Elite honors for SK music students

Three SK students selected to WMEA event
Posted on 11/06/2018
WMEA studentsCongratulations to students Nicholas Grams, Alexis Reddin, and Hailey Denault for their selection to the Washington Music Educators Association Junior All-State bands, choirs, and orchestra. Outstanding fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade music students from across Washington received top honors by being selected to participate in the elite WMEA event.

Nicholas Grams plays the baritone saxophone and was selected to the 2019 Junior All State Band. Alexis Reddin is an alto voice and was selected to the 2019 Junior All State Choir. Hailey Denault plays violin and was selected to the 2109 Junior All State Orchestra. All three students attend Marcus Whitman Middle School and are under the direction of Ms. Keira Merwine and Ms. Andrea Siedlecki.

The students will join more than 570 other exceptional young performers in Vancouver for the event. The WMEA Junior All-State groups will meet February 16, 2019 to rehearse together under the direction of select music educators and present a final concert that afternoon. More than 1600 students auditioned to participate in the prestigious event, which is sponsored by the Washington Music Educators Association.

Many professional musicians credit their All-State experience as crucial in their decision to choose music as a career. Thousands of others whose career paths took them in other directions have great memories of participating in this inspiring and motivating musical experience and claim that it was a life-changing experience. Well-known Washingtonians who have participated in past years’ WMEA All-State groups include The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey, 2008 National Teacher of the Year Andrea Peterson and jazz saxophonist Kenny G.