Five FDSH students selected to All-State Music Festival

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Pictured from left, Aaron Amhof, Grace Casciato, Reese Pederson and Ryan Madden, were selected for All-State Chorus.

Eleven students from Fort Dodge Senior High School recently auditioned for the 2021 Iowa High School Music Association’s All-State Music Festival. The students selected for the All-State Music Festival represent the top 1 percent of high school musicians in the state. Selection to the All-State Music Festival is the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians.

Four Dodger vocalists and one instrumental student were selected:

All-State Chorus:

• Aaron Amhof, junior, tenor, second year selected

• Grace Casciato, junior, alto, second year selected

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Abby Meyer was selected for All-State Band. Meyer plays the alto saxophone.

• Ryan Madden, junior, bass, first year selected

• Reese Pederson, junior, soprano, first year selected

All-State Band:

• Abby Meyer, junior, alto saxophone, first alternate

“After a year of using virtual audition videos due to COVID, it was really fun for our students to be able to see and hear students from other schools performing and to prepare the music for the audition in a more normal way this year,” said Matt Drees, FDSH vocal instructor.

The All-State Music Festival takes place Nov. 18-20 in Ames. The final concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Hilton Coliseum. All seats for the concert are reserved and tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com. All tickets will be digital this year.

“We are extremely proud of each student who auditioned,” Drees said. “Completing the audition process really stretches and challenges the students to grow as musicians, which is absolutely the most important part of the whole process. We are thrilled for the students who were selected to have the opportunity to participate in the festival this year.”


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