Commissioning: Encore 2020 showcases young musicians

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Encore’s past consistently culminated in standing-room-only award reveals during the Western Territory’s Commissioning weekends. This year, as part of the territory’s first-ever virtual Commissioning celebration, Encore is an online showcase of select solo performances.

It kicked off June 13 offering viewers a chance to tune in to various musical categories, including percussion, piano, vocal, brass, drama monologue, guitar and ukulele, and dance. Five of the West’s nine divisions previously held divisional Encore events: California South, Cascade, Intermountain, Northwest and Southwest. Those divisions then submitted individual performances as part of the territorial showcase. One group submission came from the Phoenix Citadel Corps dance troupe. 

There are no singing company performances this year due to social distancing mandates in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual performers are listed below in their respective categories. Each performer will receive a medal or trophy commemorating their participation in the historic Encore 2020.

“It has been very different this year for sure,” Territorial Music Secretary Neil Smith said. “And due to the circumstances, not everyone has been able to participate, but we’re thrilled to take what we do have and share it for Encore 2020. Music and Arts is still alive and well across the territory, even during these strange times. Do what you can to encourage and support our young people wherever you are.”

One Encore participant will receive special recognition during the June 14 evening “We Believe” program. Adelaide Lyons, from Seattle Temple, performed “Count Your Blessings” for her Level One vocal Encore submission. When her mother posted the video of Adelaide’s performance on Facebook, it went viral and to date is approaching 1.1 million views with 42,000 shares and over 3,000 comments.  

ENCORE 2020 

Participants listed in alphabetical order.

PERCUSSION

LEVEL ONE

Grace Yeom – Eastside

LEVEL TWO

James Lyons – Seattle Temple

LEVEL THREE

Andre Earl – Federal Way

PIANO 

LEVEL ONE

Hanah Choi – Valley of the Sun Korean

Emma Dove – Yakima

Joseph Lechuega – LA Central

Sophia Simoes – Portland Tabernacle

Grace Yeom – Eastside

LEVEL TWO

Luke Craig – Phoenix Citadel

Jacob Dove – Yakima

Ella Lyons – Seattle Temple

Tia Reardon – Seattle Temple

John Yeom – Eastside

LEVEL THREE

Peter Koenig – Medford

Isaac White – Mesa Citadel

LEVEL FOUR

Daniel Lyons – Seattle Temple

VOCAL 

LEVEL ONE

Emma Dove – Yakima

Adelaide Lyons – Seattle Temple

Ella Lyons – Seattle Temple

Brynn O’Brien – Portland Tabernacle

Ariel Quinonez – El Cajon

Chloe Volpato – Redondo Beach

LEVEL TWO

Jacob Dove – Yakima

Suzane Johnson – Concord

Wodin Jormelu – Medford

Kelissa Richardson – Henderson

Kaylee Stelmaszczyk – Henderson

LEVEL THREE

Amonay Altamiro – Las Vegas Citadel

Jordan Davenport – Tustin Ranch

Chelsea Denny – El Cajon

Bella Garcia – Wrangell

April Greeve – Henderson

Shannon Johnson – Concord

Sandra Vasquez – Polanco – Colorado Springs

BRASS 

LEVEL ONE

Emma Dove – Yakima

Rafael Simoes – Portland Tabernacle

LEVEL TWO

Jacob Dove- Yakima

David Jormelu – Medford

Ella Lyons – Seattle Temple

William Nottle – Spokane

Daniel Oh – Tustin Ranch

LEVEL THREE

Peter Koenig – Medford

Danny Lemus – Salem Kroc

Daniel Lyons – Seattle Temple

Andrew Smith – Phoenix Citadel

Andrew Smith – Tustin Ranch

Zachary White – Phoenix Citadel

LEVEL FOUR

Sean Pease – Centennial

DRAMA MONOLOGUE 

LEVEL ONE

Shannon Rafferty -Fountain Valley

Jazmine Sickels – Longview Temple

LEVEL TWO

Emma Dove – Yakima

Jonathan Williams – Tustin Ranch

LEVEL THREE

Kassandra Polanco-Rodriguez – Colorado Springs

Charlize Rafferty – Fountain Valley

Josylnn Shull – San Diego Citadel

GUITAR AND UKULELE

Aden Buhl – Centennial

Daisy Castillo – Broomfield

Jennifer Castillo – Broomfield

Benjamin Morrow – Centennial

Jaida Reed – Sun Cities

Mia Whetstone – Sun Cities

DANCE

LEVEL ONE

Julia Fankhauser – Fountain Valley

Gizelle Garcia – Santa Fe

Liliana Hall – Bell Lighthouse

Grace Vesselee – Phoenix Citadel

LEVEL TWO

Alexa Montijo – Santa Fe

Donna Thomas – Phoenix Citadel

LEVEL THREE

Jacob Ferguson – Tustin Ranch 

DANCE TROUPE – Phoenix Citadel

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