On Thursday, February 23, Freshmen Autumn Bryant and Freshman Kiera Threlfall headed to Wichita to attend the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) yearly conference. They were attending for a specific reason, the KMEA “All-State Middle Level (7th – 9th grades) Honor Choir.”
In September, students from all over the state of Kansas, including 1A – 6A schools, had recordings submitted to the state KMEA as auditions for this choir. This year almost 6000 students had recordings submitted, however only 150 singers were to be selected for this choir. Frontenac submitted 22 students’ auditions for the chance in this elite choir. For a month students were on pins and needles waiting to find out if they were selected to the 2017 All-State Middle Level Honor Choir. Students found out in November who had been selected.
Selected students were given their music, in which had to be learned and memorized, prior to their rehearsal and performance at KMEA. These students rehearsed together all day, with a guest conductor/clinician, then performed and evening concert. At the concert, students who had achieved three-year status were recognized, among those recognized was Frontenac’s own, Autumn Bryant. (Selection for honor ensembles in three consecutive years is very difficult to achieve.)
When asked how the experience was, both Autumn and Kiera answered, “AWESOME!!! We would not trade this experience for anything. To be selected for this choir of 150 from the entire state is overwhelming and humbling.”
Many people ask, “what exactly is the the honor choir about?” The Honor Ensembles can be likened to the selection to the Kansas Shrine Bowl Football Game; how well you play throughout the year, as an athlete, contributes to your selection for Shrine Bowl. For the Honor Choir, the audition process for musicians. The game day for the athlete would equal the performance for musicians.
Mrs. Evans would like to thank the Parents, Faculty-Staff of Frontenac USD #249, Student Body, Administration, Board Members, and the Community for your support of the Music Program. Without this support, participation in such events would not be possible. Thank You!
CONGRATULATIONS AUTUMN AND KIERA! FRONTENAC IS PROUD OF YOU!