ILMEA accepts nine Conant music students

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  • orchestra
    Left to right: junior Sarah Murata (cello), sophomore Bianca Saputra (violin), junior Connie Kuba (violin), senior Spencer Metcalf (violin), and sophomore Kyle Morimoto (violin).
  • band
    Left to right: sophomore Payton Kaye (trombone), and seniors Amethyst Dabler (flute) and Tommy Farnsworth (percussion).
  • choir
    Sophomore Molly Holcomb (alto I).

Early this October, 42 Conant music students competed at the regional level for a position in the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 7 regional ensemble. Of those who auditioned, three band, five orchestra and one choir student from Conant were accepted.

ILMEA is an organization of music teachers and educators across Illinois, spread out over nine districts. Each year, elementary, middle and high schools select qualified members of their choir, orchestra and/or band to audition for a place at the regional level, and from there, the state level.

Though getting into ILMEA is an accomplishment that singles out extremely well-versed musicians, Kreg Moorhouse, the Conant band director, said that ILMEA “brings an unnatural level of competitiveness in the students that audition.”

Spencer Metcalf, a senior, said that he felt “very euphoric” when he found out he was accepted for the fourth year in a row.

The students accepted into ILMEA at the regional level will play at a concert at a local high school. There are two types of concerts: a concert setting and a jazz setting.

Eight of Conant’s ILMEA musicians performed at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 7 at Glenbrook South High School. Payton Kaye, a sophomore, will play at the jazz concert at 1 p.m. on November 21 at Niles West High School.

The state band, which will be chosen based off of the regional audition scores, will perform in Peoria in January.

Srinivasan Iyer

Srinivasan Iyer is a news reporter and photographer on the Conant Crier news team. This is his first year as a staff member. He is also involved in HOSA, plays piano in the Jazz Ensemble, is the president of Tri-M Music Honor Society and plays on the tennis team. Apart from writing, he enjoys drawing, playing the flute and composing music for piano.

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