By Ashton Graves
On October 20, 2012 two of Akron-Westfield’s students will be trying out for the Iowa All-State chorus at Storm Lake, IA.
An All-State choir is a choir composed of 600 out of thousands of talented kids who try out across the state.
In order to tryout for All-State students need to meet the following requirements on eligiblity (taken fom the Iowa All-State site) (http://www.ihsma.org/all_state_audition_info2012.shtml): “In addition to the Iowa High School Music Association Constitution, Article VI, Section 1, participation is restricted to students from schools that are members of the Iowa High School Music Association and enrolled in grades 9-12 only.
Auditioning students must be in good standing and currently enrolled and eligible in the respective ensemble eligible for participation in the Large Group Music Festival (i.e., wind/percussion – concert band or orchestra providing they are playing a wind/percussion instrument in that ensemble a majority of the time; vocal – chorus; strings – orchestra).
To be considered a member of the respective ensemble, a student must be enrolled and in attendance at a minimum of 50% of the scheduled rehearsal sessions. Ninth graders not eligible for Large Group participation as a result of district grade combinations, i.e., 7-8-9 or 8-9, will be determined to be eligible provided they meet the attendance requirements for their ensemble as specified in the previous sentence. Membership in large ensembles is required for all school districts where such ensembles exist.”
Mr. Ryan Schuknecht, Akron-Westfield’s music teacher, was asked, “Why do you believe students should try out for All-State?” he responded, “It’s very challenging music, and students who try out gain valuable experience, even if they aren’t selected.”
The two Akron-Westfield students auditioning for the choir are Emily Meerdink (junior), and Ryleigh Schnell (sophomore).