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Two Crofton High School Chorus Members Selected for All-State

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Two Crofton High School Chorus members, Jamis Hendrix and Gabriel Potts, were selected for All-State Choir to be held in Lincoln on November 16-18. Their auditions started with the learning of a scale and arpeggio, along with seven other pieces with varying genre and difficulty. On the day of auditions, they were told three of those seven songs they would have to perform along with their scales. The audition is a “one shot” process because it is automatically recorded into an online database. The audition is then sent off and the waiting begins!

    This year Crofton had ten students audition. “That’s amazing! I was so proud of all the students who auditioned and hope they take on the challenge again next year!” said Crofton Choir Director Katie Kleinschmit.

    All State Choir will again be host to the fall conference/clinic of the Nebraska Music Education Association. The guest conductor of the All-State Choir this year is Dr. Kristina Caswell MacMullen, Assistant Professor of Conducting and Choral Activities at Ohio State University. Music educators from all across the state will attend the conference held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Approximately 70 regional vendors, 400 guest performers, 360 All-State elementary musicians and 752 All-State high school musicians will be in attendance. 

    Annually, nearly 3,000 of the best high school musicians audition for the chance to be a member of the Nebraska All-State Choir, Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra. Of these 3,000 students who auditioned, 440 are chosen for the All-State Choir, 161 for All-State Band, 132 for All-State Orchestra and 19 for All-State Jazz Band. A new addition this year included 360 students nominated and selected to perform in the All-State Children’s Choir. Being selected as a member of any one of these groups is one of the highest musical honors available in the state.