League Solo and Ensemble Festival

February 5, 2013

Over 150 MIHS performers participated in the Eastshore Music League Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Liberty High School on February 4. The day included performances every 10 minutes in 22 categories from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. According to MIHS music teacher and band director Parker Bixby, “From clarinets playing Copland to baritones playing Bach, our students demonstrated some of the most outstanding musicianship I have had the pleasure to see in my career here at MIHS. I am very proud of the thousands of hours of work, practice, parental support and more that went in to this extraordinary day. Bravo!”

Included in the day’s successes were 10 category winners and 11 alternates. The winners will participate in the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Ellensburg, WA later this year. Alternates may be selected to participate as well after remaining district festivals have been held. A list of these outstanding soloists and ensembles is below.

CATEGORY WINNERS:

David Stewart, Mary Wingerson: Bass Clarinet
Shea Kelsay: Trumpet
Alex Gore: French Horn,
Annalise King: Euphonium,
Dylan Lesko: Marimba
MIHS Woodwind Quintet: (Ryan Gorey, Isaac Miller, Alex Gore, Neha Shah, David Stewart)
MIHS Brass Quintet: (Kira Newell, Shea Kelsay, Alex Gore, Annalise King, Nolan Conway)
MIHS Euphoria: (Annalise King, Dalton He, Alex Gore)
MIHS Percussion Ensemble: (Dylan Lesko, Nate Umlauf, Martin Look, Lana Kleiner-Kanter,Taylor Hartley, Amanda Tsang, Meghan Hershkowitz, Ryan Ottinger, Lachlan Tritton, Billy Peterson, Nathan Lindae-Fregoso, Tanner Martinez, Henry Eckert, Josh Bender, Anthony Pedreira, Dylan Ma)
 

1st Alternates:

Dalton He: Euphonium
Nolan Conway: Euponium
Isaac Miller: Oboe
 

2nd Alternates

Meghan Hershkowitz: Marimba
Rachel Rosenman: Clarinet
Nicole Anderson: Trumpet
James Wilson: Trombone
Rootin Flutin flute duet: (Hannah Frisch,Ryan Gorey,Dalton He)
Wind Symphony Flute Octet