Kjellin picked for KMEA All-State Choir

Adam Kjellin, MHS junior

Adam Kjellin, a junior at Marion High School, is among 256 students selected from a field of more than 2,000 to perform later this month in the Kansas Music Educators Association All-State Choir.

?All-State is the highest honor a Kansas music student can receive,? said Julia Miller, vocal music instructor at Marion.

The competitive process to be selected began with South Central KMEA auditions at Andover Central High School in November.

Kjellin, along with 800 other students in the region, were asked to perform selected music for a panel of judges, who then ranked each voice part based on the student?s performance.

From this ranking, 160 musicians advanced to sing in a district-wide choral workshop. Five students from Marion High School?Nathan Baldwin, Shyla Harris, Molly Hess, Quinton Hett and Kjellin?were selected to perform with 160 of the best singers in south central Kansas Dec. 6.

?However, only the highest-ranking 15 musicians of each voice-part judged at the KMEA area competitions, which included over 2,000 (auditioning students), qualify to perform in the KMEA All-State Choir,? Miller said.

Not only was Kjellin the only Marion vocalist to be selected, he was one of only three students in the 10-school Heart of America league to receive the high honor, making him one of the best 64 tenors in the state of Kansas, according to Miller.

As a member of the state choir, Kjellin will participate in three days of rehearsals led by nationally recognized conductor Brad Holmes, director of choir programs at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., during the KMEA state convention Feb. 26-28 at Century II in Wichita.

The concert will be at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 28 in the concert hall. Tickets are $7 and will be handled through WichitaTIX.

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