Students Earn Top Scores at Music Competition

Artist creates Jack and the Beanstalk out of balloons.


(LFCDS) students recently enjoyed a successful day at the 2012 Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) Solo & Ensemble Contest.

This annual contest provides music students an opportunity to perform for a judge and receive feedback from a professional musician. The contest includes woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, string, and vocal events. LFCDA students dominated the first and second place finishes, and seven students achieved a perfect score.

Listed below are the students under their respective division categories:

Perfect Scores: Woodwind Quartet - Annie Hennessy, Lydia Puryear, Shaena Wright, and Victoria Giambrone; Snare Drum Solo - Matt Spadaro; Vocal Solo - Agatha Walgreen and Vocal Solo - Alessandro Raganelli.

First Division:

Piano Solo - Grace Hale

Piano Solo - Kimberly “Kimie” Han

Sax Solo - Sophie Kommers

Sax Solo - Victoria Giambrone

Sax Solo - David Krivoshik

Sax Solo - Alessandro Raganelli

Trumpet Solo - Mariah Goeks

Trumpet Solo - Grace Hale

Trumpet Solo - Natalie Regan

Trumpet Trio - Anne Marie Boardman, Lily Connery, and Natalie Regan

Violin Solo – Kimberly “Kimie” Han

Clarinet Solo - Lowell Weil

Flute Solo - Rasha Baig

Flute Duet - Grace Lee and Sydney Steinberg

Flute/Clarinet Trio - Kimie Han, Shirley Knight, and Kimberly Stafford

Sax/Clarinet Duet - Lowell Weil and Colin Weil

Sax/Trombone Duet - Becca Dee and Lexie Kolb

Trombone Solo - Zachery Barker

Trombone Solo - Barbara Canty

Vocal Solo - Joyce Caldwell

Vocal Solo - Rasha Baig

Vocal Solo - Sophia Platcow

Vocal Solo - Amanda Tibbals


Second Division:

Sax Solo - Wes Dixon

Clarinet Solo - Shaena Wright

Clarinet Solo - Liam Larsen

Flute Solo - Lydia Puryear

Flute Solo - Alexis Jimenez

Trombone Duet - George Hodgkins and Nicholas Bauer

Trumpet Duet - Grace Hale and Sara Sexton

Xylophone Solo - Amanda Tibbals


Lake Forest Country Day School has installed a two-story-tall Jack and the Beanstalk made entirely out of balloons in celebration of this year's annual fundraising auction event theme, "Once Upon a Time". The custom balloon exhibit was designed and created by Chicago area balloon artist Holly Nagel, owner of Twist 'n' Shout. Nagel specializes in creating interactive balloon entertainment and decor for special events. Her regular corporate clients include The Field Museum and The Chicago Bears.


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