5 from CHS orchestra selected All-State
Five Coronado High School students earned All-State Orchestra honors this year.
They include two repeaters from 2009 - senior Brittany Ware (violin) and junior Aleksa Kuzma (viola). First-time choices are junior Eliza Foster (violin), sophomore Jasmine Kemble (viola) and sophomore Nathaniel Lohmann (bassoon).
Kemble, Kuzma and Lohmann are slated to play in the All-State Symphony Orchestra, while Foster and Ware are in the All-State Philharmonic. Ware is also an alternate to the All-State Symphony.
All the Coronado students are in the Coronado orchestra, although Lohmann's instrument there is the cello. The bassoon is not typically used by a high school orchestra, but with the larger size of the All-State contingents (about 60 in each), the instrument was added to that group, explained CHS orchestra director Richard Kusk.
Both groups will perform at Colorado State University in Fort Collins Feb. 13 (Philarmonic at 4 p.m. and Symphony at 6).
In interviews, all five Coronado selectees expressed interest in staying focused on music after high school. Ware, the only senior, is putting together plans that could lead to a double major in music and art. She hopes to get into teaching or performing.
“I definitely want to continue on,” said Foster, who has been playing for 10 years.
She, along with Kemble, Kuzma and Lohmann are members of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association (CSYSA).
Kuzma is looking to major in musical performance.
Kemble is considering a double major of music and engineering (another interest of hers).
Lohmann, isn't sure yet, but “I think I'd like to do something with music.”
The CU Music Department organizes the annual All-State program, in which judges determine the student selectees from tapes of assigned musical pieces that they've sent in.
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