Students from North and South High Schools recently performed in the regional solo and ensemble festival. Over 550 entries were performed for judges throughout the day. The festival, which is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA), provides judges from all over the state to listen to individual and group performances and evaluate their playing according to performance standards. Students perform pieces in a range of difficulties, working for several months before the festival. Students who receive a 1-star rating when performing a Class A-piece advance to state. North and South High School students qualifying for state are listed below. If students advanced to state in more than one event, the number of events is listed with their name:
Soloists making it to state: Band: Brady Cassidy, Beth Dreikosen, Allison Fritz, Emily Gapinski, Hannah Hodges, Chris Kiehl, Derek Klockow; Lindsay Raleigh, Katelyn Staaben, Tyler Stank, Robert Taggart, Kate Wintheiser; Choir: Caitlin Barclay (3), Brynn Crocker, Rebecca Denboer, Lauren Ensor, Megan Gleason, Ali Jacobson, Corin Menuge (2), Erin Miller (2), Charlotte Mueller, Matt Rickmeier, William Schwalb (2), Houa Vang (2), Samantha Vanwyk, Angela Yang, Orchestra: Chamila Amithirigala, Beth Klein, Anna Mancl, Nat Sattler, Shoua Xiong (2), Lizbeth Zerger, Josh Feng, Molly Knoedler; Piano: Chamila Amithirigala, Calla Born, Casey Campbell, Katelyn Staaben.
Ensembles making it to state: Band Chris Kiehl, Allison Fritz, Elijah Lewis, Tobin Miller, & Dylan Zastrow brass quintet; Christina Theodoroff & Beth Dreikosen flute duet; Derek Klockow & Alex Steffes drum duet;Choir: Sam VanWyk & Houa Vang, duet; Peng Xue Yang & Chia Xiong, duet; Elijah Lewis & Matt Rickmeier, duet; Caitlin Barclay & Matt Rickmeier, duet; Erin Miller & Dallas Wright, duet; Rebecca DenBoer & Charlotte Mueller, duet; Caitlin Barclay & Erin Miller; duet; Caitlin Barclay, Sam Van Wyk, Matt Rickmeier, & Houa Vang, quartet; Caitlin Barclay, Sam VanWyk, Erin Miller Ali Jacobson, barbershop quartet; Caitlin Barclay, Brynn Crocker, Jenna DeBlaey, Megan Gleason, Ali Jacobson, Erin Miller, Sarah Pakkebier, Sam VanWyk, & Angela Yang, triple trio; Casey Campbell, Elijah Lewis, Corin Menuge, Brandon Pakkebier, Matt Rickmeier, William Schwalb, Houa Vang, & Dallas Wright, double quartet; Madrigal by Northern Lights; Show Choir by Northern Lights; Orchestra: Taylor Garbe, Nicole Galicia, Michelle Kelly, & Anna Mancl, string quartet; North High Concert Orchestra; Beth Klein & Chia Xiong, violin duet; Shoua Xiong & Josh Feng, violin duet; Piano: Casey Campbell & Katelyn Staaben, piano duet.
Soloists making it to state: Band: Matt Derse, Katie Henry, Taylor Lohse, Morgan Molitor, Caroline Ray, Austin Weber; Choir: Martin Aviles, Evan Braun (2), Maria Giannopoulos, Katie Henry (2), Ari Kupsch, Houa Lee (2), Lindsey Mensch, Michaela Mischler (2), Alexandria Wickland (2); Orchestra: Tanner Hawkins, Elena Catalan, Sara Pfile.
Ensembles making it to state: Band: Danielle Fortin & Libby Schmidtman, flute duet; Emmielito Elnar & Christine Newman, trumpet duet; Saxophone Choir; Brass Ensemble; Choir: Katie Henry & Katie Miller, duet; South High Singers; Ameen Lee, Malcolm Stone, Abe Yang, & James Steinbruecker, quartet; Orchestra: Rachel Fettig & Elena Catalan, violin duet; Blaichia Thao & Jessica Tanck violin duet; South High Chamber Orchestra.