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Congratulations ILMEA All-State Participants

District 300 is proud to announce that we have 16 students selected for the Illinois Music Education Association All-State Festival this year!

These students represent the best attributes of our district, their schools, and their families. Over 12,000 students statewide auditioned in October for the opportunity to participate in their regional (district) festivals and for the opportunity to represent their district at the All-State festival held in Peoria in January, 2017.

Through their audition efforts, students were selected to be among the 175-member District 9 band, 175-member District 9 orchestra, 360-member District 9 chorus, 70-member District 9 jazz bands, or 65-member district 9 vocal jazz ensembles. From there, these students had to be among the top 5-10% on their instrument or voice part to even be considered for All-State, which puts them in elite company state- and nation-wide.

The participants, by ensemble, are as follows:

Band (students audition for placement in the All-State and Honors Band at the festival in January):

Curtis Merek (Sr.) – Tuba (DCHS)

Mario Zavala (Sr.) – Clarinet (DCHS)

Chorus (students placed based on their October auditions. Had to be in the top 8 in their section to be selected for All-State and the top 4 were selected for Honors):

Collin Bradley (Sr.) – Honors Bass 1 (HHS)

Aldren Briones (Sr.) – Honors Bass 2 (HHS)

Sarah Carr (Jr.) – All-State Soprano 1 (HHS)

Riley Elmore (Jr.) – Honors Bass 2 (DCHS)

Brynn Guth (Jr.) – All-State Alto 2 (DCHS)

Emilie Knierieman (Sr.) – All-State Soprano 2 (HHS)

Rachel Lind (Jr.) – All-State Alto 1 (DCHS)

McKenzie Linden (So.) – Honors Soprano 2 (DCHS)

Future Music Educators Seminar (students submitted a video based on prompts pertaining to the desire to be a music educator. Selected by an independent panel of judges from around the state from over 200 applicants):

Heather Anderson (Sr.) – Band (JHS)

Juan Hernandez (Jr.) – Band (HHS)

Jazz Band (students have to be the top player by October audition on their particular instrument to even be considered for All-State. Ensemble Placement occurs by audition in January):

Nick Russo (Sr.) – Drumset (DCHS)

Orchestra (students audition for placement in the All-State and Honors Orchestra at the festival in January):

Ernesto Banuelos (Jr.) – Cello (DCHS)

Alyssa Trebat (So.) – String Bass (DCHS)

Vocal Jazz Ensemble (students have to be in the top two by October audition to even be considered for All-State. Students submit a reaudition against the other top students statewide and the ensembles are selected based on those scores):

Holly Bender (Jr.) – Honors Vocal Jazz - Soprano (JHS)

Congratulations students!



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