Four Port Townsend students selected for statewide music ensembles
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Port Townsend High School music students, from left, Ella Becker, Alejandro Montanez and Ryan Clarke along with one student from Blue Heron Middle School will perform with statewide music ensembles.

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — Four Port Townsend students have qualified for Washington Music Educators All-State Honor ensembles.

Three students from Port Townsend High School and one from Blue Heron Middle School will perform at the educators’ all-state concert Feb. 12-16 in Yakima.

Port Townsend music students submitted audition recordings for the state honor ensembles in October and were selected to perform with the best music students in the state, said Kim Clarke, Port Townsend band director.

“They work hard, and they’re some of the best students in our program,” Clarke said.

Freshman Alejandro Montanez will perform as a percussionist for the state Honor Wind Symphony.

Montanez previously performed with the Junior All-State Band in both his seventh- and eighth-grade years.

Junior Ryan Clarke was selected to play trombone, also in the Honor Wind Symphony.

Clarke participated in the Junior All-State Band in the eighth grade, the All-State Wind Symphony as a freshman and the All-Northwest Wind Symphony as a sophomore.

He also was selected to perform at the April 2013 Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Ensemble contest.

Sophomore Ella Becker will play violin in the All-State Orchestra.

Becker performed in the Junior All-State Orchestra in the eighth grade.

Blue Heron sixth-grade student Olivia Crecca, who sings in both the alto and soprano registers, was selected to sing alto as a member of the Junior Youth Choir.


Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at

Last modified: December 23. 2013 6:32PM
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