22 November 2009

A BIG Event

Last night was the annual Iowa All-State Music Festival, featuring the All-State Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. Back in October, over 1,000 students were selected by audition from around the state to participate. According to the program, these students represent the top 1% of Iowa music students.

Last year, our daughter was selected to play percussion in the All-State Band. I have to admit that we were pretty excited about that because percussion is a very difficult section to make. Soon after the festival last year, she announced that she planned to audition for the All-State Chorus this year. She prides herself in being a well-rounded musician and wanted to see if she could rise to the challenge. And sure enough, she did!

Last night we attended a wonderful concert at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum. Instead of looking for her at the back of the band, we had to pick her out 601 vocal students in a sea of multi-colored choir robes!

We're very happy that she has had the unique opportunity to be part of the both the band and the choir. Both were very different kinds of learning experiences and will serve her well in the future.

If you're in Iowa, be sure to watch the program on IPTV, Thanksgiving evening at 7:00 pm. More information can be found at IPTV.


Sarah C. said...

What a great achievement! Way to go, B!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

My first thought was "Yes, but do they blow dry chickens there???????" But then after reading the entire post, I could never bring myself to say something so flippant. Seriously, she deserves a huge congratulations!!!

Sharon W. said...

Congrats,Bailey, on a your musical achievment.

Debbie said...

What a talented and determined young lady. And great photos Mom! Can't wait to see the layout.

Kristina said...

Congrats to all of you! What a accomplishment!

Janet said...

Thank you, guys! We are pretty proud of her, as you might imagine. :-)