MCAS Music Students Earn Medals at District, State Level

By: Michigan City Area Schools Last Updated: February 27, 2015

MCAS-ISSMA-Collage-2015Instrumental and vocal music students from four Michigan City Area Schools took part in Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) contests in late January and during February.

Vocal soloists and ensembles from Michigan City High School earned Gold medals at the ISSMA district level contests on music of the highest difficulty level (Group I), qualifying for State competition in Indianapolis at Perry Meridian High School. Many of these students again earned Gold or Silver at the State level.

In addition, for the first time students from Pine Elementary, MCAS’ Magnet School for the Visual and Performing Arts, performed at the district-level ISSMA contests. They were one of the only elementary schools in the region with students participating in ISSMA, which is typically attended by students of middle school age or above. Many of the Pine students earned Gold medals for solos and ensembles.

Congratulations to the following MCAS students:

From Michigan City High School

Gold Medals (Instrumental)
Andrew Boklund, snare drum solo
Amy Kotaska, baritone solo
April Lawrenz, clarinet solo
Olivia Glowacki, Steve Siegmund, and Justin Smoker, mallet trio

Silver Medals (Instrumental)
Morgan Goldman, tuba solo
Allen Murray, tuba solo

Bronze Medal (Instrumental)
Austin Bethke, clarinet solo

Gold Medals (Vocal)
James Anthony
Caitlin Martinez
Rebecca Richmond
Elizabeth Davis, Madalynn Dow, Ciara Burnett, and Bianca Crawford - female quartet
Caitlin Martinez, Meghan Tripp, and Nicolette Pyplatz - female trio
Braxton Hervey, James Anthony, Marcus Lester, and Christian Toney - male quartet
The City Singers - large ensemble

Silver Medals (Vocal)
Pam Foldenauer

Because they received Gold in Division I, Rebecca Richmond, Caitlin Martinez, and James Anthony all advanced to the State competition as did three ensembles. Richmond and the City Singers received Silver ratings at State. Martinez and Anthony each received Gold ratings at State for solos; the Martinez/Tripp/Plyplatz trio and the Hervey/Anthony/Lester/Toney quartet also achieved Gold in Indianapolis.

From Barker Middle School
Cassidy Downs earned a gold rating for her vocal solo, Group III

From Krueger Middle School

Gold Medals (Instrumental)
Sara Collins, Group V Flute solo
Gabe Galvan, Group V Saxophone solo
Lauren Goolsby, Group V Flute solo
Jael Martin, Group V Cornet solo

Gold Medals (Vocal)
Hayley Catchings, Group IV solo
Neva Panayi, Group III solo
Hayley Schwanke, Emily Rhodes, Neva Panayi, Gretchen Szabo, Aaron Williams, Travis Lenoir (Group IV mixed ensemble)
Jasmine Williams, Makaila Fritz, Allyson Young, Samarah Williams, Abbie Pytynia, Alexius Thompson (Group IV female ensemble)

Silver Medal (Vocal)
Felicia Skelton, Group IV solo

From Pine Elementary Magnet School for the Arts

The following students received a Gold medal for their instrumental solos:
Deliana Adams
Halana Hererra
Josh Wilhelm

The following students received a Gold medal for their vocal solos:
Delaina Adams
Madison Barnett
Jordan Hess
Halle Hood
Danaka Howard
Alaviah Miller

The following students received a Gold medal for their vocal ensemble:
Jordyn Hixon
Kaitlin Hollihan
Danaka Howard
Kyla Mashburn
Savanah Sanchez
Carrissa Vinson

The following students received silver medals for their solo or ensemble:
Deneesha Bowers
Phillip Frame
Octavia Parkenton
MyAsia Stalling
MyKia Stalling
Tyreana Terrell
Chirs Vernard
Joshua Wilhelm