Thirty-eight high school and fifty-one middle school students from the Sycamore School District were recently selected to participate in the 2017 Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) All-District Orchestras, Bands, Jazz Bands, and Choirs.
Students who made All-District groups performed audition material for judges in competitive auditions in October. The students who were selected spend one day in rehearsal, and the groups perform later the same day. The All-District Orchestra festival was held on Saturday, November 11 at Augustana College in Rock Island, and the All-District Jazz festival was also held on November 11 at Rochelle Township High School. The All-District Band and Choir festivals will be held on Saturday, November 18 at DeKalb High School. Concert performances will be in the Gym with performance times for the Senior Band/Chorus at 7pm and Junior Mixed Chorus at 4pm.
Students from Sycamore High School who have been selected for the ILMEA All-District festivals include:
HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR:
Soprano – Kaitlyn Jacobson, Rachael Johnson, Dana Nielsen, Ashley Parks; Alto – Cossette Breidenbach, Jen Diemer, Kaylie Emmer, Tenor – Alex Smith; Bass – Kjelden Breidenbach.
HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR (freshmen participating in junior festival):
Soprano – Melissa Lerohl, Vani Subramony; Baritone – Jeremy Peterson.
HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA:
Violin – Ben Briscoe, Grace Gruner, Julia Luo, Madeline McCormick, Rebekah Nielsen, Joon Park, Erin Templin; Viola – Kelsey Mulligan, Charlotte Salis; Cello – Kjelden Breidenbach, Grace Frielink, Courtney Mulligan, Tsavo Walker; Bass – William Kane.
HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA WINDS:
Oboe – Matthew Rogers; French Horn – Kimberly Hohlfeld; Trumpet – Ebad Rana.
HIGH SCHOOL BAND:
Flute – Payton Coldren; Oboe – Tommy Kloosterman; Clarinet – Lorin Kmieciak; Alto Saxophone – Ryan Loitz; Baritone Sax – Jakob Kelly; Trombone – Karl Peterson; Euphonium – Madeline Kessler.
HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND:
Baritone Sax – Jakob Kelly; Trombone – Karl Peterson.
Students from Sycamore Middle School who have been selected for the ILMEA district festivals include:
MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND:
Oboe – Jake Rundle; Bassoon – Ryan Blanken; Clarinet – Alex Grados, Chloe Harbecke, Adam Zeller, Miranda Zhang; Baritone Sax – Trevor Blanken; Trumpet – Noah Ament, Tryggve Vilaseca; French Horn – Aidan Dempsey, Sabrina Ezell; Trombone – Sam Crutcher, Colin Wunner; Tuba – Vinny Brito.
MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ BAND:
Trumpet – Conrad Drufke; Trombone – Hendrix Kruis, Colin Wunner.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR:
Sopranos – Ava Bickner, Kaitlyn Bowman, Cassandra Chamoun, Kaleigh Ibarra, Charlotte Sharp, Jill Thomas; Altos – Olivia Byrd, Ryan Russo, Olivia Torian; Baritone – Sam McDonald, Kameron Schroeder.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA:
Violin – Maxim Breidenbach, Sofi Briscoe, Emma Fredericks, Katrina Ingalls, Stephanie Kim, McKenna Nonnenmann, Eva Peterson, Sarah Siddiqui, Ritta Wi; Viola – Jules Breidenbach, Emily Bychowski, Rebeca DasNeves, Elizabeth Kleckner, Alaina Olson, Tryggve Vilaseca; Cello – Ethan Bode, Avery DeRuyter, Ella Follman, Austin Gerdes, Natalia Hulseberg, Luke Templin; Bass – Daniel Bos, Isaac Ward.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THESE STUDENTS! WE ARE PROUD OF YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION, AND ARE PLEASED TO HAVE YOU REPRESENT THE SYCAMORE SCHOOL DISTRICT!