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Lemont qualifies a school-record five participants for ILMEA All-State event


A school-record five Lemont High School students have earned 2018 ILMEA All-State honors, including (clockwise, from top left): seniors Emma Bozue, Kara Kirkus, Julie Stanwyck, Aaron Swenson and Matthew Swick.

Lemont High School seniors Emma Bozue (Violin), Kara Kirkus (Clarinet), Julie Stanwyck (Violin), Aaron Swenson (Piano) and Matthew Swick (Contrabass Clarinet) will participate in the upcoming Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC), which will be held from January 25-27 at the Peoria Civic Center. The five all-state honorees is a single-year record for the school’s music program.

Hosted by the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA), the IMEC attracts the top performers from across the state, and includes guest conductors, seminars and a number of concert performances.

Kirkus, Swenson and Swick will participate as members of one of the All-State Bands, while Bozue and Stanwyck will be part of an All-State Orchestra. At the conference, each will audition against the state’s other top musicians in their respective instruments. Those auditions will determine both into which ensemble each places, as well as which chair each will hold within that ensemble.

The students will rehearse for parts of three days with their respective groups before capping their experience by taking part in concerts on the conference’s final day. The ILMEA All-State Concert begins at 1 p.m. on January 27, while the Honors Concert follows at 3 p.m. A $5 ticket, which can be purchased in advance or at the door, gains entry into both performances.

The honorees each earned All-State recognition by virtue of their performances at the ILMEA All-District Festival, which was held at Elmhurst College on November 18. Junior Elizabeth Piercy also participated in the All-District Chorus competition.

Senior Charles Balisalisa (Tenor Saxophone) and junior Joseph Gumina (Alto Saxophone) each took part in the ILMEA All-District Jazz Festival at T.F. South High School on November 11.

These students all advanced to the ILMEA All-District Festival after ILMEA district auditions at Sandburg High School earlier in the fall.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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