Thirteen University High School student musicians recently competed in the Indiana State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) Solo and Ensemble district competitions. Five students competed in the vocal/piano district competition on Saturday, Jan. 26, and nine Trailblazers competed in the wind/strings/percussion district competition on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The following students competed in the vocal/piano competition:

  • Sam Lautenbach, vocal
  • Daniel Paavola, piano
  • Brooke Paganelli, vocal
  • Ryan Ricks, piano
  • Katherine Zhong, piano

Paganelli and Ricks both earned a gold rating in Group 2 for their performances. Lautenbach earned a silver rating in Group 1. And Paavola and Zhong both earned gold ratings in Group 1. Paavola’s and Zhong’s ratings qualified them for the state competition, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 16 at Perry Meridian Middle School.

The following soloists competed in the wind/strings/percussion competition:

  • Eli Beheler, euphonium
  • Kaitlyn Beheler, clarinet
  • Sophia Hwang, violin
  • Daniel Paavola, marimba
  • Avani Papadopolous, violin
  • Jada Swearingen, clarinet

Additionally, Kaitlin Beheler, Ella Longoria, Cole Reinholt, and Karen Wang performed a clarinet quartet.

All of the students competed in Group 1 for the wind/strings/percussion competition. Eli Beheler and Swearingen both earned silver ratings on their solos, and the clarinet quartet also earned a silver rating. Kaitlyn Beheler, Hwang, Paavola, and Papadopolous all earned gold ratings on  their solos and thus qualified for the state competitions on Saturday, Feb. 23 at North Central High School (wind/percussion) and Northview Middle School (strings).

To perform in Group I, students must choose a piece from a list of challenging music. Students earning a gold rating played a performance that was “outstanding in nearly every detail.”

Congratulations to these University High School student musicians!