After almost two years of virtual orchestra, we finally had the opportunity to take our music back on the road! We performed at Orchestra Fest at Central Washington University, the Front Street Park Gazebo in Leavenworth, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, and more! We also appreciated honing our music skills with visiting clinicians at Icicle Creek Performing Arts Center, Portland State University, the University of Puget Sound, and right here at Interlake.
Congratulations to our Interlake orchestra students who received top awards at the 2022 WIAA WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Festival competition on April 29-30 in Ellensburg, WA!
- Anderson Widjaja, Solo Double Bass – First Place
- Three Little Seniors, Small String Ensemble – First Place
(Jeffrey Chen, Ziqi Fang, Melody Zhang)
- Bass Featuring Quartet, Large String Ensemble – Third Place
(Ziqi Fang, Katherine Li, Amelia Matsumoto, Careu Tapang, Sabine Wood)
This is a first for Interlake High School to win awards in both chamber music categories in the same year!
Despite the pandemic limiting us to online classes, we wouldn’t let it prevent us from making music together! The Interlake Chamber Orchestra was awarded 1st Place Gold, the Adjudicator’s Award, and the Outstanding Orchestra Award at the April 2021 World Strides Virtual Heritage Festival competing against schools from Japan, Vietnam, Canada, and the United States. The Interlake Collaborative Orchestra, a combination of all three of our ensembles, won 1st Place Gold at World Strides as well. Because of COVID-19, our classes were virtual; however, students learned to use a variety of technical apps and software to record and create a full orchestra experience. Students worked together virtually in breakout rooms to improve technique and discuss music expression and ideas, and the upper classmen helped mentor the younger students to create a warm and inclusive online environment.
Additionally, congratulations to our Concert Orchestra on receiving a Superior rating at the WMEA Eastshore Orchestra II Festival!
With the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state of Washington, it was determined that Chamber Orchestra, one of this year’s National Finalists, would not be able to make the trip to New York City to participate in the National Orchestra Cup. Chamber Orchestra recorded the performance that they had planned on presenting at Alice Tully Hall for you to enjoy.
Congratulations to the Interlake High School Sinfonia Orchestra and their director Shira Katsman on winning multiple awards including Silver 1st Place for Orchestra, Outstanding Orchestra Group Award, and the Sweepstakes Instrumental Program award at the 2019 World Strides Heritage Festival in San Francisco.
The Interlake Chamber Orchestra gave an amazing performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J. S. Bach and Introduction & Allegro, op. 47 by Edward Elgar at the World Strides Heritage Festival in Anaheim on Friday, March 16. They received a perfect score of 100 points from all three adjudicators! This is a HUGE accomplishment because in the 40+ years of this national festival it is the very first time that an instrumental group has ever received perfect scores from all the judges!!! The orchestra received the Adjudicator Award, Outstanding Orchestra Group Award, Gold 1st Place Award, and the Spirit of Anaheim Perfection award (a one-time award created specifically for their incredible achievement). Four of our students also received the Maestro Award – Marie Leou, Fiona Soetrisno, Léo Dage, and Sophia Cho.
2016 and Earlier
Photos from the Miro Quartet visit in 2014
A Taste of Music Through the Years