Singers Selected for 2017 All-State Choir

music-2618342_1280Eight singers from Dell Rapids and four singers from Dell Rapids St Mary have been selected for the 2017 All-State Chorus and Orchestra performance.  This year’s concert will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

Kathryn Fletcher, Amy Meyer, Sydney Stofferahn, Mercedes Lodmell, Alec Saxon, Andrew Weiland, Thomas Petrik, and Peyton Gleason have been selected to participate from Dell Rapids.  Morgan Brech, Abby Stauffenecker, and Riley Nyman were selected as alternates.  Participates from Dell Rapids St Mary are Courtney Geraets, Paige Bunkers, Noah Dennis, and Jon Bares.

This year’s guest conductor is Dr. Tim Seelig from San Francisco, CA.  Seelig is a conductor, singer, teacher, and motivational speaker.

Tickets for the concert are $19.00 for adult and student reserved section, $14.00 for adult general admission, or $8.00 for student general admission.

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Twelve Students Participate in All-State Chorus

sdhsaaLogoTwelve students from Dell Rapids and Dell Rapids St Mary schools participated in the 64th Annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra event on Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th.

Over 1,000 of South Dakota’s best high school vocal and instrumental musicians were in Sioux Falls for the activities at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.  The concert was performed at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.

The annual All-State Chorus & Orchestra, sponsored by South Dakota High School Activities Association, is the largest interscholastic high school music activity held in South Dakota. The 2016 All-State Chorus includes 928 singers representing 146 South Dakota high schools.  The All-State Orchestra is comprised of 157 musicians from 28 schools.

Participants from Dell Rapids were Veronica Fritz, Justice Haggin, Micah Gleason, Thomas Petrik, Elly Petrik, Sydney Stofferahn, Timothy Jaycox, and James Lueders.  Participants from Dell Rapids St Mary were Courtney Geraets, Pagie Bunkers, Jon Bares, and Zachary Geraets.

The guest conductors for the 2016 All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert were Dr. Jerry Blackstone from the University of Michigan, and Dr. Ruth Lin from Gustavus Adolphus College.  Dr. Blackstone will conducted the All-State Chorus while Dr. Lin will led the 2016 All-State Orchestra.

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2015 All-State Choir Selections

Twelve Dell Rapids students will be participating in the 2015 South Dakota All-State Choir and Orchestra performance on Saturday, October 31st.  Dell Rapids High School had eight selections.  They are Veronica Fritz, Mikaela Stofferahn, Sydney Stofferahn, Elly Petrik, Micah Gleason, Josh Benda, James Lueders, and Ted DeLange.  Dell Rapids St Mary High School had four selections.  They are Zach Geraets, Jacob Eining, Courtney Geraets, and Cassy Geraets.

The 2015 South Dakota All-State Choir and Orchestra Concert will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City at 8:00 p.m. ct / 7:00 p.m. mt.

This year’s choir selections are “Gloria” from Mass in D  —  Antonin Dvorak, “I Will Lift Mine Eyes  —  Jake Runestad, “Baba Yetu”  —  Christopher Tin, “Come Mighty Father” –  Handel, Arr. Robert Hines, “Dance On My Heart”  —  Allen Koepke, “Water Is Wide”  —  Matthew and Shelly Armstrong, and “He’ll Make A Way”  — Byron Smith.  The combined choir and orchestra selections are “Star-Spangled Banner”  —  Francis Scott Key/John Stafford/arr. Dale Grotenhuis, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”  —  Arr. Wilhousky, and “Elijah: And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth” — Mendelssohn.

The guest conductor for this year’s performance is Dr. Peter Eklund from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, NE.

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All-State Chorus and Orchestra

sdhsaaLogoOver 1,000 of South Dakota’s best high school vocal and instrumental musicians will gather in Sioux Falls for the 62nd  Annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra on Friday and Saturday, October 31 – November 1.  The All-State activities will culminate with a Grand Concert at the Sioux Falls Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday evening, November 1.  Concert tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-866-625-4586, or at the box office in the Sioux Falls Arena.  The doors of the Arena will open for the Concert at 5:30 on Saturday evening.

The annual All-State Chorus & Orchestra, sponsored by South Dakota High School Activities Association, is the largest interscholastic high school music activity held in South Dakota. The 2014 All-State Chorus includes 956 singers representing 151 South Dakota high schools.  The All-State Orchestra is comprised of 161 musicians from 25 schools.

Eight students from Dell Rapids and four students from Dell Rapids St Mary will be performing during the Grand Concert.  Dell Rapids students participating are seniors Melanie Wilke and Luke Snoozy, juniors Josh Benda, Nick Holmes, Mikaela Stofferahn, and Ted DeLange, and sophomores Veronica Fritz and Elly Petrik.  The Dell Rapids St Mary students participating are seniors Matt Farmer and Julia Rush, junior Faith Jorgensen, and sophomore Zachary Geraets.  With his selection this year, Farmer has been selected to participate in the All-State Chorus all four years of high school.

