48 WDMCS Musicians Selected for Iowa All-State Music Festival

Forty-eight students from the Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School Fine Arts departments were selected to participate in the 70th Annual Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The students were selected through a rigorous audition process that included students from throughout the state.

All-state band members:
B-flat Clarinet — Catherine Larson, Bradley Qin
Bassoon — Alanna Maxwell
Baritone Saxophone — Denny Nguyen
Cornet — Daniel Dickerson, Henry Leaders
Euphonium — Samantha Shea
Trombone — Jacob Bedia
Trumpet — Matt Lowe
Tuba — Mitchell Smith
Alternate — Noah Welch, Tenor Saxophone; Gwyn Chilcoat, Tuba

All-state choir members:
Soprano — Kyra Casper, Ellen Erickson, Haley Losh, Emily Maller, Sofi Mandil, Elena Soto
Alto — Riley Bartlett, Cam Mears, Meta Miller, Elaine Rojas, Claire Sattler, Maddy Swaim, Allison Tow
Tenor — David Bone, Sam Galligan, Matt Lowe, Brook Norwood, Ryan Williams
Bass — Dominic Cravero, Jared Fisher, Erik Skoog, Owen Snyder, Cole Strelecki

All-state orchestra members:
Violin — Elizabeth Ash, Amelia Dixon*, Christopher Jun, Rachel Li, Guowei Qi*, Darrell Smith, Ryan Staub, Kendra Thompson
Viola — Avi Gedler, Elizabeth Lau, Aleia Manning
Cello — Cayden Codel, Kate Jaros
Bass — Catherine Christian, Jacob Swanson
Alternate — Emily Ash, cello; Matthew Christensen, bass

Tickets to the Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert can be purchased at the Iowa State athletic ticket office or online at Ticketmaster.com. The concert will also be shown on Iowa Public Television at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, and at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. For more information on the Iowa All-State Music Festival, visit the IHSMA All-State website.

*Through a rigorous audition process, senior violinist Guowei Qi earned first chair in the IHSMA All-State Orchestra and will be the concertmaster. Junior Amelia Dixon earned second chair. This is the first time that Valley High School students have earned both of the highest seats in the All-State Orchestra violin section in one year. Congratulations to both students!