Forty-one Niles Township High School District 219 musicians have been invited to perform at upcoming Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) District 7 Festivals this month. This is the largest contingent from D219 to ILMEA in many years. Students from the orchestra, choir and band underwent stringent auditions to qualify for the festivals. Their performances will determine whether these musicians receive an invitation to the All-State Festival in Peoria, IL during the 2016 Illinois Music Educators Conference on January 27 through 30, the most prestigious high school music festival in the state of Illinois, and the highest single honor a high school musician can achieve.
The following students will perform at the ILMEA District VII Concert Festival on November 7 at Glenbrook South High School:
Band: Oscar Benbow, alto sax; Lucy Chavez, oboe; Filip Czarkowski, trumpet; Juliana Tichota, percussion.
Orchestra: David Caplan, cello; Robert Sanders, violin; and Daniel Aisenberg, clarinet.
Choir: Jacob Austria, bass; Justin de la Cruz, tenor; Gabriella Dizon, alto; J.P. Dizon, bass; Hannah Eisman, soprano; Al Estacion, tenor; Goodwin Francis, tenor; Anna Hill, alto; Flonja Hoxha, alto; Thomas Montgomery, bass; Russell Reyes, tenor; Geoffrey Schmelzer, tenor; Sophie Steger, alto; and Joy Yelenosky, soprano.
The following students have been selected for the ILMEA Jazz Festival held at Niles West High School on November 21:
Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Jacob Austria, bass; Justin de la Cruz, tenor; J.P. Dizon, bass; Anna Hill, alto; Russell Reyes, tenor; Geoff Schmelzer, tenor; and Emma Steger, alto.