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LHS senior selected as soloist for prestigious jazz festival

a young woman sings in a virtual concert Selected to sing a solo is a tremendous honor for any vocalist. For Lakewood High senior Audrey Stich, it was even more so. Her solos came on a virtual stage shared with several Grammy nominated jazz artists including Kurt Elling, Sachal Vasandani and the group säje.  

“Audrey is a talented student who works super hard,” said Katy Trapp, LHS’s Music Department Director.  Stich sang two of three solos in “Just the Two of Us” written by Bill Withers and arranged by Amanda Taylor during the March 6th concluding concert of the virtual 45th Annual DeMiero Jazz Fest.

Audrey is a member of the LHS Jazz Choir, Swingbeat. All 15 members of Swingbeat, along with 185 high school vocalists from across the United States, sang in both High School Honor JAZZ Mass Virtual Choir's performances of “Just the Two of Us" and "Fly Away Birdie”. 

Typically, Swingbeat attends several festivals in the Pacific Northwest each school year. The DeMiero festival was the only one to move online this year.  The festival’s mission is to create world-class jazz experiences through education, workshops and performances. More than 10,000 students over 45 years have attended this non-competitive vocal jazz festival. But only a select few like Lakewood High’s Audrey Stich were soloists.  

Music, like many elective classes, has been partially supported by the local Educational Programs and Operations Levy. This year’s electives are being supported with dollars from Lakewood schools’ fund balance (savings account), but funds in that savings account will not last for much longer.