A combined 46 Mercer Island High School and Islander Middle School students in band, orchestra and choir have been selected to participate in the 2018 Washington Music Educators Association All-State honor groups this coming February.
These students were selected from hundreds of applicants that submitted recordings and were screened individually by professional musicians. They will participate and perform in one of a number of large ensembles led by nationally-renowned conductors at the state convention to be held in Yakima from Feb. 15-18, 2018.
MIHS students chosen for the All-State Concert Band were: Kari Anderson, clarinet; Lindsey Gao, clarinet; Spencer Klein, French horn; Cameron Lee, clarinet; and Philip Zhang, clarinet.
Students selected for the All-State Wind Ensemble were: Sam Bailey, bass clarinet; Andrew Motz, percussion; Lauren Nakatsu, clarinet; Jack Price, trombone; Kathryn Ristuben, French horn; Aidan Rosenbaum, clarinet; Bram Schenck, clarinet; David Wei, clarinet; and Tyler Woo, bassoon.
Students chosen for the All-State Chamber Orchestra were: Hannah Gaugush, trumpet; Katherine Gelsey, oboe; Minje Park, cello; and Christopher Toda, viola.
Students selected for the All-State Jazz Ensemble were: Jack Price, bass trombone; and Mark Lamin, piano.
The All-State Symphony Orchestra will feature: Alexander Hill, oboe; Bridget Navarro, bassoon; Sophia Ristuben, French horn; Sophia Scull, French horn; Avery Smith, bassoon; Mira Tang, French horn; Joelle Arcuino, violin; Joy Guo, violin; Ken Kobayashi, violin; Maya Wallin, violin; and Martha Sprague, cello.
The All-State Symphonic Choir will feature Nathan Payson, tenor.
IMS students chosen for the All-State Junior Honor Band were: Sammy Bluming, clarinet; Thorin Finch, French horn; Jiamei Goodwin, flute; Cindy Huang, clarinet; Ben Kinder, French horn ; Aidan Klein, oboe; Yoobin Lee, alto sax; Eli Nho, clarinet; Maya Wong, bassoon; Tristan Leung, percussion; and Chris Bove, percussion.
The Middle School All-State Orchestra will feature: Joe Zhang, violin; and Hideaki Shiotsu, viola.
Ben Payson, baritone, was selected for the 7th/8th Grade Honor Choir, along with Maggie Petersen, alto.
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