Several USD 418 students were selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association conference in Wichita this weekend.
The McPherson High School Select Women's Choir was chosen to perform at the State KMEA Convention on Thursday, Feb. 21.
“This is the very first time a choir from McPherson High School has been selected to perform at the State KMEA Convention,” said Nicholas Griggs, USD 418 choir director.
The McPherson Middle School Honors Choir was also selected for the first time to perform at the All-State KMEA Convention on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Also from the middle school, the Jazz Band was selected to perform at the All-State KMEA Convention on Saturday, Feb. 23 - another first for the middle school.
Individuals performing at KMEA:
KMEA All-State Band Members from MHS
Katie Hemenway, 12th grade, a 3-year All-Stater
Sydney Myers, 11th grade, a 2-year All-Stater
Mary Ann Wurm, 12th grade, a 3-year All-Stater
Megan Eisenbarth, 12th grade, a 3-year All-Stater
Matt Powers, 10th grade
KMEA All-State Orchestra Members from MHS
Ben Hopkins, 12th grade, a 3-year All-Stater
KMEA All-State Choir Members from MHS
Kari Ellet, 12th grade, a 3-year All-Stater, the high school’s first for choir
Addie Fitzmorris, 12th grade
Josie Strathman, 11th grade, a 2-year All-Stater
Kaliah Tice, 11th grade
Paige Unruh, 12th grade
KMEA Mid-Level All-State Choir
Pierce Hamma, 9th grade, a 3-year mid-level All-Stater, a first for McPherson High School choir
KCDA Treble All-State Honor Choir
Kelcy Bergstrom, 8th grade
Mallory Holmes, 8th grade
Tyla Lang, 8th grade
Lauren Newcom, 7th grade
Joslynn Riley, 8th grade
Keanna Sullivan, 7th grade
Alexa Allen, 9th grade
Ava Brunsell, 9th grade
Merris Neighbors, 9th grade
Emma Paramore, 9th grade
Analicia Rocha, 9th grade
Avery Strathman, 9th grade
Kierstan Trost, 9th grade
Madison Spiers, 9th grade
McPherson College honor band
At the collegiate level, four McPherson College students were selected to perform with the Kansas Intercollegiate Honor Band at the Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention on February 22, 2019 in Wichita. Musicians were selected through blind auditions adjudicated by a panel of college music teachers.
“I am especially proud of the students who were selected,” Kyle Hopkins, director of bands at McPherson College, said. “They are not music majors, yet all are committed to making music a life-long passion.”
The McPherson College students include:
Graham Eidemiller, Prairie Village, automotive restoration
Lillian Oeding, Wichita, art: graphic design, photography
Eilish Samuelson, Hutchinson, elementary education
Myriah Webster, Lindsborg, business administration: accounting/management