Eight students chosen for All State Choir
By Melonee Cooper
High School students from all over Louisiana compete every fall for the privilege of singing in the LMEA All State Choir.
In September our six parish district competes for the top five spots from District V that will represent our area at the second round audition.
In October all 10 districts send their very best to compete for the spots in the All State Choir. The top 50 voices of the state then compete for the top 20 spots. These students are named to the All State Mixed choir. Then they begin to learn music for the concert on their own time.
These students are the best of the best. They are judged on tone, intonation, diction, musicality and sight singing on the spot. Eight students from DeQuincy High School were named to this group this year: Matthew Sellers, Trey Neyland, Joshua Windham, Jonathan Haley, Staci Maddox, Hannah Streams, Josie Carter, and Madison Hodge.
Recognized at this year’s concert were the six students who had been a member of this choir for all four years in high school. Staci Maddox and Jonathan Haley, from DeQuincy High, were among those seniors.
This is not a competition. Once the students are in Baton Rouge, they work relentlessly with a world renowned conductor and prepare the music at the highest level.
This year, the Grammy Award winning conductor of the Kansas City Chorale, Dr. Charles Bruffy was the clinician. The students concluded their weekend with a concert at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge on Saturday afternoon.
These students are always the first pick of colleges when offering choral scholarships. These scholarships are not limited to a music major. They want students of all degree programs to sing at the collegiate level.
Also named to the LMEA Women’s Chorale were Jade Knight and Carey Marcontell. The Women’s Chorale performed on Friday evening.
The Women’s Chorale was started a few years ago because the competition for the women was so intense. They began to select the next 10 voices of each part to sing in the Women’s Chorale so that our very talented ladies not named to the Mixed Choir would still have an amazing all state experience.