Congratulations to the music students in the Oregon School District who took part in the district and state festivals this past winter. Oregon High School and David L. Rahn Jr. High had 25 students who made the all-district band and choir through the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA). Those students represented District 8 at its festival and concert at DeKalb High School in November. Of those students, Oregon High School was represented by three at the ILMEA All-State Festival in Peoria, IL on January 24th – 26th: Lydia Cermak played horn in the All-State Band, Tessa Burger sang in the All-State Choir, and Brigham Finch participated in the Future Music Educator’s Seminar.
OHS senior, Tessa Burger, said of her second year at the all-state festival: “It’s great making music with people you know; but connecting with complete strangers and forming such a strong bond in three days through music is an indescribable feeling. Only an experience like all-state can make that possible.” OHS first-year choir director, Zach Hall, noted “I was very proud of our students for both the level of professionalism that they showed at the festival and for the quality with which they performed. They represented OHS very well.”
Aside from the ILMEA festivals, OHS was also represented by students at the Big Northern Conference music festival and the Augustana College Honor Band festival on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. All of these festivals are annual events for the Oregon music program, making for a very busy winter.
Coming up, the music program has a number of exciting events through the end of the year. Be sure to catch some of these in the next couple months:
Saturday, Feb. 23: DLR Solo/Ensemble Contest at Stillman
Saturday, Mar. 2: OHS Solo/Ensemble Contest at West Carroll
7-10: OHS Spring Musical “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Thursday, Mar. 14 at 7:00pm in BHC: 25th Annual Band Extravaganza*
Friday, Apr. 26 at 6:30pm in OHS Gym: 2nd Annual Band Trivia Night