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12 students from FD to attend All-State

Chorus, band, orchestra will perform in Ames concert Saturday

November 12, 2012
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS, , Messenger News

Students from Fort Dodge Senior High and St. Edmond Catholic Schools will participate in the 2012 Iowa High School Music Association's All-State Music Festival in band, choir and orchestra.

This will be the 66th event since 1948.

"The All-State Music Festival is the highest honor a high school musician in the state of Iowa can achieve," Alan Greiner, IHSMA executive director, said.

Fort Dodge will be represented at the state music festival by one student from St. Edmond and 11 students from FDSH. These students constitute the upper half of the top 1 percent of all choral and instrumental musicians in the state, according to the IHSMA.

After spending eight weeks preparing their individual and group material, the band, choir and orchestra students were each given a seven-minute "blind" audition on Oct. 20.

Students representing FDSH in All-State Chorus are Benjamin Ahlers, bass; Sarah Amhof, soprano; Madeline Ascherl, soprano; Matthew Delaney, tenor; Natalie Dillon, soprano; Kjerstin Grindberg, alto; Robert Leigh, bass; Alexandra Mass, alto; Brian Murman, bass; Jamila Shing-Hon, soprano; and Austin Sorenson, tenor.

Representing FDSH in All-State Band is Bella Chou, first alternate bassoon.

St. Edmond will be represented in All-State Orchestra by Michelle Curtis, flute.

The students will practice Friday and perform at the All-State Music Festival Saturday at Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus, Ames. All seats for the concert are reserved. Tickets cost $18 each and can be purchased online at (search for Iowa All-State).

The concert will be taped by Iowa Public Television and will air on Thanksgiving Day on IPTV.



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