PALOS HEIGHTS, Illinois – In the fall of 2021, more than 10,000 elementary, high school and high school students statewide participated in a virtual audition program for the Illinois Music Education Association district festivals. More than 7,000 of the students auditioned were selected for festivals celebrating student musicians in groups, orchestras, choirs and jazz ensembles.
Students in grades 10 to 12 who have participated in ILMEA District Festivals are also eligible to be selected for student programs in all Association states. This year, 1,500 students have been selected for the all-state programs, which will run Jan. 26-29 in Peoria, Ill..
In addition to performing ensembles, this group also includes students who have applied and been accepted to the Future Music Teachers Seminar for students interested in a career as professional music educators, and students who have entered the composition competition. ILMEA and were selected to participate in the composition track. This is a unique and exciting event track designed for outstanding students who work in the fields of traditional composition, remixing, singer / songwriter and other fields of music writing and production. .
Among the 1,500 students selected for ILMEA All-State programs were 19 Quincy Senior High Blue Devils. QHS has one of the largest numbers of selected students in the entire state of Ill.
The QHS students selected for the All-State programs are: Zoe Agrimonti, viola, a junior and daughter of Tony and Karen Agrimonti, selected for the All-State Orchestra; Garrett Embree, tuba, a junior and son of Kent and Denise Embree, selected to the State Orchestra; Eric Gottman, bass, senior and son of Kevin and Gayle Gottman, selected for the Honors Chorus; Isabella Gree, soprano I, junior and daughter of the Reverend Jeff and Rachel Green, selected for the All-State Chorus; Cole Herman, trumpeter, an elder and son of Karl and Michelle Herman, selected for the All-State Orchestra; Courtney Johnson, viola I, an elder and daughter of Doug and Debbie Johnson, selected for the Honors Chorus; Landon Kanauss, double bass I, an elder and son of Alan and Lori Kanauss, selected for the Honors Chorus; Nathanial Lawler, violin, eldest son of Jay and Lisa Lawler, selected for the All-State Orchestra; Clara Louthan, viola II, a junior and daughter of Jimmie and Julie Louthan, selected for the All-State Chorus; Madison McClain, soprano II, senior and daughter of Brad McClain, selected for the Honors Chorus; Maximilian Miller, bass, junior and son of Jillian and Cole Miller, selected for the All-State Orchestra; Sierra Miller, French horn, sophomore and daughter of Toby and Amanda Miller, selected for the All-State Orchestra; Cshentella Oliver, viola, an elder and daughter of Angela Classen and Curtis Oliver selected for the All-State Chorus; Ethan Rodgers, cello, a sophomore and son of Chad and Kathleen Rodgers, selected for the All-State Orchestra; Caleb Schinderling, percussionist, eldest son of Jon and Carla Schinderling, selected in the All-State Band; Elaina Smith, bassoon, sophomore and daughter of Matt and Clare Smith, selected in the All-State Band; Donovan Spencer, percussionist, eldest son of Brian and Adair Spencer, selected to the All-State Orchestra; Beck Steinke, trombone, an elder and son of Jody and Molly Steinke, selected for the All-State Orchestra; and Preston Trinh, violin, a sophomore and son of Linh Nguyen and Anthony Trinh, selected for the All-State Orchestra.
Students from the performing groups represent Illinois’ best student musicians as they come together to present a state concert series. On January 28, the 2022 Jazz Night Concert will feature vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles, followed by the All-State Elementary Chorus Concert, All-State Concert, and Honors Concerts on January 29. Each of these ensembles will be conducted by distinguished conductors and educators from across the country.
All-state student programs run concurrently with the Illinois Music Education Conference, the premier professional development opportunity for music educators in Illinois. This event brings together more than 12,000 students, educators, parents and providers of the music education industry at the Peoria Civic Center to celebrate and promote music education in Illinois.
For more information about the Illinois Music Education Association and opportunities for student musicians and music teachers, please visit ilmea.org.