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Three students from Evanston Township High School were selected to participate in the 2016 Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) All-State Conference to be held in January in Peoria. The conference is the premier event of the ILMEA, which will bring together thousands of people from the music education learning community for clinic sessions, performances and networking events.

ETHS senior Seth Bearman, trumpet, received a second place award in the annual composition contest for his piece entitled Christinañana in the Commercial/Popular category. 

ETHS junior Momoko Hasselbring, French horn, has been selected to perform in the All-State Orchestra, one of the highest honors for a high school musician in Illinois. 

ETHS senior Maggie Bambic was selected to attend a Future Music Educators workshop in conjunction with the All-State event, where she will be given an overview of a typical collegiate music education experience as well as a glimpse into the field of music education.

All three of ETHS’s individual All-State honorees will be joined by the ETHS Jazz Ensemble, under the guidance of ETHS Band Director Mike Lehman, at the ILMEA All-State Conference. The Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform a special concert with several notable guest artists as part of a refereed selection process last year. In preparation for their featured performance at the conference, the ensemble has participated in a number of special events, including performances with the Highland Park Jazz Ensemble and at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, opening for The Mark Colby Quartet and the Bob Lark Alumni Big Band.

“This is a great year for ETHS Music, and we are exceedingly proud of our students for their hard work and accomplishments which will be so deservingly recognized on the All-State stage,” stated ETHS Fine Arts Chair Nick Gehl.