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EHS Students Participate In All State Festival

By Staff | Nov 25, 2016

ALL?STATE?CHORUS?MEMBERS - Emmetsburg High School’s Vocal Music Department was well-represented last weekend at the 2016 Iowa High School Music Association’s All State Festival at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Pictured from left to right are EHS?Vocal Director Luke Miller, Austin Noll, Natalie Ruiz and Max Miller. -- Tiffany Miller photo

AMES – Weeks of rehearsal came to a culmination this past Saturday for three Emmetsburg High School vocalists. The 2016 Iowa High School Music Association’s 70th All State Festival took place at Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.

Emmetsburg was represented in the All State Chorus by seniors Natalie Ruiz and Austin Noll and freshman Max Miller. All three are under the direction of EHS?Vocal Music Director Luke Miller.

The All State Festival is comprised of three elements, the All State Band, All State Chorus and All State Orchestra. Each group is comprised of high school musicians from across the state who are selected based on auditions conducted in October.

In Saturday’s All State Concert, the Chorus was directed by Jonathan Reed, of East Lansing, MI.

The road to All State actually began back in August when 11 Emmetsburg students attended an All State Camp in Storm Lake to become acquainted with the literature for this year’s festival. Along with Ruiz, Noll and Miller, EHS?students attending the camp were ; Bryar Olson, Alli Enriquez, Madison Olson, Matt Hill, Evan Brennan, Anthony Gerber, Thomas Woodford and Alexander Gray.

Students who audition for All State must be familiar with the selections that the All State groups perform, and must be able to perform those selections before a panel of judges during auditions later this month.

“The music was very, very challenging and I was very proud that so many students chose to audition for All State this year,” noted Luke Miller. “Then to have three musicians selected to perform in the All State Chorus was a tremendous honor not only for those three young people, but also for Emmetsburg and the EHS?Vocal Music program.”

This was the second year that Emmetsburg has participated in the All State program and was also the largest number of student musicians who auditioned for the program.