Downers Grove Grade School District 58 congratulates the 46 fifth and sixth graders selected to participate in the recent Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA)’s All-State Elementary Chorus in Peoria. Only 300 students statewide were selected for this honor.
“Every District 58 elementary school was represented at this year’s ILMEA All-State Elementary Chorus,” said Pierce Downer Principal Justin Sisul, who also serves on the ILMEA Board of Directors. “These students had an opportunity to rehearse and perform under nationally renowned conductors and they took full advantage of the experience with their focused, attentive work and expressive, committed performance! We are incredibly proud of these students who represented our district’s commitment to excellence at the state level!”
District 58 students were selected by their participation in the Downers Grove Children’s Choir and with a music teacher recommendation.
When they arrived in Peoria, students joined a combined group of 300 young singers for a three-hour rehearsal, followed by a stunning public performance. The singers split into a boys’ chorus and a girls’ chorus, and each performed a program of inspiring music. Both choirs combined to perform a melodic rendition of “Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive,” as arranged by Joy Hiokawa.
District 58 music teachers directed extra choir practices for the ILMEA students during the weeks leading up to the performance. The students and music teachers alike worked hard, practicing during lunch and other non-class times.
Congratulations to this year’s District 58 ILMEA All-State Elementary Chorus participants:
For more information regarding District 58’s participation in the ILMEA All-State Elementary Chorus, please contact Megan Hewitt, District 58 community relations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-719-5805.