The students auditioned last fall for ILMEA All-State during district-level performances. The students will perform with the best high school musicians in the state and work with world-renowned conductors. The Festival will close with a concert at the Peoria Civic Center arena on Saturday, January 27th.
Of the students that participated in the District 5 Music Festival, four RCHS student-musicians were selected to participate in the 2018 Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) All-State Conference on Jan. 24th-27th in Peoria, IL. Three of these students, Shey Long (contrabass clarinet, band), Ethan Steber (clarinet, band), & Caleb Thomas (alto saxophone, band), will rehearse and perform with one of the two state concert bands.
The fourth student, Delaney Shryock (junior) has been selected to participate in the Future Music Educators Seminar (FMES), a program designed to encourage and develop potential future music educators into the profession.
Shey, Caleb, & Delaney join the ranks of 2017 ILMEA All-State participants Victoria Kittle (violin, All-State Orchestra) and Ethan Steber (clarinet, All-State Band) as students that represented Richland County High School at the state level.