Students to state music festival

In January, New England senior Emily Ehlis and sophomore Eve Stegner auditioned to be a part of the NDMEA All-State Music Festival at Bismarck State College.

Eve Stegner (L) and Emily Ehlis (R), both are heading to state music competition. (Photo by Rachel Bock/For The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK
For The Herald

In January, New England senior Emily Ehlis and sophomore Eve Stegner auditioned to be a part of the NDMEA All-State Music Festival at Bismarck State College. Ehlis was accepted as a trumpet three player in the All-State Band, and Stegner was chosen as a second alternate in the French Horn Section.

New England Band Director Conway Heupel announced the results of the student’s auditions during the School’s Christmas Concert that took place in January. In his nine years at New England Public School, Heupel has had three students attend the respected music festival.

Before being accepted into the highly competitive All-State Music Festival, students from all over North Dakota take part in a two-day live audition that is hosted in different parts of the state. The young musicians come prepared to perform in front of a judge and showcase their music abilities, performing two different scales of different articulation and speed, and also a solo. The students also have to perform an e’tude, which is a difficult musical composition that is used as practice material for perfecting a musical skill that focuses primarily on tempo and speed. Students are also judged on their ability to sight read music, as they are given a musical piece that they have never seen before and have 20 seconds to look it over before performing that particular piece in front of the judge.

This year’s All-State Music Festival will take place March 23-25 at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck. The students from all over the State of North Dakota will endure a grueling practice schedule Thursday night, through Saturday, with performances on Saturday afternoon. The music festival will showcase the music talents of students in the areas of Band, Mixed Choir, Treble Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Jazz Choir.

Ehlis who plans on majoring in Music Education at North Dakota State University next fall is excited about the opportunity that this music experience will bring.

“I am very excited to meet new people, and make new friends. I love that it gives me the opportunity to play with a large band filled with people that are experienced, and very excited to be there. I can play a little more difficult music and I can challenge myself in that sense,” Ehlis said.

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