Music Department hits high note
[caption id="attachment_1356" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Frank Lewis directs the concert choir at the spring choral performance. Photo courtesy of Bellarmine Prep Twitter Frank Lewis directs the concert choir at the spring choral performance. Photo courtesy of Bellarmine Prep Twitter[/caption] Music chair Frank Lewis recently announced the results from the 2016 Commencement Bay Regional Piano and Vocal/Instrumental Solo Ensemble Contest. His March 8 email subject title, “Music Department Has Great News to Share,” captured the pride of this prestigious program. Junior Casey Burgess agrees with his teacher’s assessment. “Being a part of the Bellarmine music program is such a privilege. I get to sing every day and work with an awesome director in Mr. Lewis. The regional finalists have put in so much work on their solos and duets, and I can't wait to see them go far in competition.” Lewis explained the results below. In March, Bellarmine students competed against students from the Tacoma, Fife, Peninsula, and Vashon Island districts for the opportunity to advance to the State Music competition in April at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Bellarmine earned 30 Superior ratings at contest. (A Superior rating is a performance of the highest caliber, distinctive in every respect.) Bellarmine will send 33 music students to represent Bellarmine at the State contest in April. Bellarmine Ensembles and 7 soloists took first place and will advance to the State contest. Additionally, 3 soloists and 2 ensembles took 2nd place earning 1st alternate spots; 3 soloists and 2 ensembles took 3rd place earning 2nd alternate to the state contest. 1st Place Solo Winners Advancing to State Soprano Voice Category Miranda White Alto Voice Category Cecilia Lewis Tenor Voice Category Eric Graupensperger Bass Voice Category Aiden Brown Viola Category Rose Heimstra Bass Clarinet Category Henry Emery Oboe Category Ashley Ultsch 1st Place Ensemble Winners Advancing to State Women’s Large Ensemble Men’s Large Ensemble Mixed Large Ensemble The Bellarmine Treble Makers The Bell R Men Bellarmine Mixed Ensemble Justine Sullivan Derek Burgonio Derek Burgonio Grace Hendrickson Matthew Turner Adien Brown Marisa Gooding Aiden Brown Riley Galante Kellie Roscoe JJ McMonigal JJ McMonigal Julia Gavigan Riley Galante Ryan Baer Elizabeth Blodgett Dominique Noel-Harrison Lauren Thomas Lauren Thomas Kevin Yu Claire Colombini Claire Colombini Sean Lane Miranda White Miranda White Cameron Wyman Cecilia Lewis Morgan Robydek Ryan Baer Eric Graupensperger Cecilia Lewis Eric Graupensperger Grace Hendrickson Maddie McCann Chasen Misko-Capell Morgan Robydek Veronica Fransisco Paul Vano Maddie McCann Sophia Jahns Elizabeth Blodgett Chasen Misko Capell Paul Vano Women’s Small Ensemble Men’s Small Ensemble Mixed Small Ensemble BPS Women’s Duet 2 Men in Black BPS Mixed Duet Elizabeth Blodgett Eric Graupensperger Eric Graupensperger Grace Hendrickson Riley Galante Cecilia Lewis Woodwind Small Ensemble Dynasty Sax Quartet Eric Graupensperger Sharon Ideguchi Colby Jackson EJ Velasco

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