At the 2017 National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) All-Northwest Conference, five Snoqualmie Valley music students performed in honor ensembles on February 18-19. One Chief Kanim Middle School student and four students from Mount Si High School were chosen for this opportunity among 2,350 top student musicians from six Northwestern states.
Music students and educators from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska converged in Seattle on February 16-19, for a weekend filled with professional development and musical growth opportunities. Several thousand of the best student musicians from these six states auditioned for 16 different honor ensembles.
Congratulations to the following five students who represented the Snoqualmie Valley School District:
Nathaniel Wray (alto saxophone), a 7th grader at Chief Kanim Middle School, was selected for the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) Junior All-State Rainier Band. This ensemble performed on Saturday, February 18, at Bellevue High School under the direction of Ron Gerhardstein, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Pacific Lutheran University.
Mary Piekarczyk (clarinet), a sophomore at Mount Si High School, was selected for the WMEA All-State Band. This ensemble performed on Sunday, February 19, at Benaroya Hall (Home of the Seattle Symphony) under the direction of Carolyn A. Barber, Professor of Music and Director of Bands from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music.
Tyler Bateman (percussion), a junior, was selected for the NAfME All-Northwest Concert Band, representing Mount Si High School and Washington State. This ensemble performed on February 19 at Benaroya Hall under the direction of Ray Cramer, Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands from Indiana University.
Allison Caswell (soprano voice), a Mount Si High School junior, was selected for the WMEA All-State Mixed Choir. This ensemble performed February 19 at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom in Bellevue under the direction of Lynn M. Brinckmeyer, Professor of Music and Associate Director for the School of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University.
Jessica Conlon (soprano voice), also a junior, was selected for the NAfME All-Northwest Treble Choir, representing Mount Si High School and Washington State. This ensemble performed February 19 at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom in Bellevue under the direction of Anton Eugene Armstrong, the Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir and Professor of Music at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN).
Above: 2017 National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) All-Northwest Conference performing at Benaroya Hall.
Below: At left, Percussionist Tyler Bateman poses between Mount Si Band Directors Matt Wenman and Bill Leather.
At right, Mount Si High School Choir Director Haley Isaacs congratulates Soprano Vocalist Jessica Conlon.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District complies with all federal and state statutes and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all district employment and student opportunities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer and Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Nancy Meeks, P.O. Box 400, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, phone 425-831-8000.