AJ Cotto-Rivera '24 auditioned for and was selected to the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) 2021 All State Honors Concert Band on Bassoon. The competitive audition process happened via an online video recording.
"AJ put a lot of time into successfully preparing for this competition," shared AWS Orchestra Director Stuart Hake, "And, while I was happy to facilitate, he initiated the process and produced his recordings independently. He is the first ninth grader to make All State from AWS since 2014 and everyone in the orchestra is very proud of him."
For over 50 years the WMEA All State Honors Groups have brought together top student musicians from across the state to perform in elite ensembles under the direction of nationally recognized conductors. Although this year’s version will be virtual, students will still be exposed to professional level instructors and musicians and winning a spot at this event is a significant achievement.