Blaine students earn top ranks at state

Published on Thu, May 7, 2009
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By Andy Harmening

Blaine high school’s Michelle Berry, Nichole Munden, Jacqui Meaker, and Alexandra Dolk competed in the 2009 W.I.A.A. State Solo/Ensemble competition in Ellensburg. They won their category in the local San Juan Music Educator's Association Solo Competition January 31 in Bellingham competing against other musicians from all high school classification.

Michelle, Jacqui and Alexandra all performed on Saturday, April 25th in the state solo competition but did not place. Michelle competed against 39 other sopranos and earned superior scores from all three judges. She studies voice with Margot Hanson.

Jacqui, a sophomore who took third in state last year as a freshman, competed against 16 other guitarists, scored very well and is a student of David Feingold. Alexandra, a Senior, competed against 21 other bassoonists. She also scored very well and studies with Martin Kuuskmann.

On April 24, Michelle Berry and Nichole Munden, in a soprano vocal duet “Caccia” (Italian for '’chasing voices’), competed in the State Vocal Ensemble competition. Senior Nichole Munden and Junior Michelle Berry sang performed “Turn Then Thine Eyes” by Henry Purcell and “Sub tuum praesidium” by W.A. Mozart.

Competing against 21 other ensembles, our Borderite duo earned a Superior score from all three judges and won the 3rd place state trophy in the Womens Small Vocal Ensemble category. This is the first time a Blaine ensemble has placed in this state music competition.