7 Coronado musicans earn All-State Orchestra honors

       Seven Coronado High School musicians have auditioned their way onto this school year's All-State Orchestra. “It's great news,” said orchestra director Mindi Loewen, who has been at CHS since 2005. “This is the most I have ever had make it in one year.”

Coronado High School All-State Orchestra selections are (from left) Brittany Ware, Kyle Yeh, Daniel Burnett, Josh Brewer, Ernie Glock, Garrett Seeman and Aleksa Kuzma.
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       The honorees are led by two All-State repeaters: senior Josh Brewer (violin, third time), and junior Daniel Burnett (bass, second time). A family tradition continues with the selection of sophomore Aleksa Kuzma on viola. Her older sister Veselka, who graduated in 2006, was All-State cello three times.
       Others this year are senior Kyle Yeh (French horn), Brittany Ware (violin), sophomore Ernie Glock (bass) and junior Garrett Seeman (viola).
       Loewen pointed out that in all the other District 11 schools combined, only three made All-State. “I'm pretty proud of these kids,” she said. “They've worked hard.”
       In all, statewide, about 190 students were chosen.
       The Coronado selectees each said they put in extra hours practicing their instruments, led by Brewer's average of 21 hours a week. He'd like to have a career in music, he said, with the specific goal to “start an orchestra that travels around the world and plays for disadvantaged people.”
       All-State performances (Feb. 14 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins) will consist of a symphony concert conducted by Apo Ching-Hsin Hsu, orchestra director at the National Taiwan Normal University; and a philharmonic concert conducted by Robert Gillespie, string teacher at Ohio State University.
       The Colorado University Music Department organizes the annual All-State program, in which high school instrumentalists send in recordings they've made of assigned musical pieces. The orchestra audition consists of three judges listening to the recordings to decide how well each student played, Loewen said.

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