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Senior Nathan Young earned All-State recognition for classical guitar.

Geneva students competed in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Solo and Ensemble competition held at Saint Mary’s University on Wednesday, March 27. Students from area schools met to compete for points that will combine with large ensemble points to compete for TAPPS State titles later this month.


Solos and ensembles in the musical genres of Voice, Orchestra, Guitar and Band were judged on the difficulty and accuracy of their performances. Those who earned a superior rating on a Class 1 UIL solo are given All-State status. Geneva sent 103 students to compete in the various Solo and Ensemble events.


Geneva students who earned All-State recognition in the TAPPS Voice Division were José Ballí, Amber Bormann, Katelyn Davis, Alex Iyer, Sarah Ledoux, Bailey Lyons, Lauren McDaniel, Aimée Metzger, Anna Beth Muck, Noah Nilsson, Ainsley Plesko, Katie-Grace Styles, Charlotte Walker and Alethea Ward.


Geneva Band students earning TAPPS All-State status were Will Bower, clarinet; Emma De Vries, trumpet; and Evan Schaefer, percussion.


In the TAPPS Strings division, Geneva students Eva Beckett, piano, and Nathan Young, classical guitar, earned the All-State rating.


Additional students earning points for Geneva in Orchestra and Classical Guitar were Katherine Lacy, classical guitar; Amy Ambelang, Nathan Young and Ashton Landis, classical guitar ensemble; Katherine Lacy, Ashton Landis and Brooks Fessler, classical guitar ensemble; Pauline Rahal and Presley Pruitt, viola trio; MacKenzie FitzGerald, Audrey Davis and Alexa Elizondo, violin and viola trio; Quentin Hartman, Sarah Coultress and Pauline Rahal, violin and viola trio; Audrey Davis and MacKenzie FitzGerald, violin duet; Cammie Kidd and Pauline Rahal, viola duet; Emma Russell and Vivian Biles, violin and bass duet; Eva Beckett and Garrett Fritcher, violin duet; and Quentin Hartman and Garrett Fritcher, violin duet.


In the Band program, the following students earned superior ratings and points toward state ranking: Cleo Bretz, flute; Brandon Strickland, baritone saxophone; Dawson Cate, trumpet; Jack McDaniel, percussion; Michael De Vries, percussion; Cleo Bretz, Kathryn Chisholm, Peyton Brehmer, Sophia Mixon and Chloe Higgs, flute choir; Cleo Bretz, Kathryn Chisholm and Peyton Brehmer, flute trio; Will Bower, Lily Langenbahn and Maggie Swanson, clarinet trio; Will Bower, Kellyn Beauchamp and Maggie Swanson, clarinet trio; Cade Barone, Mason Janse and Brandon Strickland, saxophone trio.


Other band students earning superior ratings and points toward state ranking were: Kathryn Chisholm, Maggie Swanson and Kellyn Beauchamp, woodwind trio; Richard Hicks, Grant Mowery and Brady Taha, trumpet trio; Dawson Cate, Emma De Vries, Connor Schaefer, Trevor Higgs and Jack O’Quinn, brass quintet; Kevin Vogt, Zach Brunsvold and Maggie Carraway, low brass trio; Anson Eggerss, Evan Schaefer and Jackson Young, percussion ensemble; Joel Calderon, Josh Nate, Michael De Vries, Judah Diller and Jack McDaniel, percussion ensemble; Anson Eggerss, Josh Lopez, Evan Schaefer, Michael De Vries, Pierce Dutton and Tyler Syring, percussion ensemble.


“I want to thank all of the amazing Geneva instructors: Sarah Gachupin, Luis Arizpe, Erin Thomas, Ben Knudson, Ben Vis and Meredith Vis, accompanist. Our teachers and students put in a great deal of work and it is so exciting to see their efforts rewarded with positive feedback from the adjudicators,” Geneva Director of Fine Arts Gradi Evans said.