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Middle school musicians named to Jr. All-State band, choirs

Junior All-State Band musicians from Twin Falls Middle School are, from left, Will Crandell, Joey Petroske, Emilie Reitz, and Cole Van Gerpen.  - Courtesy photo
Junior All-State Band musicians from Twin Falls Middle School are, from left, Will Crandell, Joey Petroske, Emilie Reitz, and Cole Van Gerpen.
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Outstanding seventh and eighth grade music students from across Washington have received top honors by being selected to participate in the annual Junior All-State bands, choirs and orchestra, sponsored by the Washington Music Educators' Association.

Students from Twin Falls, Snoqualmie, and Chief Kanim Middle Schools will join more than 375 outstanding young musicians named to the Junior All-State Band, and 150 choral performers named to the All-State Youth Honor Chorus, in Yakima for a gala event February 18.

Four eighth-grade students from Twin Falls Middle School have been selected, Will Crandell — percussion, Joey Petroske - clarinet, Emilie Reitz - flute, and Cole Van Gerpen - alto saxophone.

Five students from Snoqualmie Middle School were also selected: eighth graders Raine Myrvold,trombone - Baker Band; and Allyson Conlon, soprano, - Treble Choir; and sixth graders, all in Honor Chorus Trinity Wilson, soprano; Jessica Conlon, alto; and Alison Caswell, alto.

Chief Kanim Middle School is sending three musicians, too. They are Christopher Bauer, oboe - Baker Band, Sydney Huft, soprano – Treble Choir, and Alexis Torres, alto – Youth Honor Chorus.

The students will meet at the WMEA conference February 18, and rehearse together under the direction of outstanding music educators. They will present a final concert that afternoon.

These musicians were selected through auditions to participate in this prestigious WMEA event. Many professional musicians credit their All-State experience as crucial in their decision to choose music as a career.

Well-known Washingtonians who have participated in past years’ WMEA All-State groups include The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey, 2008 National Teacher of the Year Andrea Peterson and jazz saxophonist Kenny G.

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