Winterset musicians accepted to All-State Music Festival

Pictured are the Winterset High School music students that were selected for the 74th annual All-State Music Festival. Vocal students pictured in the front row included Anna Blader, David Michael Negley, Ethan Villa, and Morgan Wickman. Band students selected are pictured in the back row and included Kael Blanchard, Josie Burkett, Lia Miller, Nate Suddarth, and Ethan Suddarth.


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.