WORTHINGTON — Five student musicians from Worthington High School will participate next weekend in select state-level music ensembles.
Seniors Kalea Appel, Sarah DeSmith and Ethan Hyvari, along with sophomores Emmalee Bosma and Law Htoo, are slated to perform in Minneapolis as part of the annual Minnesota Music Educators Association’s Midwinter Clinic.
“We are proud to have Worthington High School represented once again,” said WHS choral director Kerry Johnson.
“The chance for involvement with these groups, under first-rate directors, is a fantastic experience for the students selected.”
Bosma, an Alto I, and Htoo, a bass, were chosen for the Minnesota 9/10 Honor Choir, which is sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Bosma, the daughter of Rod and Bonnie Bosma, also qualified for the choir as a freshman.
“It was a really good experience to go to a higher level and work on different kinds of music with other directors,” said Bosma, who sings in the soprano section of the WHS Concert Choir.
“I definitely wanted to try to get there again after last year.”
Htoo and Bosma recorded audition tapes in late autumn. As freshmen, the dedicated music students had also prepared vocal solos for last spring’s MSHSL Solo/Ensemble Contest, where each earned a superior rating for their respective entries.
Additionally, Htoo, the son of Poe and Elizabeth Htoo, plays trumpet (“the best instrument,” he joked) in the WHS band.
“I’ve always liked singing,” said Htoo, “but I haven’t always liked my voice. I’m starting to believe in it more.”
Bosma and Htoo will rehearse throughout the day next Thursday and perform at a 5:30 p.m. concert at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis.
Meanwhile, the three senior musicians sing and play at Orchestra Hall next Saturday. Vocalists Appel and DeSmith appear in a 10:30 a.m. concert with the Minnesota All-State Soprano/Alto Choir and Mixed Choir, respectively, while violist Hyvari plays with the Minnesota All-State Orchestra at 2 p.m.
“This is the second consecutive year Worthington has sent a student to All-State Orchestra — senior string bass player Davis Moore qualified last year — and as a director, I have really been looking forward to this final concert,” said WHS orchestra director Melanie Loy, who played violin as a high-schooler in the North Dakota All-State Orchestra under the baton of Dr. William LaRue Jones, the same director leading Hyvari in the 2020 Minnesota All-State Orchestra.
“I’m so excited for those kids,” Loy added.
Hyvari, Appel and DeSmith participated in week-long All-State music camps in early August, so next weekend marks a reunion with their musical peers and serves as a capstone to their All-State experiences.
“It will be a fantastic time for all of them,” agreed Johnson.
Added Bosma, “This shows what a good music program we have in Worthington, and I appreciate the support of our directors.”