Five Glen Crest singers chosen to participate in state’s Honor Choir
Five Glen Crest Middle School students are the first Spartans to be selected to participate in the Illinois American Choral Directors Association (IL-ACDA) Middle School Honor Choir.
The students chosen were: eighth graders Lillian Archer, Amelia Bartoli, Nora Martinez, and Sophie Sweeney, and seventh grader Hannah Mastro.
For their audition, students had to learn excerpts from three songs and record themselves performing. The students’ performances were then evaluated by professional musicians.
Only 120 middle school students from across the state were selected to be part of the Middle School Honor Choir Fall Conference, which took place October 28 and 29 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
At the conference, students participated in all-day rehearsals with professional accompanists. At the end of the day, the newly formed ensemble performed under the direction of Joliet Central High School choir director Belford Hernandez in the University’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
This is the first year that Glen Crest singers were selected for the IL-ACDA Honor Choir.
“We’re so glad these students were able to participate in this experience,” said Glen Crest choir teacher Sam Koppitz. “They were excited to do lots of singing and lots of hard work.”