On February 7, five students from Mount St. Mary Academy traveled to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia to audition alongside hundreds of Arkansas’ best singers for spots in this year’s All-State Choirs. For the third time in four years, Anne Lashbrook ’20 was selected for All-State.
Anne earned 13th chair out of the more than 110 top Alto IIs in Arkansas who auditioned for the 50-member choir this year. She made All-State during her freshman and junior years at Mount St. Mary, as well. Concert Belles Gracie Limmer ’22, Mari Negrete ’22, Cabe Parrish ’21 and Natalie Vailes ’22 also participated in the February 7 All-State auditions.
As part of this year’s All-State Choir, Anne will spend February 20-22 in Hot Springs at the All-State Clinic. She will participate in intense rehearsals alongside the state’s other top vocal performers, directed by some of the country’s most prestigious and acclaimed choir directors. The All-State Clinic will conclude with a public concert on Saturday afternoon showcasing the music the students learn during the week as well as their incredible talent.
“I knew Anne was going to make in into All-State. She works tirelessly outside of class, and her knowledge of music theory is advanced for her age,” said MSM Choral Director Chelsea Allman. “Earning a spot in an All-State choir is a great honor. It means that you are the best of the best, and it is something highly sought after in the choir world.”
The Concert Belles and the Harmony Belles will perform at the regional Choral Performance Assessment in mid-March with the hopes of becoming eligible to participate in the Arkansas Choral Directors Association’s State Festival in April.
Congratulations, Anne, and best of luck to the Concert Belles and Harmony Belles in next month’s Choral Performance Assessment!
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