Students make District KMEA Honor Band and Choirs

Six students selected to perform at December concert

Junior Kate Schau plays her Euphonium in band class Friday, Nov. 22. Schau qualified to play in the KMEA district band on Saturday, December 7.

By photo by Jack Lopez

Junior Kate Schau plays her Euphonium in band class Friday, Nov. 22. Schau qualified to play in the KMEA district band on Saturday, December 7.

Three choir students and three band students were selected to the KMEA Honor Band and Choirs after auditions on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The band students who were accepted were senior Tristan O’brien for tuba, junior Kate Schau for euphonium and sophomore Margaret Hempleman for flute. The choir students who made the honor choir were junior Henry Hanson, sophomore Rachel Lamb and sophomore Allen Weinert.

Choir director Sheree Stoppel said it is a huge honor to be selected.

“It is so difficult to get into the Northeast District Honor Choir,” Stoppel said. “There are about 200 in the honor choir, which seems like a lot. However, there are over 40,000 students in orchestra, band and choir [in this district].”

Schau was selected to perform as first chair for euphonium.

“I thought I did awful [at the audition],” Schau said. “[When I found out], I was in shock or the whole evening. I didn’t see it coming at all.”

The honor band and choir will perform on Friday, Dec. 7. About 200 students in the state will then be selected for the state honor band and choirs, which will perform in February.

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