Thirteen Lincoln Academy singers and instrumentalists qualified for the Maine All-State Music Festival, which takes place in May 2017 at the University of Maine at Orono.
Students auditioned in October in a competitive pool of musicians from all over the state. Students are allowed to take two separate auditions: one voice and one instrumental or two different instruments.
The singers who qualified from Lincoln Academy are: seniors Thalia Eddyblouin, Caleb Eugley, Gabe Ferrero, and Noelle Timberlake; juniors Sammi Aho, Miles Jackson, and Phoebe Pugh; and sophomores Jonah Daiute, Ethan Jones, and Kayleigh Tolley.
The instrumentalists who qualified are junior Helen Newell on violin and clarinet and sophomores Sam Russ on tuba, and Chris Burrow on clarinet.
Choir students will participate in the Mixed Choir at the State Festival, under the direction of Dr. Robert Russell, singing a repertoire of sacred and secular music. “It’s exciting to work with Dr. Russell again, especially in a completely different group of people,” said senior Cable Eugley. “Lincolnaires had a workshop with him last year.
Senior Thalia Eddyblouin also remembers Dr. Russell. “”Don’t be beige’ is my favorite Dr. Bob quote,” she recalls.
Lincoln Academy Choir Director Beth Preston is a veteran voice teacher, and no stranger to having her students qualify for All States. “Most of the students begin their preparation over the summer, either in lessons or on their own. I’d like to give a particular shout out to junior Miles Jackson, who worked incredibly hard to overcome some challenges. He exemplifies the adage that ‘practice makes perfect.’”
The All-State Band will be conducted by Andrew Boysen Jr, professor of music at the University of New Hampshire and a well-known and respected composer. Dr. Boysen is has guest conducted many groups throughout Maine.
The All-State Orchestra will be conducted by Dr. Carolyn Watson of Texas State University. “Dr. Watson has a long and thorough list of accolades for her conducting and we are very fortunate to have her here to conduct the Maine All-State Orchestra,” said Liz Matta, who conducts the Lincoln Academy Bands and Jazz Bands.
Qualifying musicians, both singers and instrumentalists, will learn their music throughout the winter and spend the weekend of May 18-20 rehearsing and performing with the best student musicians in Maine.
The 2017 All-State Music Festival is the Centennial Anniversary of the Maine Music Education Association. Musical works have been commissioned for each ensemble in recognition of this event and the concerts will feature the world-premier of each piece.