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Seven advance to All-State

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The seven students who will participate in the 2012 Iowa All-State Music Festival include Alex Kaldahl, Ryan Crew, Rachel Dole, Katlyn Moore, Lauren and Rachel Sather and Olivia Baxter.
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Selections for the 66th Iowa All-State Music Festival will include seven students from Spencer High School. In November, they will travel to Ames to participate in the 280-piece All-State band, the 202-piece All-State Orchestra, or the 602-voice All-State chorus.

Auditions for the festival were conducted Oct. 20 at various locations around Iowa.

"It's the highest individual honor available to high school musicians," said SHS Music Director Kurt Schwarck.

The seven students selected for the All-State Music Festival include Alex Kaldahl, son of Paul and Kristin Kaldahl; Ryan Crew, son of Pete and Andrea Crew; Rachel Dole, daughter of Mike and Sandy Dole; Katlyn Moore, daughter of Joe and Kelly Kuehler; Lauren and Rachel Sather, daughters of Ryan and Sonia Sather; and Olivia Baxter, daughter of Joe and Susie Baxter.

Six of the seven students were selected for the chorus. Rachel Sather was the only member of the band chosen. She will join the French horn section.

The 1,084 students selected for the All-State Music Festival represent about 17 percent of the students who auditioned for a role. The participants will rehearse together in the days and hours before performing at the Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus.

"It's a big deal," Schwarck said. "District-wide, an example would be having 27 alto saxes try out for one chair in the band."

Each district is allotted a certain number of chairs in the band, but the choir availability is not determined until the morning of the auditions.

"They wait to see how many sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses walk in to audition that day," Schwarck said. "The center managers phone the information down to Boone (the Iowa High School Music Association), and then from there they figure out what the quota will be."

Though they know what section of the choir and band they will sing and play in, the students do not yet know their position within the section. This will be determined at another audition once they arrive in Ames.

"If they don't produce what the judges feel is 'All-State quality' when they get down there, the chair audition judges can tell them to come back in the morning. If they don't prove a level of competence of the music that will satisfy the judges, they can even send them home."

The All-State Music Festival is a part of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association. Iowa Public Television will record the concert for re-broadcast.

The SHS instrumental music program is directed by Schwarck, and the SHS choir is directed by Katie Kardell.

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Kudos to these kids! They have all worked so hard for this amazing honor! And thanks to our extraordinary band and vocal departments at Spencer High School! They invest in our kids and encourage them to become the best they can be. Good luck at All-State!

-- Posted by onlyathought on Sat, Oct 27, 2012, at 10:04 PM

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