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All-State Musicians Named

Six LT students were recently named All-State Musicians in the 73rd annual Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Student Programs. Students participated via virtual auditions through the process of district and regional festivals. The Illinois Music Education Association wanted to offer this experience despite remote learning and changes in teaching environments, and launched the first-ever digital audition opportunity for music students in Illinois.

The half-dozen LT musicians were selected through a virtual audition in the ILMEA District Festival. This is one of the highest honors an Illinois musician can receive. Two students are repeat honorees, having been named among the All-State ranks last year.

All-State musicians are chosen by the ILMEA based upon preliminary auditions held in the fall at the district level. LT belongs to District #1, which includes the City of Chicago and approximately 80 high schools from the southwest suburbs. There are typically 2400 students who audition for district ensembles in District #1 each year. The students with the highest scores in each district are submitted to a meeting of all ILMEA district presidents.

“Congratulations to those who auditioned, those selected and their teachers. All-State recognition is a tremendous honor for our students and a reflection of our staff.  The All-State weekend is a learning experience that unite students with fellow musicians and directors from across the state,” said Superintendent Dr. Timothy Kilrea. 

Jacob Egert, senior: Jazz Band: Jazz Trumpet
Andrew Hojjat, senior: Band: Bb Clarinet                      
Zoe Kales,* senior: Honors Chorus: Alto 1               
Madison Kraus,* junior: Orchestra: Double Bass              
Shannen McGinn, junior: Band: Flute 
Orla Ryan, junior: Honors Chorus Alto II

*Repeat All-State Musicians