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Middle School Students Named to Junior All-State Band/Choir

Four Snoqualmie Valley middle school students auditioned and were accepted to the 2019 Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) Junior All-State Band and Choir.


Congratulations to our 2019 Junior All-State Band students:  Simon Boysen (French Horn, 7th grade, TFMS) and Urielle Lockwood (Trombone, 8th grade, TFMS); and, to our Jr. All-State Choir students:  Keith Bateman (Baritone Vocalist, 8th grade, CKMS) and Emily Hamilton (Soprano Voice, 7th grade, TFMS).  They were selected out of more than 1,600 middle school musicians who auditioned across Washington State to participate in one of the 2019 WMEA Junior All-State performing groups.


CKMS Jr. All-State Choir candidate

From Chief Kanim Middle School, 8th grader Keith Bateman made the Jr. All-state Choir.


TFMS Junior All-state Band and Choir students  

Students accepted to the the Junior All-state Band and Choir from Twin Falls Middle School include: 

Urielle Lockwood (8th), Emily Hamilton (7th) and Simon Boysen (7th).


The WMEA Junior All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra met in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon, on February 16, at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Northwest Division Conference. The students rehearsed and performed in concert under the direction of world class conductors and educators.


TFMS Band Director Dan Taylor said, “I am extremely proud of Urielle and Simon for earning this amazing honor and opportunity. I know they will be excellent representatives of Twin Falls, North Bend, and our music programs in the SVSD. I can’t say enough nice things about these two young musicians.”


“This is one of the highest honors that middle school musicians can receive, and the experience of participating in any All-State group is unforgettable. We are so proud of the students who have been selected for this year’s Junior All-State groups!” added Daniel McCafferty, TFMS choir director.


According to WMEA event sponsors, many professional musicians credit their All-State experience as life-changing and crucial in their decision to choose music as a career. Additionally, honorees whose career paths took them in other directions have great memories of participating in this inspiring and motivating musical event.