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CMS students selected for ACDA Honor Choir

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Will perform Feb. 9-11 in Madison, Wisc. Festival

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This perky group from Cherokee Middle School has been selected to perform with the American Choral Directors Association's Children's Honor Choir at the North Central Division Conference February 9-11 in Madison, Wisconsin. They are, front row, left to right, Kiley Kennebeck, Director Kristine Zylstra, Anna Cox, Alisanne Struck, Brooklyn Wissbaum. Back, Alexa Timmerman, Hannah Sayler, Nicole McLaughlin. Photo by Paul Struck
Seven students from Cherokee Middle School have been selected to perform with the American Choral Directors Association's Children's Honor Choir at the North Central Division Conference this February in Madison, Wisconsin. Sixty-eight students were selected from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin to perform in this choir.

The festival will be held in conjunction with the NC-ACDA Conference Feb. 9-11, with a final performance in Overture Hall on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The following students have been selected: In 6th Grade - Anna Cox and Hannah Sayler. In 5th Grade - Kiley Kennebeck, Nicole McLaughlin, Alisanne Struck, Alexa Timmerman, and Brooklyn Wissbaum. The girls are under the direction of Kristine Zylstra.

Cherokee is honored to have seven students representing them in this regional honor choir!

The process for acceptance began back at the beginning of the school year. Students auditioned by making a CD recording, which was sent to a committee of ACDA judges. Out of 1,027 auditions, 400 students were selected to perform in four different choirs at the festival. There is a high school honor choir, a middle-level boys honor choir, a middle-level girls honor choir, and a children's honor choir. Those selected to perform were then notified in November, and rehearsals began in December.

At the Festival, they will be under the direction of Dr. Angela Broeker, director of choral activities at the University of St. Thomas, where she conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir and teaches undergraduate courses in choral conducting and choral methodology.

In addition to her university responsibilities, Dr. Broeker presents for national, regional, and state conventions of the ACDA, the Music Educators National Conference, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She serves as guest conductor for numerous honor choirs including all-state choirs in 15 states.

Dr. Broeker received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma and her M.M. and B.M.E. degrees from Indiana University. She lives in St. Paul, MN.



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