All-State auditioners

Lincoln Academy musicians who auditioned for the All-State Music Festival.

On Saturday, December 2, 28 student musicians traveled from Lincoln Academy to Skowhegan to audition for the Maine All-State Music Festival, which takes place in May of 2018. The musicians include both instrumentalists and vocalists, and each auditioner had to memorize a difficult piece of music to participate in the audition. “Preparing for All-State auditions as a singer requires learning a song in Italian and a five-part madrigal along with difficult sight-singing,” said Lincoln Academy Choir Director Beth Preston. “Students who auditioned have been practicing these pieces since last summer.” Instrumentalists have an equally challenging audition piece that also includes scales and sight-singing. Students will find out whether they qualified for the All-State Music Festival later this month.

Auditioning were: Back row from left: Lauren Pusey-Nazzaro (percussion), Boyang Fan (voice), Ethan Jones (voice), Chris Burrow (clarinet), John-Henry Eddyblouin (voice), Josie Matthieu (voice), May Halm (voice), Sam Laemmle (voice), Phoebe Pugh (voice), Sammi Aho (voice), Amelia Rosko (voice), Katie Colomb (saxophone), Miles Jackson (voice), Ian Stapp (voice), Quinn Strauss (cello), Caleb Wight (voice), Riley Stevenson (percussion), Stuart McNaughton (saxophone). Front row from left: Kayleigh Tolley (voice), Rachael Schuster (voice), Kendra Bellefleur (voice), Jojo Martin (voice), Jonah Daiute (voice), Lucas Steinberger (bass), Aiden McCullen (percussion), Jarrett Gulden (saxophone), and Sam Russ (tuba). Not pictured: Helen Newell (voice, clarinet, and violin)