Ukulele club at state conference.

Students from Shelbyville Schools performed and presented at the statewide Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria last week.

High school junior Alana Dove performed in the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble Friday, according to vocal music director Joe Amato.

“To be selected to an All-State performing group is an incredible honor,” Amato said. “The amount of individual work Alana and her peers in the group have to put in is astounding, but it culminates in an incredible musical experience for these students and all those who come to watch the concert.”

This is Dove’s second year being selected for the group, Amato said.

Saturday morning, instrumental music teacher Charity Astrouski and thirty students from the Shelbyville Ukulele Club presented a clinic for more than 100 music teachers and others. In the clinic, Astrouski described how the club works and how it helps interest students in music. The group performed four songs, and students described their experiences to the audience.

“It’s a unique opportunity for our students to be able to share their experiences with teachers from around the state,” Astrouski said. “We’ve had a lot of success with the ukulele club and with growing our music program recently, and we believe we’ve learned some lessons along the way that others might be able to use.”

Dove also performed as a soloist with the ukulele club.

The Illinois Music Education Association describes the conference as “the premiere professional development event for all levels and areas of music education in Illinois.” It includes performances, presentations and a vendor fair over four days.

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