19 OPS students earn 2022 KMEA All-State Honors

January 15, 2022 | 12:06 am

Updated January 14, 2022 | 9:07 pm

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Owensboro Public Schools had 19 student musicians selected for the 2022 Kentucky Music Educators Association All-State Ensembles, an achievement Coordinator of Fine Arts Tom Stites called the “pinnacle of success” for high school musicians. 

“These students learn, train and practice for 5 to 6 years to make an inanimate object create melodies in band and orchestra,” Stites said. “Our vocalists train to sing with beautiful tone and perfect intonation with an instrument that is capable of infinite nuances. This achievement is the result of the work ethic of our students and the support of our exemplary teachers.”

Stites said the OHS musicians had after school rehearsals each week, daily online classes, and individualized efforts that kept students musically engaged all year. 

“The end result: an incredible number of students in All State ensembles and a rapid recovery for our performing ensembles,” Stites said.

In February, KMEA will hold honors ensembles in conjunction with its annual conference in Louisville.

The following students were named to KMEA All-State for their respective disciplines:

OHS Band

  • Scarlet Head – 6th Chair Concert Band
  • Colt Howard – 2nd Chair Concert Band
  • Erika Kand – 1st Chair Concert Band
  • Dylan Kirk – 2nd Chair Concert Band
  • Josh White – Alternate #2 Concert Band
  • Jaxon Clark – Jazz Band II – Drumset

OHS Orchestra

  • Brianna Alley, bass, Symphony Orchestra
  • Morgan Booher, cello, Symphony Orchestra
  • Sut Hting Pauhkum, violin, Commonwealth Orchestra
  • Ava Wiggins, cello, Symphony Orchestra

OHS Freshman Choir

  • Owen Moore
  • Dylan McCollam

OHS Choir

  • Claire Roush
  • Morgan Booher
  • Sut Hting Pauhkum
  • Dominik Perez
  • Will Jones

Middle School Choir

  • Lucy Chaney – OMS
  • Gabe Piper – OIA Middle

January 15, 2022 | 12:06 am

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