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High school musicians participate in state contest

Students from Vancouver Public Schools recently joined some of Washington’s finest high school musicians at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Small and large ensembles faced off in seven categories: woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, women’s vocal, men’s vocal and mixed vocal. The contest included 29 solo categories: seven woodwind, five brass, four percussion, four strings, six vocal, piano, guitar and harp.

Congratulations to the following participants, who were selected for their outstanding regional performances:

Skyview High School

  • Douglas Graham, cello
  • Spencer Reid-Rice, tenor
  • Genna Smith, trombone

Their teachers are Sarah O’Mara, Philip Denton and Timothy Heichelheim.

Columbia River High School

  • Josh Wann, tuba

His teacher is Dave Keckes-Chartrey.

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

  • Eva Stoumbos, bass
  • Brayton Sobolewski, tenor sax (qualified but did not compete)

Their teachers are Luke Brockman and Ann Medellin.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association/Washington Music Educators Association State Solo and Ensemble Contest was held April 29-30 in Ellensburg, Washington.