Approximately 1000 of the finest band, choir, and orchestra students are individually selected by audition, to represent each of nine districts in Illinois. This year Geneseo has 27 outstanding students that have been selected as All-State musicians.
The IMEA does not observe any comparisons between schools, of the number of students who have been selected. However, it is notable to our community that Geneseo High School (866 students enrolled), for the second consecutive year, has the greatest number of All-State musicians, out of all of the high schools in the State of Illinois. The next highest are Quincy High School (1920 students enrolled in three grades) with 25 participants, and Naperville Nequa Valley (4072 students enrolled) with 23 participants.
Our 2013 IMEA All-State Musicians are:
Corbyn Beck – clarinet, Gabby Cooney – tenor sax, Michael Daniels – alto sax, Taylor Hager – bassoon, Lily Kluge – clarinet, Courtney LaBrie – clarinet, Luke Larson – euphonium, Shaina Lohman – flute, Kim Moore – clarinet, Heather Robinson – tuba, Megan Roome – euphonium, Chelsea Schwarzkopf – oboe, Allison Yerkey – trombone, Chas Young – french horn, Jessica Schaumburg – percussion, Kamron Wilson – french horn, Morgan Bowton – alto voice, Karl Flynn – bass voice, Taylor Heppner – soprano voice, Hannah K. Johnson – alto voice, Hannah N. Johnson – soprano voice, Hunter Kuffel – bass voice, Dugan Kuffel – bass voice, Clare Possin – alto voice, Daniel Sears – bass voice, Naomi Terpening – soprano voice, and Ryan Zummallen – tenor voice.
This is a celebration of a community filled with passion and commitment to the arts. Excellent music educators, a supportive Board of Education, parents willing to sacrifice their time, talents and treasures to support their children’s musical endeavors, and students who do not just accept God-given talent as a gift and let it fallow, but instead dedicate themselves to a craft that shows both individual and collaborative excellence!
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