Lincoln Academy once again had a very strong showing this year at the Maine Music Educator’s All State Festival held at the University of Maine in Orono on May 19-20. Representing the Academy in the mixed choir were Samantha Aho, Jonah Dauite, Thalia Eddyblouin, Caleb Eugley, Gabe Ferrero, Mile Jackson, Ethan Jones, Noelle Timberlake, and Kayleigh Tolley. Playing in the band were Chris Burrow and Sam Russ, and in the orchestra Helen Newell.
Auditions for the event were held last November at three different sites across the state of Maine with hundreds of students auditioning at each site. The students prepared classical solo pieces and scales to perform and then were required to sight read music they had never seen before. After the students’ acceptance into the groups, they received music chosen by nationally known guest conductors to prepare for the event. The chorus was directed by Dr. Robert Russell, professor emeritus from University of Southern Maine, the orchestra by Dr. Carolyn Watson of Texas State University, and the band by Andy Boysen of University of New Hampshire. All of the groups performed challenging programs to packed houses at the Collins Center for the Arts Auditorium.
“District and All State audition preparation is part of our department curriculum,” said Liz Matta, band director and department chair. “All our students learn the music within the normal band and choir rehearsal times. We are very proud of the fact that the majority of them choose to audition for Districts and make it.”
Choral director Beth Preston explained, “The All State audition is more rigorous than the District audition. By committing to this process, our more advanced students learn to present themselves in a pressure situation that prepares them well for college auditions.They also get a chance to work with the best singers and instrumentalists in the state.”