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Somerset students in all-state vocal groups

Somerset Middle School music students Adam Marty, Maddy Berends and Hannah Rosentreter were selected to participate in the Wisconsin Choral Director's Association All-State Chorus this past weekend.

They prepared their music with their choir director, Rachel Erickson, prior to two days of rehearsals in Eau Claire. The students studied with Christopher Aspaas, assistant professor of choral/vocal music at St. Olaf College. Aspaas received his Ph. D. in choral music education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, his M.M. in choral conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, and his B.M. in voice performance from St. Olaf. Aspaas has served on the faculties of Central Washington University and Mount Holyoke College.

The Middle Level Choir performed seven selections at a concert on Saturday, at Eau Claire Memorial High School.

Somerset High School students Johanna Smith, Jessica Lammers and Dana Carlson were selected to perform in the WCDA High School Women's All-State Choir under the direction of Emily Ellsworth. Ellsworth is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of youth chorus directors. She has served as artistic director of Anima-Young Singers of Greater Chicago (formerly the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus) since 1996. She has been recognized for numerous nationally recognized awards as well as having the honor of serving on the music panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. The Women's chorus performed six selections on Saturday at Eau Claire Memorial High School.

Somerset High School's Gina Hanzlik was also a part of the Dorial Festival last week. She was selected to sing with the chamber choir.

The Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA) is a non-profit professional organization whose membership is composed of choral musicians from schools, colleges, universities, churches, community and professional groups, and the music industry. WCDA is part of the American Choral Directors Association, one of the largest professional organizations for choral directors in the world with a membership of over 18,000 directors representing one million singers.