NATCHITOCHES, LA- The results for the virtual LMEA (Louisiana Music Educators Association) All-State were decided and six students were selected from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA).
Normally the All-State conference takes place over Thanksgiving break and in normal circumstances, would have been held in Baton Rouge last year. Because of Covid, all auditions took place online and were delayed until March of 2021. Although there will not be any formal Ensembles, the following LSMSA musicians auditioned and would have been selected for the following Ensembles.
LMEA All-State Orchestra
Stephen Wheat (Violin I)
Cailyn Lee (Cello)
Jason Garrison (Piano)
LMEA Symphonic Band
Savannah Cecchini (Flute)
LMEA Concert Band
Joy Dong (Clarinet)
The following students auditioned for and attended an online conference for the LMEA District II Cavalier Honor Bands.
Joy Dong (Clarinet)
Jordan Hoffman (French horn)
Savannah Cecchini auditioned for All-State all four years of high school and was able to make it all four years. This year, she made Symphonic band, which is the top band at All-State.
“Participating in All-State has been such an incredible opportunity, and I have learned so much from those experiences,” she shared. “LSMSA has helped me become a better person and musician because the amazing teachers I’ve had here have inspired me to work hard and explore and pursue my many passions. I am so grateful for the professors and staff at LSMSA who were always so encouraging and supportive.”
Jordan Hoffman was very excited to learn she had been chosen for First Chair in the district’s Honor Band.
“Coming to LSMSA from my old district, I was very encouraged to excel in my musicianship, and so I was happy to know that I could continue to pursue the same opportunities,” she said. “The virtual clinic was productive and informative; I cherish the opportunity to have worked with the Horn clinician.”
Placing in these bands makes Joy Dong feel that she’s a musician.
“I’m proud of my accomplishments, and it’s always fun to learn and be able to perform music, concert or audition,” she added.
Students attending LSMSA have opportunities to study and perform in a wide variety of Arts disciplines.