More than 70 Walla Walla High School singers will participate in the Columbia Basin Music Educators Regional Solo-Ensemble Contest Saturday at Pasco High School.
Contestants will perform in a wide variety of solo and ensemble categories from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to the free event.
“The students have been working for months on these entries,” said Norb Rossi, director of choirs.
Students will be adjudicated by professional educators on a range of musical and vocal elements. Eight soloists and six ensembles will be selected to represent the CBMEA at state competition in April.
“We are fortunate to have so many wonderful accompanists and parents to support our students’ efforts. Please come join us for a day of exciting music,” Norb said.
Students slated to attend the contest are Amelia Hemenway, Romey Drabek, Kally McClure, Amy Infante, Sarah Gibbs, Katelyn Elmenhurst, Anna Apostolidis, Talia Grandstaff, Kayla Witt, Aubrey Sinden, Alandra Dalan, Kristina Savalesky, Belle Taylor, Angel Saldana, Kylee Wagner, Cady Luxton, Annalise Juergensen, Lara Smith, Christina Swanson, Annissa Escobar, Lauren Wardwell, Cougar Henderson, Ariel Pope, Lexi Swenson, Courtney Griggs, Bethany Voss, Madison Elmenhurst, Elena Janis, Caitlin Christen, Madison Garrett, Hirut Senter, Nathan Loomer, Michael Anderson, Isaiah Stodola, Paige Ulmen-Parsons, Piper Titus, Jaime Quaresma, Caleb Leitch, Rebekka Etchell, James Innes, Chantel Brannan, Sabrina Keenan, John Gossett, Connor Christensen, Samantha Zuger, Julia Cosma, Daisy Schoen, Shelby Gordon, Katelyn Rickords, Delaney Bloomquist, Tansy Schroeder, Kiana Rosales, Divina Arevalo, Tessa Hankins-Snider, Liya Senter, Gabriel Cruz, Yadira Cornejo, Maggie Buob, Gina Lincoln, Addy Clark, Mary Beth Jones, Hannah Harrison, Olivia hemenway, Matt Bowler, Isaac Johnson, Lea Davidson, Kaitlyn Calhoun and Jasmine Addington.
Instructors Nancy Wells and Jennifer Clark and Walla Walla Dance Company dancers Chloe Danielson, teacher/student, Natalie Hargreaves, Alex Barreras, Emmie Ogden, Mimi Filan, Ella Nelson, Sadie Robinson, Aanika Swant and Colleen McKibben attended the Nuvo Dance Convention and Competition in Seattle Feb. 8-10.
“This is no small event,” said Rachel Gallaway. “It is very well known and respected in the dance world.” The teachers are choreographers and judges on “So You Think You Can Dance” and choreographers for music, television and movies.
The six young girls received a high silver and Chloe and Natalie received a gold. “Walla Walla Dance Company is very proud to once again have dancers win awards for their dancing.”
Aanika received a scholarship award in the mini division. Out of 160 dancers, she was one of four to win a scholarship to attend the finale in New York. Natalie and Mimi each got a standout award and will be invited to attend finale conventions in Los Angeles or New York.
Local dancers competed with more than 300 other entries, judged by Travis Wall, Stacey Tookie, Denise Wall and other well-known industry dancers, Rachel said.
Classes were offered in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballet and lyrical styles. Teachers had classes and forums to attend as well.
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