Ten Wautoma High School Band students advanced to the Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo & Ensemble Festival following their performances at the South Central Conference Festival on Feb. 24 at Westfield Area High School. Pictured are: (back row): Evan Gruszka, Cole Hinz, Estela Paredes, Selena Melby, Amanda Zhang, Sarenna Sueoka and Aaron Daye; (front row): Leo Weiss, Carly Hartenberger and Ryan Riley.The Wautoma Choir students who will compete at the state competition at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on April 28 include: (back row): Maria Stake, Mackenzie Risch, Sarenna Sueoka, Ben Kowalewski, Julia Kapp, Thalia Loa and Emma Blaszczyk; (middle row): Chloë Gulbronson, Ty Schmidt, Katy Bray, Carly Hartenberger, Jacob Schmidt, Trenton Immonen and Evan Gruszka; (front row): Elijah McLain, Dalton Wartzenluft, Sydnee Dehling, Dinah Schmidt and Jordan Reilly.

Wautoma students advance to WSMA State Solo & Ensemble

Twenty-six Wautoma High School Choir and Band students advanced to the Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo & Ensemble Festival following their performances at the South Central Conference Festival on Feb. 24 at Westfield Area High School.

Of those who participated, 21 Wautoma High School Choir and Band events qualified for the WSMA State Solo & Ensemble Festival to be held on Saturday, April 28, at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

The students prepared vocal solos, duets and collative performances as well as instrumental solos and ensembles. To qualify for the State Solo & Ensemble competition, students are evaluated by the adjudicators on a strict rubric and must receive a 1* rating in a Class A, or advanced, event.

A few students involved took part in several vocal and instrumental events for the adjudicators throughout the day, with senior Carly Hartenberger heading to state in six events, five vocal and one instrumental event, while choir students Emma Blaszczyk and Thalia Loa advanced in five events.

The band students who advanced to State include: Evan Gruszka, trumpet solo; Sarenna Sueoka, bassoon solo; Selena Melby, saxophone quintet and woodwind duet; Ryan Riley, saxophone quintet; Cole Hinz, saxophone quintet; Leo Weiss, saxophone quintet; Aaron Daye, saxophone quintet; Carly Hartenberger, flute trio; Estela Paredes, flute trio; and Amanda Zhang, flute trio and woodwind duet.

Of the eight instrumental Class A events that competed at the SCC Solo & Ensemble Festival, five eligible events will be performing at State.

The choir students selected to advance following their performances included: Carly Hartenberger, treble barbershop quartet, musical theater solo, classical solo, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Emma Blaszczyk, treble barbershop quartet, musical theater solo, classical solo, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Dinah Schmidt, treble barbershop quartet, classical solo, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Thalia Loa, treble barbershop quartet, classical solo, musical theater solo, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Katy Bray, treble barbershop quartet, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Chloë Gulbronson, treble barbershop quartet, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Jacob Schmidt, barbershop quartet and Vocal Jazz; Sarenna Sueoka, treble barbershop quartet, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Trenton Immonen, barbershop quartet, classical solo, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Dalton Wartzenluft, barbershop quartet, classical solo, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Jordan Reilly, barbershop quartet, classical solo, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Mackenzie Risch, Madrigal, and Vocal Jazz; Maria Stake, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Elijah McLain, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Evan Gruszka, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Ty Schmidt, Madrigal, and Vocal Jazz; Ben Kowalewski, Madrigal and Vocal Jazz; Sydnee Dehling, treble barbershop quartet; and Julia Kapp, classical solo.

Of the 22 Wautoma Class A choral events that participated at the SCC Solo & Ensemble, 16 qualified for the state festival.

The Wautoma High School Music Department will be hosting concerts for the public in a few weeks. The band concert will be held on Tuesday, March 20, and the choir will be performing on Monday, March 26. Both concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and be held at the McComb/ Bruchs Performing Arts Center in Wautoma.