Each year, approximately 3,000 of the best high school musicians in the state audition for the Nebraska All-State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Orchestra, which are sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA).
One of the selected students is Rose Sullivan, a junior at Chase County Schools, who will sing in the Alto II section of the All-State Chorus.
Randy Hayes, CCS grade 7-12 vocal music director, said it’s a big honor to be chosen a member of this statewide chorus of 440 voices.
Mark Harman, Chair of Choral Affairs for the Nebraska Music Educators Association, agreed. He said selection as a member of one of these groups is one of the highest music honors attainable in Nebraska.
The chorus will rehearse Nov. 19-21 on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus, the host site of the 2015 NMEA conference and clinic.
A public concert will be held on Nov. 21 at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
Guest conductor for the group will be Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director of the Boston Children’s Chorus in Boston, Mass.
Student auditions for the all-state groups are recorded digitally and then uploaded to a website, Hayes said. Auditions in particular sections, including Alto II, are then sent to other college professors in the country for unbiased selection of the 440-member chorus.
As part of the process, choir students have to learn their part of all seven songs to be used in the all-state final performance, Hayes added.
All-state auditions are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Also auditioning from CCS this year was sophomore Ryelee Christensen.