Westlake holds its first soloist competition

By Fiona Wilson
HOD Music


On Wednesday 29 June, the Music Department staff ran the first WGHS Soloist Competition in the Event Centre.

Students submitted their auditions by video, and from these, six finalists were selected in three divisions of Junior (Yr 9 & 10), Intermediate (Yr 11) and Senior (Yr 12 & 13). These 18 finalists performed on the night and were adjudicated by WGHS alumna Somi Kim. Somi graduated WGHS in 2018 and is currently working as a soloist and as the pianist in the New Zealand Trio.

The standard of solo performances was extremely high and very impressive – congratulations to all the students who participated in the evening. It was wonderful to hear students performing on flute, violin, clarinet, French horn, cello, flugel horn, drumkit, and vocals in the stunning acoustic of the Event Centre, and for the pianists to play our Concert D Steinway was a real treat.

Junior Division:

Winner: Isabelle Wu – piano
Runner up: Gabeen Sim – flute

Intermediate Division:

Winner: Tara Yoo – piano
Runner Up: Katie Brown – voice

Senior Division:

Winner: Hana Tani – piano (pictured left)
Runner up: Makeleta Tuipulotu – voice

You can watch the performances on our YouTube channel HERE