Each January, the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) presents the Illinois Music Educators’ Conference (IMEC) and music festival in Peoria. The All-State level for music takes place at this festival which brought together top musicians to create superb performance ensembles in band, choir, orchestra, and jazz the weekend of January 24-27th. While students must complete auditions to achieve this honor, the festival is a uniquely cooperative event for students from the entire state. For the elementary level, students are selected from teacher nominations.
This year, two high school musicians participated at the All-State level. Jack Vandermolen (12th grade) was selected to be a part of the state music festival for clarinet and Dana McAdam (11th grade) was selected for choir. This is Jack’s second All-State placement, and he completed another round of auditions at the state festival, earning 3rd chair clarinet in the top Honors Orchestra. The group performed music from West Side Story to commemorate what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday this year. Dana McAdam was selected for the All-State Choir, singing under Dr. Lee Nelson, Wartburg College, Waverly Iowa. The group performed works by Mozart, Lauridson and Rachmaninoff
Our All-State Elementary Choir students represented Timothy Christian well and performed on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center. Participants were: Tea Alles (6), Jake Armstrong (6), Gianna Baio (6) Ethan Becvar (5), Taylor Clash (6), Leah Hoffman (5), Hannah Hoffman (5), Colin Jones (6), Taylor Parker (6), Ben Schueler (5), and Aver Van Prooyen (5). The All-State Elementary Girls Honor Choir was directed by Dr. Susan Brumfield, professor of Choral Music at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. The All-State Elementary Boys Honor Choir by Jonathan Palant, from the Univeristy of Texas, Dallas.
We are so blessed to have these fine musicians in our music department at TCS and we wish them continued success in their music endeavors!