To be recognized as an All-State musician is one of the highest honors a high school student can achieve in band, choir, and orchestra. While the Iowa All-State Music Festival itself is not happening this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nine students from Winterset High School received this immense honor on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Six instrumentalists and seven vocalists from Winterset High School submitted a video audition for consideration this past Oct. 21. Out of those groups, five students were selected to the All-State Band Kael Blanchard on cornet, Josie Burkett on clarinet, Lia Miller on clarinet, Nate Suddarth on horn, and Ethan Suddarth on horn. Four students were selected to the All-State Choir: alto Anna Blader, tenor David Michael Negley, tenor Ethan Villa, and soprano Morgan Wickman.
Three vocalists from Earlham High School were also selected for the All-State Choir: bass Garion Brown, alto Riley Jensen, and Kirsten Boyle.
The 2020 Festival celebrates the 74th anniversary of this prestigious event. District auditions for the 279-piece All-State Band, 227-piece All-State Orchestra, and 601-member All-State Chorus were held virtually on Saturday, Oct. 24. Only 17 percent of students who audition are selected for membership in the All-State ensembles.