Four from CCS headed to All-State Music events
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Four students from Chase County Schools are in Lincoln this week at All-State Music events sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association.
Senior Emma Bauerle was chosen a second year for the All-State Chorus, singing in the Alto I section. The chorus will include 440 students from across the state in grades 10-12.
Three other local students, Nike Smith, Jace Clevenger and Will Kuenne, will participate in the All-State Middle Level Boys Barbershop Chorus, new to the annual event this year and open to students in grades 7-9.
CCS Choral Director Randy Hayes said students will rehearse this week in preparation for a concert Friday night at the Lied Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
Auditions for the All-State Chorus are done via video sent to various out-of-state college music faculties to determine the students selected. The chorus will be under the direction of Craig Jessop of Utah State University.
Selections for the Barbershop Chorus were made by students’ high school directors, Hayes said, who were asked to submit names of capable students. A selection committee then made the choices.
Smith, a seventh grader, will sing 1st tenor, Clevenger, a freshman, will be in the baritone section and freshman Kuenne will sing bass.
The Barbershop Chorus will be under the direction of Adam Scott, director and barbershop harmony staff editor of Music Publications in Nashville.
More than 2,000 Nebraska students auditioned for the All-State groups.