Sequim High Group, members of the choir chosen for the state competitions

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The Sequim High auditorium is quiet at the moment, but a crowd of local students have been making noise at the state level for their musicianship.

Thirty-six SHS students – 18 each from the orchestral and choir programs – took home all-state honors and are said to have entered the WIAA / WMEA State Solo and Ensemble competition held in Ellensburg on the last Friday and Saturday in April of every year.

Students were unable to attend the event after schools were closed by state leaders due to concerns with the novel coronavirus in 2019.

From the Sequim High School Choir, three singers were chosen to represent the state: Adrian Funston (baritone), Jonathan Heintz (bass) and Kariya Johnson (soprano).

Charlie Briggs (viola), Danika Chen (soprano) and Jax Thaxton (baritone) were selected as the first replacements, as were the large vocal group of Sequim High which includes Chen, Funston, Heintz, Johnson, Thaxton, Harrison Bell, Maddy Dietzman , Henry Hughes, Espn Judd, Keaton King, Eva Lofstrom, Chloe “Cas” Morton, Delaney Nucci, Payton Sturm, Anastasia Updike and Kenneth Wolfley.

Sturm for the mezzo soprano, Paola Villegas for the viola and Dietzman and Morton for the vocal duo were chosen for the second substitutes.

On the orchestral side, three soloists qualified for the state: Will Plasch (mallets), Aaron Snyder (euphonium) and Keith Wilwert (piano).

Sequim High’s large percussion ensemble took top honors, with Plasch, Maria Asselin-Old Chief, Abigail Benjamin, Diego Buhrer, Stephanie Calderon, Claire D’Amico, Kate D’Amico, Sidney Johnston, Calvin Magelssen, Maddison Marler , Savannah Minker, Truman Nestor, Emma Sharp, Gracie Sharp, Abe Torres and Rileigh VanDyken.

Eighteen members of the group Sequim High School, including three soloists and a 15-member percussion ensemble, were selected for the 202 WIAA / WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Sequim Gazette archive photo by Michael Dashiell


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