The Valley High School band, choir, and orchestra perform together in the Staplin Performing Arts Center.

Thirty-Seven WDMCS Students Selected to All-State Music Festival

Iowa high School Music Association logo.Thirty-seven West Des Moines Community Schools students were selected to participate in the 72nd Annual Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 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:

  • Bass—Jacob Swanson (fourth-year All-State)
  • Clarinet I—junior Kathryn Wittrock
  • Clarinet III—junior Madeline Echternacht
  • Cornet III—seniors Daniel Dickerson and Jackson Froscheiser
  • Harp—junior Gracia Koele (All-State orchestra and band)
  • Tenor Saxophone—senior Ben Carlson

In addition, Mason O’Brien (trumpet) was selected as first alternate.

All-state choir members:

  • Sopranos—junior Brooke Boddicker; seniors Nora King, Cam Mears, Haley Losh, and Claire Sattler
  • Altos—sophomore Lanie Anthan; junior Aviana Gelder; seniors Riley Bartlett and Rachel Forney
  • Tenors—sophomores Parker Johnson and Avi Kaufman; junior Landon Denker; seniors Gunner Hawthorne and Patrick Pham
  • Basses: juniors Sterlin Mills and Jacob Soto; seniors Carson Codel and Cole Strelecki

In addition, senior Lizzie Brackett was also selected as an alternate.

All-state orchestra members:

  • Bass—junior Andrew Voggesser
  • Harp—junior Gracia Koele (All-State orchestra and band)
  • Cello—junior Kevin Qi
  • French Horn IV—junior Peter Erickson
  • Tuba—junior Gwyn Chilcoat
  • Viola—sophomore Dorothy Junginger; junior Jake Reck
  • Violin—ninth-grader Kristin He; sophomores Marina Deyev and Risha Shetye; seniors Rachel Li, Ryan Staub, Darell Smith

In addition, ninth-grader Elaine Wang (violin), junior Min Hyuk Lee (cello), and Kendra Thompson were selected as alternates.

Tickets to the Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert can be purchased at the ISU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the west side of the Jacobson Athletic Building in Ames, Iowa, or online at The concert will also be shown on Iowa Public Television at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22; 2 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27; and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.