Quintet of musicians selected for All-State Music Festival

Greene County High School will be represented in all three large groups at the All-State Music Festival on the Iowa State University Campus Nov. 19-21. They were selected at auditions in Atlantic Oct. 24.

Senior Rielly Harrington will play French horn in the orchestra. Playing in the band will be junior Emily Heupel on oboe and junior Noah Von Stein on bass clarinet. Senior flute player Brittany Richardson was selected as an alternate.

Senior David Petersen and junior Michael Kennedy were selected for the chorus. Both also sang in the All-State Chorus in 2014. Senior Wyatt Funcke and juniors Hannah Promes and Maddie Schroeder were recalled in the audition process but were not selected.

(Front, from left) Rielly Harrington, Emily Heupel, Noah Von Stein and Brittany Richardson; and (back, from left) Michael Kennedy, David Petersen, Hannah Promes, Maddie Schroeder and Wyatt Funcke
(Front, from left) Rielly Harrington, Emily Heupel, Noah Von Stein and Brittany Richardson; and (back, from left) Michael Kennedy, David Petersen, Hannah Promes, Maddie Schroeder and Wyatt Funcke

The orchestra will be conducted by Dr Licia Matos, director of orchestra and opera at Northern Illinois University. A native of Brazil, Matos holds a master of music and a doctor of musical arts degree, both from the University of Iowa.

The band will be conducted by Dr John P. Lynch, director of bands and professor of music at the University of Georgia. He began his career with 10 years pf pubic high school teaching in New York. University positions have been at Kansas, Northwestern and Emory Universities.

The chorus will be directed by Dr Peter A. Eklund, director of choral activities at the University of Nebraska.

The 69th annual All-State Music Festival concert will take place Saturday, Nov. 21, in Hilton Coliseum on the ISU campus. Rehearsals will begin Nov. 19. The festival is organized by the Iowa High School Music Association.

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