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Three musicians receive all-state honors, others recognized

Three RE musicians – Simone Carrasco '27, Christine Keedy Brown '24 and Leah Maduro '23 – were selected to perform with prestigious all-state music ensembles at the annual Florida Music Education Association convention in January in Tampa. Meanwhile more than three dozen RE middle and upper school students excelled during the Florida Bandmasters Association District 20 Solo/Ensemble Music Performance Assessment Nov. 4-5, and soloists Andrew Gedde '25 and Sofia Rakhimi '25 qualified for the FBA State Solo and Ensemble, which will take place this spring.
Gedde earned a superior with distinction for performing from memory. The students performed under music directors Jon Hamm, Cathi Leibinger and Scott O'Donnell and RE Director of Arts Shawn Costantino. 

Carrasco, who plays the tenor sax, was selected for the 2023 Florida Music Education Association Middle School Honor Band. Keedy, who plays the viola, was selected for the FMEA High School Orchestra, and Maduro, a french horn player, for the FMEA High School Honor Band.

The RE Brass Quintet has performed as a group for four years but were unable to compete at the assessment because of illness. The members are Nico Sosa '23, trumpet; Nicky Goldberg '23, trumpet; Maduro, french horn; Sebastian Daire '23, trombone; and Christian Sosa '23, tuba.

Grade 1 solos - Superior rating
Annabelle Etra ’28, Horn
Joaquim Horvilleur ’28, Horn
Aly Kaplan ’28, Clarinet
Alex Lombard ’29, Flute
Alex Quintero Kontopoulos ’28, Bass Clarinet
William Ramirez ’27, Bassoon
Robbie Stieglitz ’28, Tenor Sax
Inti Yankelevich ’28, Alto Sax
Samuel Davis ’28, Trumpet
Grade 1 solos - Excellent rating
Joaquim Horvilleur ’28, Trumpet
Yiani Tettamanti ’28, Contra Alto Clarinet
Grade 2 solos - Superior rating
Israel Garcia ’28, Flute
Salo Sawicki ’27, Oboe
Roberto Erana ’27, Alto Sax
Aaron Sadovnik ’27, Alto Sax
Eitan Sawicki ’28, Alto Sax
William Ramirez ’27, Bari Sax
Lorenzo Antoine ’27, Trumpet
Isaac Zide ’28, Trumpet
Lucas Noblet ’28, Percussion
Grade 3 solo - Superior rating
Simone Carrasco ’27, Tenor Sax


Grade 4 Solo - Superior Rating:
Paloma Lopes '25, Xylophone
Grade 5 Solo - Excellent Rating
Lena Zide '23, Flute

Grade 5 Solo - Superior Rating
Sophia Rakhimi '25, Piano
Grade 7 Solo - Excellent Rating
Leah Maduro '23, French Horn
Grade 7 Solo - Superior With Distinction Rating
Andrew Gedde '25, Piano
Grade 3 Ensemble - Excellent Rating
Trumpet Trio: Eleonora Cavallini '23, Leader, Max Wolfe '23, John Devaney '23
Clarinet Duet: Rogelio Munoz '23, Leader, Chase Dubovy '23
Grade 3 Ensemble - Superior Rating
Trumpet Trio: Andrew Gedde '25, Leader, Hudson Kaplan '25, Aarav Jindall '26
Grade 4 Ensemble - Superior Rating
Flute Trio: Lena Zide '23, Leader, Emilia Awad '25, Vicky Pinilla '25

Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.