The All-State Music Festival will include six Hononegah student musicians


While Olivia Coleman greets photographer Indigo Sterud, Audrey Pigott focuses on the mic. Pigott and Coleman were emcees at Hononegah's Got Talent in September 2021 and will be singing in the ILMEA All-State Music Festival in Peoria this January.

Six Hononegah student musicians have been chosen to perform at the ILMEA All-State Music Festival in Peoria January 26-29, 2022, part of the state's most elite high school musicians. Their journey included three weeks of music festivals, performances, and many hours of preparation.

Addison Laumer will play clarinet with the All-State Band, conducted by Anthony Marinello, Illinois State University.

Audrey Pigott and Olivia Coleman will sing with the All-State Chorus. Conductor Ollie Watts Davis, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, will lead the group in Gyorgy Orban's Daemon Irrepit Callidus, Mari Esabel Valverde's When Thunder Comes, Robert T. Gibson's Amazing Grace, Stacey V. Gibbs's arrangement of Somebody Talkin' 'Bout Jesus, Rosephanye Dunn Powell's To Sit and Dream, Mark Miller's Love has Broken Down the Wall, and a combined finale: America the Beautiful.

Both these students were featured in Hononegah's Got Talent. Along with Casey Bohn, they served as emcees for the show. Coleman and friends also presented an acapella "animatronic" comedy/vocal/air guitar/beat boxing/dance performance which they called "Five Nights of Hono."

Trumpeter Noah Brockway, pianist Wolfgang Vergara, and trombonist Nikolai Yun will play in the All-State Jazz Band, under director Roxanne Stevenson, Chicago State University

    In September, Wolfgang Vergara was also part of Hononegah's Got Talent. He was declared the winner after performing a solo piano version of the most challenging progressive rock song of the Seventies: Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (1975). 

    Hononegah Principal Chad Dougherty says, "All six students will be performing with the most elite high school musicians from all over the state while in Peoria. Congratulations to each one of them for their continued hard work and dedication to the performing arts."

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