HOT SPRINGS – Eleven Hot Springs High School students are preparing for the 2017 All-State Chorus weekend in Sioux Falls, SD to be held Oct 27 – 28 in the new Denny Sanford Premier Center. Based on Hot Springs’ size, the school takes two quartets (8 students). In case of an emergency, and a member is unable to go, an alternate will take their place for the weekend.
This year’s members are: Isabel Meyer and Olivia Hayes (soprano), Breanna Remington and Bailey Juhl (alto), Oliver Juhl and Josh Stanley (tenor), and Austin Stephenson and Jacob Haertel (bass). Josh will be receiving his 4-year member award this year.
The alternates for each section are: Lillian Heidebrink – soprano; Willow Heidebrink – alto; Cade Gehman – tenor & bass.
On Oct. 9, these vocal students traveled to Spearfish to take part in the West River All State Choir rehearsal day on the campus of BHSU. The students rehearsed for the day and held an informal concert at 6 p.m. of all the music rehearsed that day. Dr. Jonathan Nero, choral director at BHSU, was their director.
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The All- State Chorus students are working to prepare eight pieces for the weekend coming up. All music is to be memorized. The guest conductor this year is Dr. Tim Seelig. He is a conductor, teacher, motivational speaker and singer. He has been the Conductor Emeritus of the Turtle Creek Chorale for over 20 years. Students will rehearse for two days and perform the Grand Finale Concert on Saturday evening. Please check your local listings for SDPTV as they usually broadcast this performance live.
South Dakota is one of the few states left in the nation to have a 1,000 voice All-State Choir. Each school in the state is represented with at least one quartet. This is very unique as most states have made it an audition only choir. It is one massive sound when they all sing at the same time. “It is a treat for the eyes and ear1” said Hot Springs music director Melissa Vande Stroet.
“The 11 students selected to represent Hot Springs’ Vocal Department are excellent representation of our music students in general,” added Vande Stroet. “This district has many talented musicians in both the choral and instrumental departments. It is very good to be able to have weekends such as this to showcase these talented musicians.”