SKHS music students receive highest awards at state competition

PORT ORCHARD — The South Kitsap High School Brass Quintet and String Consort traveled to Central Washington University in Ellensburg April 27-28 to compete in the WIAA/WMEA Washington State Music Competition.

To take part in this event, students had to compete and win at the local level and the Olympic Music Educators Association solo and ensemble competition, according to South Kitsap School District spokeswoman Amy Miller.

The students received one of three ratings for their performances: Superior, the highest and usually aligned to college and professional players; the second level — Excellent; and the third — Good/Average.

The South Kitsap brass quintet received a superior and two excellent ratings. Zac Grams received three excellent ratings and Ellie Binnington scored one superior rating and two excellent ratings for their solo performances. Even though this was the string consort’s first time competing and the first year the ensemble has been together as a class, they received a perfect score with three “Superior” ratings.

SK Brass Quintet (horns): Paxton DePoe, Max Adams, Tim Reidy, Zac Grams and Jacob Gieger.

SK String Consort (strings): Breyana Berger, Ellie Binnington, Hannah Fortado, Alex Hardiman, Taeyung Hill, Serena Kenady, Ava Lawrence, Kris Mcgrath, Bri Mears, Kaija Ogan, Jonah Okamato, Ashley Phelps and Micaela Rapp.

Trombone solo: Zac Grams

Violin solo: Ellie Binnington