St. John-Hudson music students attended two music prep events in preparation for district auditions.

Vocal music students at St. John-Hudson High School have been warming up a little differently lately. Students have participated in two events that are designed to prepare them for district auditions in Dodge City on Saturday, Nov. 3.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11 students traveled to Kansas Wesleyan in Salina to learn the music for upcoming district tryouts, said music teacher Mac Knight.

At Wesleyan, students were grouped by vocal range into groups of sopranos, altos, tenors and bases. Students got to work with Dr. Ken Hakoda who led the event.

This was a chance for students to work with college professors who not only worked on technique but also what happened at district auditions and the things they needed to pay attention to at the auditions, Knight.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, four music students traveled to Kansas State University for an all-state prep day that gave students another chance to work with college professors and Dr. Julie Yu from K-State. These preparation days help the students understand what they need to do for district auditions.

At district auditions on Nov. 3, students audition individually in a room with several judges. The judges rate each students performance on a variety of criteria. Students then work in sectionals and finally get to participate in a mass choir.

About mid December, students will find out if they have been selected to participate in one of two honor choirs a the state Kansas Music Educators Association convention held in Wichita in February at Century II.

This year, the KMEA convention will feature a second state honor choir. One will feature the traditional soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices. Another choir will be chosen that just features the upper voices of sopranos and altos.

This will give more students an opportunity to make an all state choir, Knight said.

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