District auditions for the 279-piece All-State Band, 197-piece All-State Orchestra, and 600-voice All-State Chorus were held Saturday, Oct. 22 at Storm Lake High School, and also sites in Hampton, Oelwein, Atlantic, Indianola and Washington. Approximately 17% of the students who audition are selected for membership in the All-State ensembles. Gaining membership is one of the highest individual honors available to Iowa high school musicians.
Storm Lake High School students selected for the All-State Festival are:
Kayla Christ-Soprano, daughter of Steve and Becky Christ
Ashley Wolf-Soprano, daughter of Keith and Maribeth Wolf
Stephanie Rude-Alto, daughter of Ed and Joan Rude
Katelyn Croker-Alto, daughter of Brent and Kathy Croker
Juvenal Soria-Tenor, son of Juvenal and Maria Soria
Collin Schultz-Tenor,son of Mark and Shari Schultz
Nick Crippin-Tenor, son of David and Glee Crippin
Jacob Lyon-Tenor, son of Craig and Cheryl Lyon
Jeremy Boesc-Bass, son of Keith and Joni Boese
Angie Schmidt-Clarinet, daughter of Keith and Marcia Schmidt
Clare Cullen-Clarinet, daughter of Art and Delores Cullen
Marjoie Halverson-Clarinet, daughter of Marion and Barb Johnson
Maya Peterson-Cello, daughter of Rick and Carol Peterson
All-State participants will rehearse in Ames on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-19 and the Festival Concert will be presented to the public at 7:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State University, Ames, on Saturday evening, Nov. 19. This program is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association. Ticket information is available from any of the H.S. music directors.
The value of the All-State Festival is not determined by the concert that is presented, music faculty said. "The process and preparation is really what it is all about. The effort that any student puts forth in preparation makes that person a better and more knowledgeable musician. The progress that many students make in their preparation for All-State might never happen or might not happen as quickly without All-State as a goal. The self-discipline, emotional control, time-budgeting, and focus that a student learns from the process of preparation will last long after All-State. The musicianship attained from the preparation has taken each students given talent and turned it into actual ability. Each student that has prepared for All-State makes their high school ensemble sound better and they become models for the other students to observe."
SLHS students that should be recognized for their efforts even thought they were not selected are: Nate Tucker, Elizabeth Hixon, Ali Kofhmel, Tessa Winterton, Lindsay Guenther, Emily Gutz, Heather Lucht, Amanda Proczak, Morgan Rauch, Andy Storm, Kata Harvey, Tammy Nielson, Ross Schultz, Matt Bowman, Adrian Dimas, Kristi Davis, Tyler Reinert, Michael Schulz, Joe Cullen, Shelby Overmohle and Katy Shevel.
Great appreciation is also felt for all the students and adults that helped run the festival here at Storm Lake. A great number of favorable comments were received from participating schools and even the judges were very pleased.