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Learning

Sycamore musicians travel to conference

Twelve Sycamore High School students were selected to participate in the 2013 Illinois Music Educators Association Conference in Peoria. This is the fourth time Sycamore High School has been represented at the All-State Conference.

“This conference offers impressive performances and experience for these accomplished musicians in Honors Band, Honors Orchestra and Honors Choir, the highest level of performance, as well as the All-State Ensembles,” Sycamore Music Department Chairman Scott Mertens said in a news release.

Students were selected through a rigorous audition process at the district IMEA festival. Illinois has nine districts throughout the state, and each district sent its top students to the all-state conference. Students, staff and families spent a long weekend in Peoria in rehearsals and master classes before a final performance.

“It is amazing to see these students develop maturity as musicians and as people at this conference, and I enjoy sharing this experience with them,” Sycamore High School Orchestra Director Ken Tonaki said in the release.

Sycamore students who qualified for all-state were:

Honors Orchestra: Sarah Grant, double bass; Lydia Moore, double bass; and Rebecca Vidales, viola.

Honors Choir: Emily Flowers, soprano II.

All-State Ensemble: Taylor Brady, alto saxophone; Alyssa Gregorec, viola; Seth Kates, bass; Baylie Petit, cello; Paige Phelps, cello; Danielle Pivonka, violin; Alex Riley, tenor I; and Miranda Van Wienen, viola.

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