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Fairfield students selected for highest music honors

Nov 16, 2012
Photo by: JULIE JOHNSTON/Ledger photo Fairfield High School students selected to participate in the All-State Music Festival were, from left, front row, Dakota Andersen, Claudia Sloat, Josiah Wilbur, Dakota Webber, Makena Dettmann and Sarah Morgan; back row, Forest Miller, Coren Hucke, Jacob Greiner, Josh Alonso and Mitch Goudy.

Students from across the state ventured to Fairfield Oct. 20, where they auditioned for the All-State Music Festival chorus, band or orchestra.

Few are selected for the highly prestigious honor, and Fairfield showed great success on audition day. Regardless of the results, there is a monumental growth in the students through this process that cannot be overlooked. Students take great strides in vocal technique, music knowledge and teamwork, which are accomplishments that will remain with them.

Fairfield had three students make it from the first round and eight students recalled, with three of those recalled being accepted and one accepted as an alternate. To even be recalled is a high honor, and those who were recalled, but not accepted were: Makena Dettmann, Coren Hucke, Dakota Webber and Josiah Wilbur.

Josh Alonso, son of Ernesto and Leticia Alonso, was accepted into the All-State Chorus for the first time. In music, he has participated in Concert Band, Marching Band, GYZ, High Society, The Raw Notes, Jazz Ex, Madrigal and Vox as section leader. He also was selected to serenade the homecoming queen this year, and was featured during the homecoming pep rally on “Low Rider.” Recently, Alonso played Helsa in the FHS production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s.”

Jacob Greiner, son of Jeff and Lori Greiner, was accepted into the All-State Chorus for the first time. At FHS, Greiner has been involved in Chamber Choir, Vox, High Society, FFA and basketball. He has participated in ATV racing and has been involved in 4-H and his church youth choir. He is considering attending Iowa State in the fall majoring in animal ecology.

Sarah Morgan, daughter of Penny Morgan and Denny Morgan, has been accepted as an alternate for the All-State Chorus. At FHS, Morgan has participated in Concert Band, Marching Band, High Society, Jazz Ex, Madrigal, Women’s Ensemble and Vox as section leader. She has participated in state solo and ensemble contest, receiving a Division I rating in her women’s trio, and was part of the “Best of Center” Women’s Chamber Ensemble. Last summer, Morgan traveled with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music, where she sang in seven different countries. She hopes to be involved in choir in college and for many years to come.

Dakota Andersen, son of Kevin and Mary Andersen, has been accepted into the All-State Chorus for the first time, an enormous feat for a freshman. At FHS, Andersen is participating in Vox, Jazz Ex, Concert Band, Marching Band and Jazz Band. Locally, he has performed in the F.A.C.T. production of “Children of Eden” in the children’s chorus, the Fairfield Municipal Band, the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra and as cantor for church. Participating in high music honors is nothing new to Andersen, as he participated in the Opus Honor Choir for three years, SEIBA Honor Band for two years, and the All Iowa Eighth Grade Band. He has studied piano for nine years and taken trumpet lessons for three. At the Southeast Iowa Choral Directors Association’s Honor Choir, he was chosen to perform in the featured Octet on Mozart’s “Veni Sancte Spiritus.” This year, he was chosen as a finalist for the baritone solo in “Dominus Vobiscum,” an honor only extended to eight students in the state.

Mitch Goudy, son of Joe and Diane Goudy, has been accepted into the All-State Chorus for the second time. He has taken voice and piano lessons from Justin Hill for one year. At FHS, Goudy has participated in Jazz Ex, Vox, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band and Show Band. He plans on pursuing a solo country music career and will be performing in “Hill’s Christmas,” where he is excited to be doing solo work with an orchestra.

Forest Miller, son of Bruce Miller, is participating in the All-State Chorus for the second time. At FHS, he has participated in GYZ, High Society, Jazz Ex, Madrigal, Vox as section leader, Concert Band, Marching Band and Speech Team. Miller has had a string of success at state solo and ensemble contest, receiving six division I ratings for singing and two for trumpet. At the Southeast Iowa Choral Directors Association’s Honor Choir, he was given the solo on “Dominus Vobiscum.”

Claudia Sloat, daughter of Darien and Roberta Sloat, has been accepted into the All-State Chorus for the second time. At FHS, she has participated in the Women’s Ensemble, Madrigal, High Society, Jazz Ex as manager, Vox as section leader, Concert Band, Marching Band as drum major, Jazz Band, Speech Team (two years of performing all state mime, two years of non-performing all state musical theater). Locally, she has performed in W.O.B. production of “Annie” as Pepper, the F.A.C.T. production of “Willy Wonka” as Violet Beauregarde, the FHS Broadway Player’s production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” as Nikki, and received the Thespian Award as Anne in “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Sloat took voice lessons with Jamie Spillane. Last year, she was selected to be a part of the 2012 All-State Vocal Jazz Choir, a group made up of the top 20 jazz singers in the state.

The 2012 All-State Music Concert will be Saturday. Grammy Awarding winning conductor Jerry Blackstone will direct the chorus. Blackstone is the director of choirs and chair of the conducting department at the University of Michigan School of Music.

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