The Iowa High School Music Association held auditions at regional sites around the state last weekend. When the last notes had faded, thirteen proved to be a lucky number for 13 DMPS student-musicians who qualified for the 2017 Iowa All-State Music Festival, to be held on November 16-18 at Iowa State University in Ames.
Thousands audition every year for a coveted spot in the elite band, orchestra and chorus, but less than 10% are accepted. The festival at ISU culminates with a concert in Hilton Coliseum after two days of rehearsal.
This year DMPS qualifiers come from Lincoln, North and Roosevelt.
Five Rails were chosen for the All-State Chorus and one for All-State Band:
- Angela Bruce (junior)
- Michael Bundy (senior)
- Aaron Choi (senior)
- Lorena Eclatt (senior)
- Everett Reed (senior)
- Ryan Hyslope was selected on trombone for the All-State Band.
North had two accepted to the All-State Orchestra:
- Jenna Jensen (senior, violin)
- Stephanie Ramos (senior, viola)
Roosevelt had two selected for All-State Orchestra, two selected for All-State Band, and one for All-State Chorus:
- Oskar Kaut (junior, cello)
- Jackson Geadelmann (junior, viola)
- Maya Miller (senior, flute)
- Jane Dias (junior, flute)
- Rylee Sievers (senior, chorus)
Iowa Public Television will tape the festival concert featuring all three ensembles for rebroadcast on the following dates/times: November 23 @ 7:00 PM; December 3 @ 2:30 PM.
Congratulations to the honorees!