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School District Five students selected for Midlands Region Orchestra

For Immediate Release – November 7, 2022



School District Five students selected for Midlands Region Orchestra

IRMO Forty-Four orchestra students in Lexington-Richland School District Five have earned a spot in the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s (SCMEA) Midlands Region 3 Orchestra.


The Midlands Orchestra Region is comprised of Abbeville, Aiken, Calhoun, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Richland, and Saluda counties.


The Region Orchestra is made up of three orchestras divided by grade levels: 6-8 Junior Orchestra, 9-10 Senior Orchestra, and 11-12 Senior Orchestra. School District Five students selected include:


Region Orchestra (Grades 6-8)

  • Maddox Nie (Dutch Fork Middle)- 4th Chair Violin 1
  • William Wang (Dutch Fork Middle)- 8th Chair Violin 1
  • Jia Jun (Chapin Intermediate)- 12th Chair Violin 1
  • Giap Dao (Irmo Middle School)- 14th Chair Violin 1
  • Seomgeun Shim (Chapin Middle)- 15th Chair Violin 1
  • Carson Witteborg (Dutch Fork Middle)- 16th Chair Violin 1
  • Mustafa Azhar (Dutch Fork Middle)- 6th Chair Violin 2
  • Kinsey Johnson (Chapin Middle)- 12th Chair Violin 2
  • Danika Kochems (Chapin Intermediate)- 16th Chair Violin
  • Annaleah Shelley (Chapin Middle)- 1st Chair Cello
  • Daniel Kwak (Chapin Middle) 2nd Chair Cello
  • Hansen Haning (Dutch Fork Middle)- 4th Chair Cello
  • Christiana Brown (Dutch Fork Middle)- 6th Chair Cello
  • Evan Thacker (Dutch Fork Middle)- 8th Chair Cello
  • Kataleya Furie (Chapin Middle)- 9th Chair Cello
  • Michael Wang (Dutch Fork Middle)- 12th Chair Cello
  • Sarah Wildt (Chapin Middle)- 2nd Chair Bass


Region Orchestra (Grades 9-10)

  • Taehoon Noh (Dutch Fork High)- 3rd Chair Violin 1
  • Yewon Oh (Chapin High)- 17th Chair Violin 1
  • Ashley Shin (Dutch Fork High)- 3rd Chair Violin 2
  • Jacob Parker (Dutch Fork High)- 8th Chair Violin 2
  • Aamina Azhar (Dutch Fork High)- 18th Chair Violin 2
  • Leo Ha (Dutch Fork High)- Alternate 2 Violin 2
  • Anusha Das (Dutch Fork High)- Alternate 4 Violin 2
  • Josie Fields (Dutch Fork High)-1st Chair Viola
  • Jennifer Liu (Dutch Fork High)- 3rd Chair Viola
  • Natalie Claire Baley (Irmo High)- 11th Chair Viola
  • Alexa Metcalf (Chapin High)- 12th Chair Viola
  • Max Nie (Dutch Fork High)-1st Chair Cello
  • Thomas McKinney (Dutch Fork High)- 3rd Chair Cello
  • Elizabeth Yong (Dutch Fork High)- 5th Chair Cello
  • William Wang (Dutch Fork High)- 7th Chair Cello
  • Kaitlyn Bailey (Irmo High)- 9th Chair Cello
  • Isabel Martin (Dutch Fork High)- Alternate 2 Cello
  • Noah Graham (Irmo High School)- 3rd Chair Bass


Region Orchestra (Grades 11-12)

  • Sakyo Maeda (Dutch Fork High)- 3rd Chair Violin 1
  • Seigo Maeda (Dutch Fork High)- 7th Chair Violin 2
  • Sheldon Harris (Irmo High)- 10th Chair Violin 2
  • Alexander Williams (Dutch Fork High)- 7th Chair Viola
  • Carolina Huang (Dutch Fork High)- 1st Chair Cello
  • Ian Emmer (Dutch Fork High)- 2nd Chair Cello
  • Drew Dabe (Dutch Fork High)- 6th Chair Cello
  • Quinn Ineson (Irmo High)- Alternate 2 Cello


“We have a lot of dedicated students and teachers in our district that are committed to making great music which has helped us achieve such a great accomplishment,” School District Five Coordinator of Athletics, Physical Education, & Arts Steven Puckett said. “Region Orchestra is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform with the finest student musicians in the Midlands of South Carolina and to perform under the direction of a renowned conductor.”


The Midlands Region Orchestra is a two-day orchestra event for distinguished string players and a requirement for students in order to audition for the All-State Orchestra.



The Midlands Region Orchestra event is November 18 & 19 at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. The event is open to the public.