SYCAMORE – Twelve Sycamore High School students were selected to participate in the 2013 Illinois Music Education Conference recently held at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. This is the fourth time Sycamore High School has been represented at the prestigious All-State Conference! Students were selected via a rigorous audition process from the district IMEA festival held earlier this year. Illinois has 9 districts throughout the state, and each district was able to send their top students to be represented at this All-State Conference. Students, staff, and families spent a long weekend in Peoria in various rehearsals and master classes until their performance on Saturday.
Sycamore Music Department Chair, Scott Mertens, explains, “This conference offers impressive performances and experience for these accomplished musicians in Honors Band, Honors Orchestra, and Honors Choir, the highest level of performance; as well as the All-State Ensembles.” Students from Sycamore High School who have the prestigious honor of being selected for All-State include:
Honors Orchestra: Sarah Grant, double bass; Lydia Moore, double bass; and Rebecca Vidales, viola.
Honors Choir: Emily Flowers, Soprano II
All-State Ensemble: Taylor Brady, alto saxophone; Alyssa Gregorec, viola; Seth Kates, bass; Baylie Petit, cello; Paige Phelps, cello; Danielle Pivonka, violin; Alex Riley, Tenor I; and Miranda Van Wienen, viola.
Ken Tonaki, High School Orchestra Director, comments, “It is amazing to see these students develop maturity as musicians and as people at this conference and I enjoy sharing this experience with them.”