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State Solo and Ensemble Results – Orchestra

Congratulations to all the WOHS orchestra students that performed Saturday, March 17 at the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association State Solo & Ensemble Festival. Students had to earn a First Division Rating at District Solo & Ensemble Festival to qualify for this event. 9th Grade soloists and Ensembles are evaluated on prepared music as they were at District Solo & Ensemble. 10th-12th Grade Soloists take a proficiency exam at State Solo & Ensemble, which consists of the performance of their prepared solo, memorized scales and sight reading. (Students get 60 seconds to study musical excerpts they have never seen before and then perform them for the adjudicator.) Students can receive up to 50 points on their solo, 25 points for scales, and 25 points for sight reading.


Students Receiving a 1st Division Ratings for an excellent performance:

Holly Hilsman – Proficiency 2 Violin Solo (99/100 on her proficiency assessment!)

Siena Radakovitz – Proficiency 3 Violin Solo (94/100 on her proficiency assessment!)

Dominic Aquino – Proficiency 3 Cello solo

Colin Brown – Proficiency 1 Cello Solo

Abby Hilsman – 9th Grade Cello Solo

Faith Mask – 9th Grade Cello Solo


cello duet – Jack Burkholder & Lydia Vanderkooi (Zeeland HS)

cello duet – Aaron Peaslee & Jireh Gibson

violin duet – Sophie Engels & Holly Hilsman

2 violin and piano trio – Siena Radakovitz, Stephanie Ganzi, Holly Hilsman

cello quartet – Dominic Aquino, Colin Brown, Abby Hilsman, Autumn Veldink

string quartet – Sophie Engels, Stephanie Ganzi, Alyssa Anderson, Dominic Aquino


Students Receiving a 2nd Division Rating for a good performance:

Alyssa Anderson – Proficiency 2 viola solo

Stephanie Ganzi & Alyssa Anderson – violin/viola duet

Iris Swarthout & Abby LaDuke – violin duet


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