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THS Choral Department Shines at ILMEA

ILMEA Chorus All-District members — First row, L-R: Arabella Martychenko, Paige Beyer, Aislinn Davis, Eva Collins, Aliyah Johnson. Second row — L-R: Allison Page, Hannah Cordes, Stephanie Kafer, Sydney McDaniel; Third row, L-R: Garrison Reed, Blake Renken, Faith Mitchell, Gabriel Hartzel; Fourth row, L-R: Sam Schaffer, Hunter Snow, Braden Mitchell, Caleb Fulford, Gabriel Gregson, Abby Anrkom. Absent: Melissa Atkins

Staff Report

For the THS Choral Department, the 2018-2019 school year has once again seen records set at ILMEA All-District and All-State. It began on Columbus Day, October 8, when 20 choral students earned places, through competitive auditions, to participate in the Illinois Music Educators Association District 6 Music Festival.

This was an all-day event, held November 5 at Belleville West High School.

The top auditioned students from southern Illinois came together to rehearse and prepare for an evening performance. THS Choral Department was also represented the following weekend at the ILMEA Jazz Festival. From these 20 students, 10 made All-State Choruses. This year Triad had eight students placed in the Honors All-State

Chorus and two students placed in the All-State Chorus. All-State activities took place at the IMEC (Illinois Music Educators’ Conference) in Peoria from Jan 23 – 27. Students participated in three days and evenings of intense rehearsing, culminating in concerts before thousands of family member and friends.

Three-time Honors All-State Chorus participant Stephanie Kafer said it was an honor to get to experience Honors All State for the third time, and offered praise for those who made it all come together.

“This past all state experience has really completed my senior year. I loved being with so many friends and meeting new students from across Illinois,” Kafer said. “The conductor this year was the by far my favorite conductor throughout all of the years I have been in all state.  She really took the talents of the Honors Choir to a new level and it was so humbling to work with her. Her energy and enthusiasm that was brought to every rehearsal made each moment seem precious and each student valuable. She was able to inspire us as musicians into giving our best in the rehearsals and in the performance itself. Overall, getting the opportunity to go to All State with so many Triad students made it memorable for me. I love the friendships and bonds that were made and strengthened over the trip.

“Also, the All State Choir experience would not be complete without Triad’s fantastic choir director, Mrs. Remiger. Her dedication to this program and students is definitely something I will miss when I graduate. It’s truly been an honor and a privilege to get to experience Honors All State three years in a row and I couldn’t have asked for a better senior All State experience.”

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