This year marked the 33rd year of the OSAA State Music Championships. During that time, Salem Keizer students have been awarded more championships than all other 6A school districts combined. This is an accomplishment that demonstrates the outstanding teaching that is taking place throughout our district not only at the high school level, but at the middle school level as well, and begins in our elementary schools where all of our students are taught by trained music specialists beginning in kindergarten.

At the June 2019 school board meeting, we honored and congratulated our fabulous music students and teachers and gave some highlights from their very busy school year.

Spotlight on Success

Representing the South Salem String Octet was Julie Chen. The octet placed 1st at the OSAA State Music Championships. She is pictured with Salem-Keizer School Board Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi.

Spotlight on Success

The West Salem Saxophone Quartet placed 1st at State. Representing the quartet were members Andrew Bryson and Caleb Swisher, pictured with Salem-Keizer School Board Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi.

Spotlight on Success

Representing the West Salem Trumpet Ensemble were Nathan Faust, Clayton Hall, Garrett Biwer. The ensemble placed 1st at State. They are pictured with Superintendent Christy Perry and Salem-Keizer School Board Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi.

Spotlight on Success

Placing 3rd at State for 5A Band was North Salem High School, Director Brian Bell and students, pictured with Salem-Keizer School Board Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi.

Spotlight on Success

Placing 2nd at State for Choir was West Salem High School directed by Kimberly McConnell; Placing 1st at State for Choir was South Salem High School, directed by Will McLean; Not pictured – Placing 4th at State for Choir was Sprague High School, directed by Dr. David Brown. They are pictured with Salem-Keizer School Board Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi and Superintendent Christy Perry.

Spotlight on Success

Placing 1st at State for Symphony, West Salem, Director George Thomson (not pictured Todd Zimbelman); Placing 3rd at State for Symphony, Sprague High, Director Lisa Hanson (not pictured Richard Greenwood); Placing 4th at State for Symphony, South Salem High, Directors Ben Stokes & Damien Berdakin. Pictured with Salem-Keizer School Board Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi.

Spotlight on Success

Placing 5th at State for String Orchestra, McKay High School, Director James Charnholm and students; Placing 4th at State for String Orchestra, Sprague High School, Director Lisa Hanson; Placing 1st at State for String Orchestra, South Salem High School, Director Damien Berdakin and students. Pictured with Superintendent Christy Perry and Salem-Keizer School Board Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi.

Spotlight on Success

Placing 4th at State for Band, South Salem High School, Director Ben Stokes; Placing 2nd at State for Band, McNary High School, Director Christopher Nelson (not pictured); Placing 1st at State for Band, West Salem High School, Director Todd Zimbelman (not pictured) & students. Pictured with Salem-Keizer School Board Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi.

Spotlight on Success

Music Educators of the Year, as awarded by the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem, from West Salem High School Choir teacher Kimberly McConnell; From McKay High School Orchestra teacher Jim Charnholm. Pictured with Salem-Keizer School Board Vice Chairperson Sheronne Blasi and Superintendent Christy Perry.