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EHS Vocal Students Selected For All State Chorus

By Staff | Nov 12, 2015

ALL?STATE?REPRESENTATIVES - Emily Schmidt, left, and Alexander Gray, right, review music with Emmetsburg High School Vocal Music Director Luke Miller. The duo are the first All State Chorus members selected from Emmetsburg since 2003. -- Dan Voigt photo

A pair of Emmetsburg High School vocalists will join nearly 600 fellow Iowa high school singers as members of the 2015?Iowa All State Chorus. Emily Schmidt and Alexander Gray were selected through a state-wide audition process in October to perform in the 69th Annual All State Music Festival on Saturday, Nov. 21. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum, located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.

The two Emmetsburg singers are the first All State musicians selected to represent Emmetsburg since 2003. Schmidt and Gray were among seven Emmetsburg High School vocal students who participated in the audition process for the All State Chorus. Under the direction of Mr. Luke Miller, EHS?Vocal Music Director, Robert Nelson, Austin Noll, Phoenix Campbell, Linnea Ankeny and Madison Olson also auditioned with Schmidt and Gray on Oct. 24 at the Storm Lake Audition site.

Only 17 percent of students who audition for positions in the All State Band, Orchestra or Chorus are accepted for the three performing groups. Auditions were conducted at Storm Lake, Hampton, Manchester, Atlantic, Indianola and Washington on Saturday, Oct. 24.

“It is very exciting and very rewarding to have young musicians selected to perform in the All State Chorus,”?noted Miller. “Both Emily and Alex have worked very hard to learn the repertoire for the festival and will represent the Emmetsburg community very well.”

The All State Chorus is comprised of 601 vocalists, while the All State Band will feature 281 musicians and the All State Orchestra will be comprised of 201 members.

The All State Chorus is under the direction of Peter A. Eklund, who was recently named a quarter-finalist for the first-ever Grammy National Music Teacher of the Year Award. He averages 60 national and international concerts annually as an educator/clinician and annually conducts such festival choirs in no fewer than eight European countries and North America.