All-State Music Honors

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GCHS Students Selected For All-State Chorus, Band

The Glenwood Community High School Music Department was represented by 14 students auditioning for the Iowa All-State Chorus and Band on Oct. 20 at Harlan High School. Selection for membership in the All-State ensembles is the highest individual honor a high school musician can achieve. Approximately 17 percent of those that audition are selected for membership in these prestigious groups.


    The GCHS vocal department had four students selected to the very prestigious Iowa All-State Chorus. GCHS students Evan Gammon (12th grade Tenor I), Ebon Hackett (12th Grade Baritone I), Sydney Embray (l2th Grade, Alto I), and Sam Kalhorn (10th Grade Tenor I), were all selected as members of the All-State Chorus.
    John Pena was selected for the Iowa All-State Orchestra, as a first trombone. This is John’s first year in All-State. Other instrumental students auditioning were Jenny Cowles (flute), and Emily Vang (clarinet). Band students are under the direction of Pete Jacobus.
   The 66th anniversary of the All-State Music Festival will take place later this month in Ames. Participants will rehearse Nov. 16 and 17 and present their festival concert to the public in Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Iowa Public Television will record the concert for broadcast, tentatively scheduled to air Thursday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Any changes will be announced on the IPTV Web Site (www.iptv.org). Tickets for the concert are $15 each and can be purchased by calling 515-233-1888 or 515-243-1888, or online at www.ticketmaster. com.
    The Opus Honor Choir Festival is held each year in conjunction with the lowa All-State Festival. Students audition across the state of Iowa for a spot in these prestigious choirs. There is a fifth and sixth grade choir, a seventh and eighth grade girls choir, seventh and eighth grade boys choir, and a ninth grade mixed choir.
    Each choir is represented by approximately 200 students from schools all over the state. Over 600 audition for each of the choirs, so it is highly select, much like an All-State ensemble.
    Over 3,400 students were nominated by their directors’ 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs.  Selections were made by means of a recorded audition. Selected for participation in the 27th annual Opus Honor Choir Festival for the eighth grade boys’ choir was Eric Wells, baritone. He is under the direction of Glenwood Middle School director Sally Dunn. Selected for the ninth grade choir was Drew Wallace, tenor.
    Students will rehearse at ISU, and present a concert at CY Stephens Auditorium in the Iowa State Center in Ames on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster at 515-294-2479.