The guest conductors for the 2014 All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert are Dr. Andre Thomas from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL and Jane Linde Capistran from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.  Dr. Thomas will conduct the All-State Chorus while Ms. Capistran will lead the 2014 All-State Orchestra.

During the All-State Grand Concert, the South Dakota Music Educators Association will recognize several high schools and individuals for their contributions to music in South Dakota.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will present its “SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award” to Dr. Rick Rognstad, Vermillion, and Faye Stryzewski, Chamberlain.

Reserved seats are $16.  General admission is $11 for adults and $7 for students.  South Dakota Public Broadcasting will be airing the Grand Concert live on SDPB1-TV at 7:00 p.m. (CDT).

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2013 South Dakota All-State Chorus & Orchestra Scheduled for Sioux Falls

sdhsaaLogoOver 1,000 of South Dakota’s best high school vocal and instrumental musicians will gather in Sioux Falls for the 61st Annual South Dakota All-State Chorus and Orchestra on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2.  The All-State activities will culminate with a Grand Concert at the Sioux Falls Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday evening, November 2.  Concert tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-866-625-4586, or at the box office in the Sioux Falls Arena.  The doors of the Arena will open for the Concert at 5:30 on Saturday evening.

The annual All-State Chorus & Orchestra, sponsored by South Dakota High School Activities Association, is the largest interscholastic high school music activity held in South Dakota. The 2013 All-State Chorus includes 964 singers representing 154 South Dakota high schools.  The All-State Orchestra is comprised of 161 musicians from 24 schools.

Twelve Dell Rapids students will be participating this year.  Eight students from Dell Rapids High School were selected along with four students from Dell Rapids St Mary.  This year’s representatives from Dell Rapids High School are Jordan Stone, Mikaela Stofferahn, Ben Hinricher, Jackson Gleason, Jade Schull, Bryana Schull, Ted DeLange, and Dylan Damm.  The four students from Dell Rapids St Mary are Kiley Reecy, Angelia Jorgensen, Matt Farmer, and Alex Eulberg.

The guest conductors for the 2013 All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert are Dr. Joe Miller from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey and David Barg from Omaha, NE.  Dr. Miller will conduct the All-State Chorus while Mr. Barg will lead the 2013 All-State Orchestra.

During the All-State Grand Concert, the South Dakota Music Educators Association will recognize several high schools and individuals for their contributions to music in South Dakota.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association will present its “SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award” to Dr. Rick Rognstad, Vermillion, and the National Federation of State High School Associations “Outstanding Music Educator Award” to Dr. Alan LaFave, Aberdeen.

 

Additional information which might assist with other news or feature stories about the All-State Chorus & Orchestra are available at the South Dakota High School Activities Association web site (www.sdhsaa.com).   Once on the SDHSAA home page, please go to “Fine Arts” then “Music” then “All-State Chorus and Orchestra, and the following information can be found at this site:

1.   Guest Conductor Biographical Information about this year’s All-State conductors

2.   Concert Music Program – a listing of the musical selections that will be performed by the Chorus & Orchestra during the All-State Concert, including award recipients, students, schools, and directors.

3.   All-State Chorus & Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule – as the title suggests, this is the schedule that will be followed during the two days of All-State rehearsal and concert performance

4.   All-State Chorus & Orchestra Concert Ticket Information

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Media Contact: James Weaver, SDHSAA Assistant Executive Director (605/224-9261)

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12 Dell Rapids Students Selected for All-State Choir

A total of twelve Dell Rapids students will be participating in the 2013 All-State Chorus on Saturday, November 2nd, at the Sioux Falls Area.  Eight students from Dell Rapids High School were selected along with four students from Dell Rapids St Mary.  This year’s representatives from Dell Rapids High School are Jordan Stone, Mikaela Stofferahn, Ben Hinricher, Jackson Gleason, Jade Schull, Bryana Schull, Ted DeLange, and Dylan Damm.  The four students from Dell Rapids St Mary are Kiley Reecy, Angelia Jorgensen, Matt Farmer, and Alex Eulberg.

Alex Eulberg - Dell Rapids St Mary

Alex Eulberg – Dell Rapids St Mary

Not only will Dell Rapids have twelve singers in this years All-State Choir, three of those singers are four-time participants.  They are Jordan Stone, Jackson Gleason, and Alex Eulberg.

Jordan Stone and Jackson Gleason - Dell Rapids High School

Jordan Stone and Jackson Gleason – Dell Rapids High School

“This is a great honor and a feeling that you can’t describe,” said Stone.  Eulberg said that it was a “pretty big honor” to be selected all four years of high school.  Both Stone and Gleason said that it’s wonderful to share the honor with someone, and it’s great to have Dell Rapids have recognition for the four-year recipients.

Even though the selections have been made, the hard work continues for these students.  Gleason said, “There is a rehearsal day that is held in Brookings.  This allows everyone to get together to go over the songs and learn the foreign language pronunciations because there is only two days to get the concert put together with everyone.”

The students from both Dell Rapids High School and Dell Rapids St Mary will continue to practice many times a week in preparation for the performance on November 2nd.

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