At North and South high schools, both in Downers Grove, 21 student musicians earned all-state Honors in the 2012-213 Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Composer Showcase, and Future Music Educators Symposium.
Three students—junior cellist Andrew Molina, senior pianist Ian Williams and senior trombonist Josiah Williams—all of South High, received first chair in the state.
Performance auditions were held last October at Carl Sandburg High School; musical compositions were evaluated by professional musicians and composers from across the country.
“This is a tremendous honor for these students,” said Glenn Williams, chairman of the fine arts department at South High. “All-State selection represents the pinnacle of musical achievement for a high school student musician. We are very proud of the continued success of our student musicians at the all-state level.”
The All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band groups performed at the Peoria Civic Center Jan. 25-26.
“We are really thrilled for these students and their families,” said Brayer Teague, chairman of the fine arts department at North High. “Many people helped these students achieve this success, beginning with their very first elementary school music teachers and extending to their private-lessons teachers today. North High was very proud to have these incredible musicians representing District 99 at the all-state level.”
The following students were selected:
All-State Honors Choir*
Mara Alvarez – Alto I South High junior
Dan Leahy – Tenor I South High senior
Ashley Maghirang – Alto II –South High senior
Caitlin Carr –Soprano I - South High junior
Andrew Mahlan – Bass II - South High junior
Savannah Reimer – Soprano I– South High senior
Christian Siki – Bass I -- South High senior
All-State Honors Orchestra*
Andrew Molina, cello (1st Chair in State) – South High junior
Rachel Pfeifer, cello – North High sophomore
Katie Krainc, violin – North High senior
Katie Portman, violin – North High junior
Rachel Wydra, bassoon – South High junior
All-State Honors Jazz Combo*
Ian Williams, piano (1st Chair in State) – South High senior
All-State Honors Jazz Band*
Spencer Schillerstrom, tenor saxophone – North High junior
All-State Jazz Band
Brett Latman, trumpet – North High senior
All-State Honors Band*
Josiah Williams, trombone (1st Chair in State) – South High senior
Marjorie Fera, trumpet – South High senior
Dan Reeter, clarinet – South High senior
Kelsey Richardson, bass clarinet – South High junior
All-State Music Composition
Spencer Schillerstrom – Jazz Improvisation: 3rd place North High junior
Kaitlin Shannon – Commercial/Popular: 2nd Place North High junior
Future Music Educators Symposium
Erin Elgass North High senior
* After auditioning, students are placed into either an All-State or All-State Honors group; “Honors” groups represent the highest level of achievement.
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