Students from Chapman Middle School and High School auditioned and qualified for the Kansas All-State Honor Choir. They performed at Century II in Wichita in front of an audience of thousands Feb. 24 and 25. Being selected for the All-State Honor Choir is the highest honor a vocal music student can achieve in Kansas.
Middle School students are required to send in a recording of pre-selected music that is then scored on a rubric by anonymous judges. There are many students throughout the state of Kansas who audition for this honor and are not selected. High School students are required to prepare several pieces of pre-selected music and audition live in front of judges who can hear them, but not see them. A small percentage of those who audition qualify all the way to the State level. Chapman Choirs had a huge turn-out at State this year, especially for a 4-A School. Participants in Kansas Choral Directors Association State Honor Choir from the middle school included, from left, first row: Chase O’Connor, Victoria Howard, Charles Strauss; second row: Andrea Bourque and Aiden Werner; third row: Jade Beary and Madison Messerly; fourth row: Adelynn Kirkpatrick, Victoria Morgan, and Destiny Boyer; fifth row: Tava Gustafson, Linda Cuevas, and Cady Marston. Participants in Kansas Music Educators Association Middle Level State Honor Choir included, from left, Donovan Brabender, Declan Martin, and Jaxon Foy. Chapman High School students who participated in the KMEA High School State Treble Honor Choir and KMEA High School State Mixed Choir were, from left, first row: Alaina Smith, Gretchen Hill, and Summer Diaz (medal denotes third-year participation at State); second row: Trevor Mead, Steven (Tate) Milton, and Ethan Hamilton; not pictured, Taya Rowley.