The music program is singing a sweet song this week after a stellar performance at the State Solo and Ensemble Championships sponsored by the Washington Music Educator’s Association.
"Wow, oh my gosh, it's been a great year," said Choir and Orchestra Director Jim Peterson. "It's so awesome."
The 16 members of the ensemble Men of Lyrica won the second-place trophy in the men’s vocal competition Friday at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. The Men of Lyrica also earned a rating of “State Superior,” the highest level of technique and artistry that can be expected of a high school student.
They were among 22 men’s ensembles that earned the right to compete in the state championships after winning at the regional level -- competitions involving 375 men’s ensembles.
Three Lake Washington ensembles and three soloists reached the state championships, and Peterson said they all sang their hearts out.
"They performed with style and precision and real, heartfelt emotion," he said.
Other LW vocal groups earning recognition at state included the Lyrica Mixed 16, which earned a State Superior rating after a stunning performance.
Ryan Lustgarten and Daniel Porras both received state superiors for their solo work on Saturday in the tenor and baritone categories. The Echo quartet and Jessica Gear both received state excellent ratings in women’s small vocal ensemble and soprano respectively.