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Over fifty Edmonds School District High School musicians have qualified for the WIAA/WMEA State Solo/Ensemble contest in April.  These students, representing all four of our comprehensive High Schools, placed in the top three in their categories at the SKMEA Regional Solo/Ensemble contest which was held at Lynnwood High School on Saturday, February 2nd.  Winners in each category will compete at the state level, and alternates will also compete if space allows.  These students have come through our K-12 music program and are a reflection of the incredible work that our music teachers do.  If you know any of these students please congratulate them!  

Winner Alyea, Lucas EWHS Bass Voice
Winner Tang, Matt EWHS Guitar
Winner McCann, Sophia EWHS Violin
Winner Medieros, Amelie EWHS Alto Saxophone
Winner EWHS Percussion Trio EW HS Perc - Sm Ens.*
Winner Mosqueda-Cisneros, Ashley Lynnwood HS Tenor Sax
Winner O'Brien, Kellen Lynnwood HS Euphonium
Winner O'Brien, Kellen Lynnwood HS Trombone
Winner Tiponut, Rosemary Lynnwood HS Soprano Voice
Winner Ussery, Julian Lynnwood HS Tuba
1st Alt. Neophonics EWHS S/M/A Vocal-Lg*
1st Alt. Chen, Audrey EWHS Cello
1st Alt. Nappen, Hailey EWHS Viola
1st Alt. LHS #11 Royal Voices Lynnwood HS Mixed Vocal-Lg*
1st Alt. LHS #27 Jazz 1 Trombones Lynnwood HS Brass-Sm Ens.*
1st Alt. Dorgan, matthew Lynnwood HS Trombone
1st Alt. The Baguettes Meadowdale HS WW-Lg Ens.*
1st Alt. Setala, Abby Mountlake Terrace HS Trumpet
2nd Alt. EWHS Camerata EWHS Strings-Lg*
2nd Alt. Tiponut, Rosemary Lynnwood HS Oboe



EWHS Neophonics EWHS Perc Trio EWHS Camerata
Angela Adams Matt Tang Audrey Chen
Molly Alyea Max Bartron Noak Croskey
Aidan Cavanaugh Allen Baustista Andrea Cruz-Munoz
Branna Epp   Lucy Finnell
Jacob Kirtschen   Sydney Keay
Tressa Knight LHS #27 Jazz 1 Trombones Katie Kim
Naomi Limb Kalyani Blackwell Sophia Mc Cann
Kelly Luu Jaxon Kelm Hailey Nappen
Norah Ohly Kellen O'Brien Hilee Park
Clara Rothschiller Julian Ussery


MDH Baguettes    
Leon Galloway LHS #11 Royal Voices  
Sabrina Hunter Nova Bright  
Eunice Lee Jaden Siscar  
Paola Ochoa Jordin Stephenson  
Yoo Kyong Oh Tifffany Vo  
Paige Rittierodt Elizabeth Z.  
Skylar West    
Annabelle Yenter


After School Korean percussion ensemble

Korean Drum Ensemble

                     photo courtesy of SeattleN

Pungmul is a genre of traditional Korean drumming that includes rhythm and movement based on rice farming culture. A Pungmul class has been offered as part of the Distsrict's Summer Music School for many years and this year will expand.

The district will offer a free after school program at Mountlake Terace High, Edmonds Pungmul Pae. The Korean percussion ensemble is geared toward secondary students and will meet twice a week.

Students and families who are interested in joining the Pungmul ensemble are encouraged to complete the below interest form. 

Edmonds Pungmul Pae interest form

Edmonds Pungmul Pae will be available for performances beginning in 2023. Please contact Matthew Benuska if interested.

In August, students from the Edmonds Summer Music School Pungmul class performed at the Korean American Chamber of Commerce's "Waba Korea Festival" at Pier 69 in Seattle.

Congratulations to State Qualifying Music Students!

  On Saturday, February 5th, Lynnwood High School hosted the Sno-King Music Educators (SKMEA) Solo/Ensemble contest. Approximately 900 students performed solos, or in various ensembles throughout the day. Amy Stevenson and Phil Onishi did a fantastic job of hosting the event which ran smoothly and safely. LHS musicians professionally handled the duties of room monitors, runner and event staff. Overall, it was an incredible day of music making in a positive, encouraging environment.

The SKMEA Solo/Ensemble contest is a regionally qualifying event for the WIAA/WMEA State Solo/Ensemble contest which will be held at Central Washington University at the end of April.  Students who place first in their categories automatically qualify for the State Contest.  First and Second Alternates are also eligible for the State Contest on a space available basis, and often get the opportunity to compete.  

ALL of the musicians performing on Saturday are winners, and went above and beyond by challenging themselves and performing!  But, the following Edmonds students rose to the top of their categories, and either qualified for, or are eligible to perform at the state level.  If you know any of these students, please share your congratulations!

Oboe-English Horn
Winner:  Rose Tiponut, Lynnwood High School
First Alternate: Taneli Freeman, Edmonds-Woodway High School
Soprano-Alto Saxophone
Winner:  Jackson McCormick, Lynnwood High School
First Alternate:  Aurysia Ko, Meadowdale High School
Tenor-Baritone Saxophone
First Alternate:  Jackson McCormick, Lynnwood High School
First Alternate:  Ethan Weight, Mountlake Terrace High School
Second Alternate:  Abby Setala, Mountlake Terrace High School
First Alternate:  Shinhyun Kim, Edmonds-Woodway High School
Bass Voice
First Alternate:  Lucas Alyea, Edmonds-Woodway High School
First Alternate:  Forrest Aubrey, Edmonds-Woodway High School
Second Alternate:  Joyce Ho, Edmonds-Woodway High School
First Alternate:  LHS #6 WE Clarinet Choir, Lynnwood High School
Second Alternate:  MDHS Clarinet Choir, Meadowdale High School
Winner:  Clarkettes, Edmonds-Woodway High School
Second Alternate:  LHS #11 WE Sax Quartet, Lynnwood High School
Mixed Vocal-Large
First Alternate:  LHS #16 Voices Royale, Lynnwood High School



Congratulations! Amy Stevenson, SnoKing Region Outstanding Music Educator!

Amy Stevenson, Music Director at LHS, has been selected by the SnoKing Region music educators as their 2022 WMEA Regional Outstanding Music Educator!

"You are a most deserving recipient of this recognition as evidenced by the outstanding work you do each day in bringing music to life for students. As an outstanding music educator in your region, and indeed throughout the state, you have garnered the respect not only of your students but also of your colleagues. Thank you for your dedication, pursuit of excellence, and belief in the value of music education. Every day,  you make a difference that inspires others!"

-Andrea Klouse,

Past President

Washington Music Educators Association


Congratulations to Phil Onishi and Kate Labiak
 who have both been selected for induction into the WMEA Hall of Fame.  The formal presentation will be at the WMEA State conference in February.  These are two talented, dedicated and caring teachers who exemplify excellence, and richly deserve this honor and recognition.  Please make a point of reaching out to them with your congratulations!  Edmonds is so fortunate to have exemplary music teachers like Kate and Phil!

Announcing the Hall of Fame Class of 2022

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Paul Elliott Cobbs              Kate Labiak

Geoffrey Boers                  Chris Bruya

Michael Brant                    Don Pearce

Scott Brown                        Phil Onishi