Immanuel Lutheran band, orchestra win awards at festivals

Lori Ward St. Vincent
Updated 3/20/2017 9:02 PM
  • Immanuel Lutheran School students participate in the annual Orchestra Festival on March 11.

    Immanuel Lutheran School students participate in the annual Orchestra Festival on March 11. Courtesy of Immanuel Lutheran

On Saturday, March 11, band students from Immanuel Lutheran School in Batavia participated in a Solo Festival at St. Peter Lutheran School in Schaumburg. All students who attended prepared a piece that they performed with piano accompaniment.

"They each did a fantastic job and should be very proud of themselves!," said Immanuel band director Maxine Lange.

Congratulations go out to Ethan Bello who earned a silver medal on his extremely challenging piece, and to Ashley Heetland, Ethan Peck, Rebekah Dauksha, and Julia Viehweg, who each earned gold medals.

Also on March 11, orchestra students participated in an Orchestra Festival, which was held at Immanuel.

"The kids all did an awesome job," said Immanuel's orchestra teacher Char Bogda. The clinician for the festival was Roberto Carillo, cellist, and orchestra teacher from Evanston.

• First Place Plus: Bella Polizzotto and Gabe Stein Rodrigues (these students played from memory, in addition to earning first place).

• First place: Warren Swanson, Addie Hamill, Keri Krivograd, Chessie Polizzotto, Rosie Feece, Emerson Rueter, Kylie Thrasher, Eleanor Barton, Kayleigh McLane, Colleen Siemann, Alexis Morales, Jack Nelson, Cayla Oldenburger, Jack Henderson, Tessa Lejeck, Alex Murphy, McKinley Van, and Lydia Wilson.

• Second place: Mackenzie Murphy, Sam O'Donnell. and Kera Kennaugh. Students who performed solos for comments only were: Jack Carroll, Ryan Bowman, Sam Carroll, Joe Christenson, Sara Jerdee, Karinna Popp. Olivia Groetken, Madison Van, and Luke Feltner.

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