The conference is a prestigious opportunity for music students throughout the state to come together and perform. The conference culminates with a public performance typically on the last day of the conference in January 2018, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene in
Sophomore, Emma Zallee has been accepted as a vocalist in the 2018 All-State High School Honor Ensembles. Emma and other students selected throughout Oregon will perform with a national renowned conductor. After her “mind blowing” experience last year at the All-State High School Girls Choir, Emma is very excited for this upcoming year’s conductor. Music plays a very central role in Emma’s life. She shares, “I am spiritually fed . . . because I feel carried by both the music and by the inspiration of the Spirit filling the room [during a worship service].” She finds that, “God evokes strong emotions on every part of the spectrum and pulls at my conscience and mind . . .just like music does . . . . ”
Blake Mazurowski, a sophomore, qualified to perform in the All-State Wind Ensemble, playing the oboe. He has played for the last seven years and also qualified last year for the Wind Ensemble. He’s looking forward to his second year of honing his skills and performing again.
Caleb Orella, also a sophomore, qualified to perform in the All-State Symphonic Band on the snare and tympani. Caleb has been playing percussion for about five years. He shares, “I see music as an amazing thing created by God.” He likes to quote Robin Williams, “You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe . . . .” Caleb states, “I’m most looking forward to challenging my musical ability and being surrounded by people who enjoy music as much as I do.”
Eighth grader Kirk Mazurowski qualified to perform the euphonium in the All-State Middle School Band. With at least four years playing and performing, Kirk credits his mom for his love of music.