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A-A students named to Honor Band and Choir

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Alta-Aurelia Middle School students who were chosen to perform with the Honor Band in Storm Lake this Saturday are, front row, left to right, Alex Sangwin, Abigail Anderson, Skylar Solko and Lexie Patton. Back, Hanna Westphal, Emma Kaskey, Jared Weiland and Tali Carr. Photo by Terry Holub, Aurelia Star.
The Northwest Iowa Choir Directors Association Junior High Honor Choir performed Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the LeMars High School Gym. Eight students from each area school were accepted to participate in the day's rehearsals and concert, and choir students representing the Alta-Aurelia Middle School included Hannah Nelson, Katie Van Berkum, Lexie Patton, Reghan Harms, Jeremiah Anderson, Skylar Solko, Shawn Henley, and Ben Kearney.

The choir was directed by Matt Huth, a graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, where he earned a Bachelors of Music Education degree, with an emphasis in voice and a minor in piano. Huth is in his 14th year of teaching, and is currently directing choirs in the Waukee School District.

The 44th annual Northwest Iowa Junior High/Middle School Honor Band festival will take place this Saturday, November 5, in Storm Lake. Approximately 370 seventh and eighth grade musicians from 42 Northwest Iowa schools auditioned on October 15 for places in one of two equal bands.

Students who represented the Alta-Aurelia Middle School in Tuesday's Honor Choir are, front row, left to right, Lexie Patton, Reghan Harms, Katie Van Berkum and Hannah Nelson. Back, Ben Kearney, Shawn Henley, Jeremiah Anderson and Skylar Solko. Photo by Terry Holub, Aurelia Star.
These two honor bands will rehearse during the day on November 5, and will then present a concert that evening at 6 p.m. in the Storm Lake High School Gymnasium. Admission for the concert is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Guest conductors for the honor band festival will be Dr. Larry Mitchell and Chris Crandell. Dr. Mitchell is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at The University of South Dakota. He is currently retired and resides in Vermillion. Crandell currently resides in West Des Moines, and he has most recently directed the Indianola High School Band ensembles.

Students from the Alta-Aurelia Middle School who were chosen to participate in the festival include Abigail Anderson, flute; Tali Carr, clarinet; Emma Kaskey, clarinet; Lexie Patton, alto saxophone; Hanna Westphal, alto saxophone; Skylar Solko, baritone saxophone; Jared Weiland, trombone; and Alex Sangwin, tuba.

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