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County students are All-State musicians

January 23, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Several Washington County Public Schools students have earned spots in the All-State Senior Band, the All-State Junior Chorus and the All-State Senior Chorus.

The students will perform with other students from Maryland in late February at the Convention Center in Baltimore, Rob Hovermale, coordinator of visual and performing arts, said.

LeAnn Mayan, Smithsburg High School, clarinet, will perform in the All-State Senior Band.

The following students will perform in the All-State Junior Chorus: Robin Lucas and Emily Myers, Clear Spring High School, altos; Samuel Myers, alternate from Clear Spring Middle School, tenor; Jessey Flowers and Zachary Nelson, Clear Spring Middle School, bass; and Laura Canfield, Clear Spring Middle School, soprano.

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The following students will perform in the All-State Senior Chorus: Kristina Lopez, Clear Spring High School, alto; Megan Burtner, Boonsboro High School, soprano; Bryant Sigler, Williamsport High School, tenor; and Colt Smith, Williamsport High School, bass.

Tryouts for the all-state groups are held on weekends in November, Hovermale said.

The auditioning students are given two solos to perform: One is a fast selection to show technical ability and the second is slower to demonstrate their "musicality," he said.

The students also have to know their scales, and the judges ask the students to perform music with which they are not familiar, Hovermale said.

The music is difficult and usually only the best students try out, Hovermale said.

Students who play popular instruments, such as the flute, sometimes have to go back for a second audition, he said.

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