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27 student musicians selected to participate in ILMEA Honors Festival

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628


For Immediate Release:

Oct. 18, 2016


27 student musicians selected to participate in ILMEA Honors Festival

Will perform Nov. 5 at Festival Finale Concert


More than two dozen band and choir students from Homer Junior High School have been selected to participate in the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) Elementary and Junior High Division’s District I Music Festival in November.


The students, who had to audition for the honor, will join more than 500 student musicians from over 60 schools in the southwestern metropolitan Chicago area for a joint concert Nov. 5 in New Lenox.


“We are extremely proud of all the kids who auditioned, regardless of the outcome,” said Jason Skube, co-director of bands at Homer Junior High School.


“It takes a lot of courage to prepare for this audition as the music is of a high school caliber and must be played by each individual for a professional music educator who is evaluating everything they hear,” he added.


Students spent the month of September rehearsing for the rigorous audition process, said Homer Junior High School Choral Director Diane Pullara, who helped choir students prepare their audition pieces.


On Oct. 1, they performed (one by one) for a group of judges and waited to hear if they would be among the 150 choir and 150 band students selected to participate in the Music Festival.


A few days later, they learned 16 Homer Junior High choir students and 11 Homer Junior High band students had been selected to join the elite group of musicians.


They will come together for a public Festival Finale concert on Nov. 5 at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox. The concert starts at 3 p.m.


Admission is $5.


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Source: Will County News