Issaquah High School musicians win state honors

May 15, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

Several students from Issaquah High School ended the month of April on a good note, literally.

They competed at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest April 27-28 and walked away with several wins.

During the contest, the campus at Central Washington University was teeming with hundreds of musicians. They were there to compete in a variety of categories, including small strings ensemble, vocal and solo bassoon.

Among the first-place finishers were Ali Campbell and Annika Dybevik, who took first in the women’s small ensemble category for their duet. First place for tuba went to Clayton Dungey while Andy Abel finished third.

The following received the highest score of straight No. 1s: Baritone soloist Suraj Saifullah; Allison Gillett on tympani ; and In Harmony singers Tyler Childress, Jacob Bernado, Max Ramos, Nick Ryder, Adam Karren, Brian Kim, Saifullah, Sam Tacher, Jack Wheeler, Cortez Ethridge, Jesse Olsen Jacobson and Alex Hill.

Also receiving top scores of a superior rating were the duet of Saifullah and Becca Allen, duet Tacher and Saifullah and alto soloist Savannah Young.

In the women’s large ensemble category, Hi Tones took third place. Ashley Young, Caroline Hamblin, Dybevik, Rache Strand, Christina Corbitt, Makenna Thomas, Ali Campbell, Stephanie Balkman, Claudia Brasino, Christina Abercrombie, Chloe Warren, Emily Humble, Allen, Young, Jackie Davis and Samantha Cook are the young women who make up the Hi Tones.

The IHS Brass ensemble, comprised of Andy Abel, Jacob Zollers, Raymond Liu, Madison Kelly and Zach Hall, also finished in third place.

See the complete list of results and scores from the competition at

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