Huron High School student musicians excel at the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival

Huron High School students excelled at the recent Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) State Solo and Ensemble Festival.

In fact, Huron was the most represented school in the state with 130 solo and ensemble events, receiving the most excellent ratings in 109 events  (and 19 received a rating of good); and had 11 students nominated as an Outstanding Soloist—the most students in the state.

The Huron outstanding soloists nominated at State Solo and Ensemble, left to right: Catherine Li, trumpet; Sarah Conley, trombone; Zachary Xu, trombone; Andrew Park, cello; Peter Fazekas, violin; Selah Dowell, violin; Anna Lee, violin; Peter Schwendemann, violin. Not pictured: Nathan Leung, alto saxophone; Jerry Yang, alto saxophone; and Fonsea Bagchi, horn

“All of this success would not be possible without a strong and supportive community that values the arts,” noted Huron Orchestra Director Timothy Krohn. “Many thanks to all of our outstanding private teachers who do amazing work with our students, to the parents/families who have supported their student’s musical journey over all of these years, and to our Huron Administrative team lead by Ché Carter who are strong advocates of the performing arts at Huron!”

The Concerto Winners: Left to right: Anna Lee: violin, Huron High School; Ryo Morita: trumpet, Pioneer High School; Nathan Leung: alto saxophone, Huron High School; and Ian Chung: flute, Pioneer High School.

The 11 Outstanding Soloists are:

Nathan Leung, alto saxophone

Jerry Yang, alto saxophone

Catherine Li, trumpet

Fonsea Bagchi, horn

Sarah Conley, trombone

Zachary Xu, trombone

Selah Dowell, violin

Peter Fazekas, violin

Anna Lee, violin

Peter Schwendemann, violin

Andrew Park, cello.

In addition, 11 students were nominated for the MSBOA Spring Honors Band and Orchestra—the most in the state. These students are: 

Catherine Li, trumpet

 Fonsea Bagchi, horn

 Sean Edelman, trombone

 Peter Faekas, violin (honors concertmaster!)

 Ahmed Hejazi, violin

 Peter Schwendeman, violin

 Anna Lee, violin

 Taiyang, Suchan, violin

 Samantha Goldstein, viola

 Henry Beard, String bass

 Allison Mi, harp

And finally, two of the four winners of MSBOA solo competition were Huron students Nathan Leung, alto saxophone, and Anna Lee, violin.

The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association has provided numerous student-oriented activities such as festivals, workshops, and teacher in-service functions at both the district and state levels for 88 years.

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