On Friday April 12, a select amount of choir students at MJHS got the opportunity to join others throughout TN in All-State Choir at Opry. Instead of attending school that week, they worked nonstop on many pieces of music.
At All-State Choir, students audition, but only the top 15 percent make the cut. The audition is only open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
The All-State Choir is divided into three different choirs: SSAA, SATB and TTBB.
The students at MJHS that made the cut were: Rachael Baldwin, Tatum Hazel, Takiah Ledo, Caitlin Garrett, Anthony Cash, Bryton Cole, Landon Collins, Avery Leggett, Noah Dillon, Evan Reavis, Ella Mercer and Alexia Stotsenburg. Make sure to congratulate them on their achievement!
“I learned a lot about music and singing technique in big groups. There was a lot of work put in to this and we had to audition twice. I met many talented people that knew what they were doing when I attended this,” said Anthony Cash, who got the opportunity to go all three years.
All-State is a very competitive and stressful field for the students and directors.
“Throughout the audition process, each person learns two pieces of music: SATB, SSAA or TTBB, depending if you’re a girl or guy. If you make it in to All-State, you have to go through another audition process, where you get all your songs for the select choir you’re in, and they see if you know your music. It is important to learn your music because if you don’t, they’ll kick you out of All-State, which makes it way more stressful,” said Anthony Cash.
Many have wondered if auditioning for All-State is even worth it. Attendees describe why it is something you should do.
“It is totally worth auditioning for because you can get scholarships from it. It is also a great experience and you learn so much from it. I can’t wait for next year!” said sophomore Ella Mercer.
As you can imagine, once the students and directors got back to normal routine, they are exhausted.
“Working back to back on music really gets you tired. Rest is very important while doing this because you get tired from all that singing!” said Ella Mercer.
If you are wanting to audition for All-State Choir next year, go to Mrs. Elliott and talk to her about it. There is information on Middle Tenn. Vocal Association’s website, along with sight reading practice sheets and the audition pieces. The more the merrier!