The West Virginia Music Educator’s Association hosts a state conference each year in Charleston, WV to provide professional development for educators and to highlight the most outstanding student musicians throughout West Virginia schools.  The most difficult area of expertise for a high school musician is the solo venue. 
This year Ripley High School had four students audition as soloists. 

The West Virginia Music Educator’s Association hosts a state conference each year in Charleston, WV to provide professional development for educators and to highlight the most outstanding student musicians throughout West Virginia schools.   The most difficult area of expertise for a high school musician is the solo venue.    

 This year Ripley High School had four students audition as soloists.   

 By receiving a superior rating at the regional Solo and Ensemble audition and being nominated by the adjudicator each student recorded their solo.   This recording was sent to two separate panels of adjudicators for evaluation.    

 One Ripley student, Miss Maggie Bowlby, was chosen to perform on the 

72nd Solo and Ensemble Honor Recital.    

 Maggie Bowlby, a senior at Ripley High School, is the daughter of Floyd and Jeanette Bowlby of Ripley, WV.   Maggie has spent most of her high school career studying music as a trumpeter and vocalist.    

 As a private trumpet student with Will Cosby of Parkersburg, WV, Maggie has achieved a superior rating at solo competitions and was selected to play “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano” by Kent Kennan during the Honor Recital on March 8, 2018.   

  Maggie was accompanied by Charleston musician David Donathan, music director for Christ Church United Methodist.

 Maggie is a member of the Ripley High School Band and Chamber Choir, a member of the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, WV under the direction of Mr. Robert Turizziani, a member of Lyra Choral Mentorship associated with WomanSong Chorale of Charleston under the direction of Emily Capece, a member of Ripley High School Thespians, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, The National Society of High School Scholars and a former member of Appalachian Children’s Chorus.   

  Maggie plans to attend a major university to study applied music and music education.