ILMEA accepts nine Conant music students
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.