Eleven Bettendorf musicians were selected to participate in the Iowa All State Festival on Nov. 19-21. Chorus students selected include Halle Fish, Sophia Pike, Lindsey Sheldon, JaMiracle Morant, Cole Harksen, Alex Packard, Sam Hayles and Isaac Thompson. Two band members, Angela Rozzell and Donovan Klutho, and one orchestra member, Mackenzie Rice, were also selected.
Band, choir and orchestra all have different requirements for the auditions.
“For my audition, I had to learn seven excerpts from the pieces selected to play at the festival, 12 scales and prepare a one to one and a half minute solo piece,” Rice said.
“For choir auditions, we had to learn five or six entire songs and then on audition day, the cuts of certain pieces were picked out, and we only sang those cuts during the audition,” Harksen said.
All State puts pressure on musical students to reach their highest potential and be the best they can be. Choir students who are auditioning are put into quartets with the four main voice parts, soprano, alto, tenor and bass/baritone. This forces students to be extremely confident and familiar with their music.
“Preparing starts in the summer and you only get seven minutes in the audition room but it is rewarding whether you are picked or not because you learn a lot and grow as a singer individually and with your quartet,” Harkson said.
Sophomore Halle Fish was selected as a solo finalist. This honor only goes to the top 4 percent of singers in the All State choir.
“The whole experience is amazing and you get to perform with the best singers in Iowa, even rehearsing with them gave me chills,” Fish said.