PHS garners 47 firsts at State Solo & Ensemble

Posted May 29, 2018

Four Plymouth High School students were nominated for Exemplary Performances, and 47 events received First ratings at this year’s State Solo & Ensemble Music Festival.

PHS sent 88 events to the Wisconsin School Music Association-sanctioned event held April 28 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Those events – 61 band, 26 choir, and one piano – received a Starred 1 rating in Class A from the district festival in March to advance to state.

Three PHS students received the highest award, Exemplary Performance Recognition, which identifies the most exceptional performances:

  • Anna Pinter: Flute Solo
  • Katie Sanborn: Music Theater-Soprano/Alto Solo
  • Adam Smith: Trombone Solo

In addition, Kathleen Coley was nominated for an Exemplary Performance for her Music Theater-Soprano/Alto Solo.

First ratings at State


  • Mostly Winds Ethnic, Folk, Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Misc. Ensemble
  • Brass Quartet: Joseph Sebranek
  • Trombone Quartet: Abigail Horner et al
  • Woodwind Quartets: Katie Sanborn et al; Anna Pinter, et al
  • Misc. Brass Duet, Trio, Quartet: Katie Pocian et al
  • Misc. WW Duet, Trio, Quartets: Anna Pinter et al; Rosie Johnson et al
  • Drum Trio: Collin Doherty
  • Drum Set Solo: Asher Marcom
  • Parade Drum Solos: Jon Brisson; Asher Marcom
  • Flute Solos: Sarah Birenbaum; Anna Pinter
  • French Horn Solo: Sanae Yamamoto
  • Marimba or Xylophone Solo: Collin Doherty
  • Oboe Solos: Alex Oty; Catharine Williamson
  • Bb Tenor Saxophone Solo: Keeley Kuru
  • Eb Baritone Saxophone Solo: Ben Schaefers
  • Trombone Solo: Adam Smith
  • Trumpet Solos: Justin Schmitz; Joseph Sebranek
  • Jazz Piano Non-Improv Solo: Justin Schmitz


  • Madrigal Ensemble:
  • Mixed Contemporary A Cappella
  • SSA Trio: Katie Sanborn et al
  • SS, SA, AA Duet: Logan Schrieber et al
  • Music Theater Solos: Erica Birenbaum; Kathleen Coley; Rosie Johnson; Bennett Josephs; Katie Sanborn; Logan Schrieber; Anne Sedlacek; Andrew Van Norwick; Quinn Zwick
  • Soprano Solos: Erica Birenbaum; Azure Maki; Katie Sanborn; Kathleen Coley
  • Baritone or Bass Solos: Ethan Joseph; Luke Schneider
  • Tenor Solos: Bennett Josephs; Ian Thiesenhusen

Learn more:

• Check out The Arts section of our District Report Card to learn more about our music programs being among the best in the state.