Posted Date: 03/22/2017
On Thursday, February 23, eight Robert Martin Elementary students attended a clinic, along with 160 total 3rd through 5th grade singers from all over the state of Kansas, in preparation for the KMEA All-State Elementary Honor Choir concert that evening at Century II in Wichita. They were chosen by blind recorded audition out of over 800 entries from all over the state, and Maureen Berry, their music teacher, worked with those chosen to learn the music for the clinic and concert. The music they performed was extremely difficult and diverse, but with a full day of rehearsal and an outstanding nationally known conductor, Elizabeth Nunez, they performed an amazing concert for a packed Concert Hall. The eight singers from Robert Martin were: Katelyn Aune, Emma Ludolph, Sophie Thiessen, Nicole Winter, Xin-Yan Chan, Avery Vogt, Gabrielle Kanagy and Madeline McCarthy.
The singers chosen from Cottonwood Elementary were: Sophia Benton, Carley Tucker and Gabrielle Day.
The singers chosen from Prairie Creek Elementary were: Alex Trudel, Scarlette Haviland, Kilian Kelley, JT Short, Addison VanDever, Nicole Crawford and Korbin Hedger.
Middle school and high school students also qualified for the state level of choir competition. Dawson Wagner, a senior at Andover High School, made the 2017 High School All-State Choir. Liam Hayes, an eighth-grader at Andover Central Middle School, made the 2017 Middle School All-State Choir. Bridger Warrington, a freshman at Andover Central High School, also made the 2017 Middle School All-State Choir. Freshmen are still included in Middle School State-Choirs. The KMEA All-State Choir performs each year at the In-Service Workshop at Century II. Choir members have a rigorous series of auditions to select the finest vocalists in the state to perform.
Congratulations to all our Andover singers!