Twenty-three Niles Township High School District 219 musicians have been selected to the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) District 7 Festival. Students from the orchestra, choir and band underwent virtual auditions to qualify for the festivals. In a typical ILMEA Fall Festival Season, over 10,000 student musicians gather over the Saturdays of November to take part in the ILMEA District Festivals. Bringing students together from different schools to experience an ensemble experience under an exemplary guest conductor, these events are the foundation of ILMEA student programs. With the onset of COVID-19, however, the ILMEA Board of Directors canceled the in-person District Festivals and have designed digital master class events to provide a high-quality musical experience for students who would have been accepted into these festivals. D219 students will participate in the Senior Level District Festival Day on November 21.
ILMEA Fall Festival Masterclass Day Schedule
9:00-9:30am – Motivational Keynote for all student musicians
9:45-10:45am – Masterclass #1
11:00-12:00pm – Masterclass #2
All students will have a combined motivational keynote address and then will break out by voice part and instrument to participate in two different 60-minute master classes on the Zoom platform. To keep the size of each masterclass manageable, the students will be split into two groups in their voice part or instrument. They will attend the first session with one clinician and then change to the other clinician for the second session. All students that are selected for their District Festival will be eligible to participate.
In addition, students will also be receiving a 2020 District Festival t-shirt, and directors will receive a digital certificate to print for each student selected.
Niles North: Dyllan Bowering, Senior Band, Euphonium; Angelie Prem, Senior Band, Alto Sax; Jamie Acido, Senior Chorus, Soprano I, Ovinabo Banerjee, Senior Chorus, Bass I; Psalm De Vera, Senior Chorus, Alto I; Rachel Gately, Senior Chorus, Soprano II, Carolina Williams, Senior Chorus, Soprano I, Zachary Sorkin, Senior Jazz Band II, Jazz Drum Set; Matthew Small, Senior Jazz Band III, Jazz String/Electric Bass; Josh Trimberger, Senior Jazz Band III, Jazz Piano; Stefan Westerberg, Senior Orchestra, Cello; Jamie Acido, Senior Vocal Jazz I, Vocal Jazz Soprano; Roy Gantz, Senior Vocal Jazz I, Vocal Jazz Tenor; Abby Mehr, Senior Vocal Jazz II, Vocal Jazz Soprano; and Carolina Williams, Senior Vocal Jazz II, Vocal Jazz Soprano.
Niles West: Socrates Hwang, Senior Band, Percussion; Nathaniel Bangit, Senior Chorus, Tenor II; Oliver Biel, Senior Chorus, Bass II; Juan Crespo, Senior Chorus, Tenor II; Matthew Phillip, Senior Chorus, Tenor I; Amie Soliva, Senior Chorus, Alto II; Ian Soriano, Senior Chorus, Bass I; Joseph Cinquemani, Senior Jazz Band I, Jazz Trumpet; Socrates Hwang, Senior Jazz Band II, Jazz Vibes; Zachary Allen*, Senior Orchestra, Oboe; Joseph Cinquemani*, Senior Orchestra, Trumpet; Dylan Nguyen, Senior Orchestra, Cello; and Ian Soriano*, Senior Orchestra, French Horn.
*band students placed in District Orchestra through their audition