Two senior girls were chosen to represent their district in the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble Conference and Concert held in Peoria January 23 and 24.
Monica Griesemer and Hannah Apple of Shelbyville High School were chosen based on their auditions and performances at the District level in November. Also performing at the district level were Garrett Ferguson and Jessie Denning.
Twenty-four students from approximately 20 different schools were chosen for the all-state level.
“It was a great new experience getting to be with the best kids from all over the state,” Griesemer said.
“It was a different feeling - a more professional feeling,” said Apple. “The level of people there was cool to see. The bands were just phenomenal.”
The choral members practiced 12 hours on Thursday and a few hours on Friday prior to the concert that evening in the Peoria Civic Center. The vocal ensemble performed five pieces, and Apple soloed in one piece. The vocal ensemble was joined by the All-State Jazz Band, Honors Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Honors Jazz Bank, and Honors Jazz Combo.
“They were among the top seven vocalists in their parts. Monica sings soprano, and Hannah sings alto,” said Shebyville High School music director Patty Finks. “I was really proud of them. They represented the school well. They also made new friends and contacts through their connection with music.”
The director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble was David Cannon, director of Choral Music Activities at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri. Cannon is a graduate of Millikin University and is a published arranger, clinician, adjudicator, and festival conductor in both the concert and jazz arenas.