Twenty-five student musicians from District 99 have earned All-State honors through the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA). Students were selected to the All-State Band, All-State Chorus, All-State Orchestra, All-State Jazz Band, and as an All-State Composer. All-State musicians will travel to Peoria, Ill., from January 26-29, 2022 to participate in the Illinois Music Education Conference.
Audition videos were submitted to the ILMEA, and adjudicated by a panel of professional musicians. The highest scoring musicians from across the State of Illinois have been tapped as All-State Musicians for 2021-22.
“We are truly thrilled for these students and their families,” said North High Fine Arts Department Chair Brayer Teague. “Many people helped these students achieve this success, beginning with their very first elementary school music teachers and extending to their private-lessons teachers today. We are very proud to have these incredible musicians representing District 99 at the All-State level, and we are excited they are now recognized alongside the very best musicians in the State of Illinois.”
“To not only complete such a rigorous audition process, but to also be placed among the top musicians in the entire state of Illinois is a testament to the work, dedication, and sacrifice that these students have made,” said South High School Fine Arts Department Chair Jerry Lowrey. "Everyone in District 99 is proud to have these wonderful students represent us at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria. Thank you all for your inspiration!"
Congratulations to the following District 99 student musicians who have earned ILMEA All-District Honors:
Bridget Callaghan (12) – Soprano II, North High
Maija Flannery (10) – Soprano I, South High
Jonathan Isoniemi (11) – Bass I, North High
Cora Lingenfelter (12) – Soprano I, North High
Kassem Ossman (12) – Tenor I, South High
Ryan Rosignal (12) – Tenor I, South High
Gwendolynne Royle (12) – Soprano II, South High
Ian Stagaman (12) – Bass I, North High
SENIOR ORCHESTRA STRINGS
Stephen Cecil (11) – Viola, North High
Liudas Davies (11) – Violin, South High
Philip Okunev (12) – Violin, South High
Melissa Parkinson (12) – Double Bass, North High
Olivia Roti (12) – Viola, South High
SENIOR BAND & ORCHESTRA WINDS & PERCUSSION
Penny Ham (12) – Piccolo (Band), North High
Cameron Hejny (11) – Clarinet (Orchestra), North High
Zachery Heppner (12) – Clarinet (Orchestra), North High
Tabitha Irvin (11) – Bass Clarinet (Band), North High
Francesca Korbitz (12) – Flute (Band), North High
Kyra McComb (12) – Percussion (Orchestra), North High
Katherine Opila (12) – Trombone (Band), South High
Aarush Palli (10) – Flute (Band), North High
Ethan Weingust (10) – Bassoon (Orchestra), North High
SENIOR INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ
Andrew Brandt (12) – Trombone, South High
James Clemens (12) – Bass Trombone, South High
Sophia Hamelka (10), North High
The ILMEA Student Programs have been developed to encourage musical performance and creative expression and the many forms that may take for student musicians. Ensembles include symphonic orchestras, wind bands, choral ensembles, jazz bands and combos, and vocal jazz ensembles. The students named into these ensembles represent the best and brightest student musicians and the high-quality music education provided by music educators across Illinois.
To learn more about ILMEA, visit their website. For more information about North High Fine Arts contact Department Chair Brayer Teague at firstname.lastname@example.org and South High Fine Arts contact Department Chair Jerry Lowrey at email@example.com.