EHS singers perform in All State Honors Choir

ESCANABA – Nine singers from Escanaba High School recently participated in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival held on the Campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Olivia LaForest, Lydia Ryan, Alexa Langsford, Renee Lofquist, Audrey Wilson, Acacia Gilchrist, Jed Larsen, Justin Snyder and Michael Whitman were members of the 120-voice Michigan School Vocal Music Association All State Honors Choir.

The students earned this honor through an extensive audition process that began in October. Twenty seven students from the Escanaba High School Chorale were selected to be members of the MSVMA Region D Honors Choir.

The Regional Honors Choir performed a concert at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba in December where they also auditioned for the State Honors Choir. Fifteen students from Escanaba advanced to one of three State Honors choirs and performed at the Michigan Music Educators Conference held in Grand Rapids in January.

Students from the three choirs were then selected to the MSVMA All State Choir to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Escanaba High School was one of two schools in Michigan with nine singers in the choir. It is the fourth time in the past five years that Escanaba has had the most participants in the group.

The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is an annual festival that honors the finest high school talent in the state in several different art forms. Students in the All State Choir rehearsed throughout the weekend and performed in the Miller Auditorium on May 10.

The conductor for the concert was Dr. Judith Bowers. Dr. Bowers is Professor of Choral Music Education at The Florida State University. She has served on the faculty of the College of Music since 1990. As a conductor, she has led 74 Honor/All State choruses since 1990, including two engagements conducting the Carnegie Hall National Honor Choir.