Mahoy’s triple honor leads CHS All-State musicians
Coronado High senior Nic Mahoy successfully auditioned to the All-State Band as a sophomore. The trombonist made it again as an alternate last year, but the slighly
lesser honor made him wonder if he was slipping somehow, he said in a recent interview.
He didn't mention one small setback (later noted by Coronado band director Alan Combs) - that he was wearing braces as a junior. “He was working as hard as ever,” Combs said. “But once he got them off at the end of last year, he started getting the results he wanted.”
Those results included his selection to the three major All-State musical groups this year - Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra. In both the Orchestra and Jazz Band, he was named first chair. Such selections have not yet been made for All-State Band, but preliminary judging has him in the first section for his instrument (along with fellow CHS senior trombonist Katie Oldberg).
“It feels great,” said Mahoy, who also plays with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and plans to be a music major at the University of North Texas. “It's a lot of fun, even though there is a time commitment.”
Typically, in All-State auditions, fewer than one in three are chosen for the 100-member Orchestra and one in eight for the 110-member Band. Combs was not sure how many audition for Jazz Band, but the group has only 20 members.
Of that number, just one is a drummer, and Senior Britt Ciampa got that call, which Combs praised as a high achievement. Ciampa said he hopes to make jazz drumming a career. He is in a jazz trio and also is part of the Ancient Mariner house band that includes Kim Stone, formerly of Spyrogyra.
The full list of All-State selections shows: Band - Mahoy, Oldberg; Jazz Band - Ciampa and Mahoy; Orchestra - Josh Brewer (violin), Daniel Burnett (bass) , Mahoy, Rachel Wood (viola). Each of the groups plays one concert (none locally).
Oldberg, also an All-State Band repeater, is less sure than Mahoy about a musical career. In fact, she hasn't yet decided on a major at the Northwestern University in Illinois., where she's been accepted. “I have a lot of other interests,” she said, mentioning liberal arts, Spanish and history. In the meantime, she is “excited to be in it [All-State Band] again,” and additionally plays with the local Youth Symphony Association.
Junior violinist Josh Brewer was chosen for the All-State Orchestra for the second straight year. “It's a blast, definitely fun,” he said of the experience. He also plays with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, along with Wood.
The latter, a senior, has not finalized her college plans at this time, but “I love music, though.”
Burnett, a sophomore, also plays with the Colorado Springs Young Concert Artists group. He said he was helped by the music program when he was attending Holmes Middle School, where he played for Mindi Loewen (also the Coronado High orchestra director) and Ken Shane (jazz band director, who is in his final year at Holmes).
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