Each year, the Villa Grove Music Department students participate in auditions for the District 5 Honors Ensembles. The auditions are held at Effingham Schools in October, and the students with the top scores across the district are then chosen for the Honors choirs, bands, jazz ensembles, and orchestras. The students meet in Charleston at EIU in November for a full day of rehearsals with a guest conductor before performing concerts in the evening. This year, Villa Grove had two junior high students and four high school students chosen to be in the ensembles. The students and their ensembles were as follows:
Delcia Gent and Olivia Richardson- Junior Concert Choir
Daniel Olson, Allison Kneer, Amelia Williams and Caleb Wiessing – Senior Concert Choir
The performances were held on November 23, 2019 in Charleston.
We have a long tradition of musical greatness in Villa Grove, and these students are continuing that tradition! Congratulations to our talented musicians!
Villa Grove Musician Going to All-State
Amelia Williams, sophomore at Villa Grove High School, was selected to be a member of the All-State Choir Illinois Music Educator’s Conference in Peoria coming up in January! She auditioned for the ensemble during her audition for District Honors Ensembles in October. Amelia will perform with a large ensemble of select top musicians from around the state of Illinois, culminating in a concert on Saturday, February 1, in the Peoria Civic Center. Amelia is the daughter of Timothy and Sonya Williams of Villa Grove. The concert is open to the public, at a cost of $5, and will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 1. Come show your support for our talented musician.
Villa Grove Musicians on Display
The Villa Grove Music Department has been busy! In addition to the Honors auditions and festivals, the junior high band was part of a multi-school Fall Band Festival on November 5. The Villa Grove High School choir participated in the LPC Choral Festival at Heritage High School that included students from 15 schools in a mass choir concert with guest director Rebecca Carmack. Please attend the Winter Concerts in December to see even more musical greatness in action.