On March 2, the high school concert band, chamber group and two soloists competed in the Golden Empire Solo/Ensemble Music Festival at Sacramento State University.

The groups and individuals raked in four gold medals and one silver medal.

Senior Monique Lonergan participated as a soloist singer for the first time, earning a gold medal.

“I sang ‘Le Violette’ by Alessandro Scarlatti,” Lonergan said. “I was kind of nervous because I had never competed as a soloist before, but the adjudicator was really nice and gave some very helpful feedback.”

Senior Chardonnay Needler also earned a gold medal as a soloist, playing the cello. She performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Courante” and “Menuets I and II” from the “Cello Suite in G Major.”

In addition, the trio of Needler (cello) , senior Allison Zhang (violin) and junior Shimin Zhang (piano) earned a gold medal. They played “Spring” by Astor Piazzolla.

The high school band also won a gold medal in the woodwind ensemble category, playing “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The woodwind ensemble consisted of seniors Heidi Johnson, Alex Rogawski and Harrison Moon; juniors Max Kemnitz and Bill Tsui;  sophomores Elijah Azar and Michael Tovar; and freshmen Craig Bolman, Ethan Monasa and Arijit Trivedi.

The piano quartet of junior Emma Boersma and sophomores Sarina Rye, Elise Sommerhaug and Erin Wilson earned a silver medal for “Sonata (Siciliano)” by Josef Hellmesberger.

The gold medalists advance to the Northern California State Solo/Ensemble Music Competition, May 3-4 at Sacramento State.

—By Miles Morrow

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