SLHS students performed at Iowa All State Festival

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Selected for the All-State Chorus - students of Joanne Tucker: Chanthla Brownfield, soprano and a third-time recipient, (daughter of Hong and Christine Phanthavong); Danielle Reyes, soprano and a third-time recipient, (daughter of Joel and Tera Reyes); Rachel Bozonie, alto and a second-time recipient, (daughter of Elizabeth Bozonie and the late Paul Bozonie); Dustin Robinson, baritone and a second-time recipient, (son of Dan and Priscilla Robinson); Arwal Andrews, alto, daughter of Dan and Kay Andrews, (Chloe Grafft, tenor, daughter of Tom and Dana Grafft) and Linda Lopez-Sarceno, soprano, (daughter of Byron Lopez and Rosamelia Sarceno). Selected for the All-State Orchestra - student of Colleen Hecht: Jessica Slight, French horn, (daughter of Al and Rhonda Slight.) Selected for the All-State Band - a student of Colleen Hecht: Sarah Olson, clarinet, (daughter of Terry and JoLayne Olsona.) / Photo submitted

Nine students from the Storm Lake High School music program have attained the highest individual honor available to an Iowa high school musician by being selected as a member of the 2017 All-State Chorus, Orchestra or Band.

The 2017 Festival celebrated the 71st anniversary of this prestigious event.

The northwest district auditions for the 281-piece All-State Band, and 601-member All-State Chorus were held Saturday, October 21, at Storm Lake High School.

Approximately 17 percent of the students who auditioned were selected for membership in the All-State ensembles.

Participants rehearsed in Ames on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18. The Festival Concert was presented to the public at 7:30 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum, on November 18.

The All-State Chorus was directed by Dr. Stephen Alltop of Chicago, Ill. Maestro Sey Ahn directed the All-State Orchestra ensemble.

Iowa native, Dr. James Ripley, of Carthage University directed the All-State Band.

Iowa Public Television recorded the concert for re-broadcast. Please check the IPTC website ( for dates and times.

This program is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association.