(STAFF) Ten students in the Hernando County School District were selected to perform with the Florida All-State Ensembles in choir and band.
Chorus teacher and director at Powell Middle School Dave Pletincks explained the rigorous statewide audition process. At the band level they go to a location where they record auditions. There is a sight reading audition and scales audition. Each student audition is loaded online and judges go through them to determine the best ones.
Some ensembles and honor bands are selected through recommendations.
At the choral level, students have to take a 50 question music theory test, a sight reading exam and vocal auditions.
Amy Parks Fox Chapel Band Director introduced Kitana Hinton. Hinton who plays many instruments was chosen for the Middle School All-State Honor Band for Flute.
From Hernando High School, Band Director Joe Harrin introduced Colton Shallcross chosen for High School All State Honor Band and Principal (or the number 1) trombone player in the state.
Weeki Wachee High School Chorus Director Clara Pierson introduced Kelsey Morrill who made the All State High School Reading Choir who scored 40 out of 40 and is 1 of 18 in the state to have achieved a perfect score.
From Springstead High School, Sammy Deangelis made the All-State High School Symphonic Band. Emma Carter made the All-State High School Women’s Choir. For his seventh year, Jonnie Pletincks made an All-State choir, this year earning a spot on the All- State High School Concert Choir.
From Powell Middle School, Skye Lopez made the All-State Middle School Treble Choir.
Haley Cowart, a 4th grade student at Eastside Elementary earned a spot on the All-State Elementary Choir. This is the first time in 8 years the district has had a student make the All- State Elementary School Choir.
Photo: 10 Hernando County students chosen for All-State Choir/Band Ensembles with their choir/ band directors. Photo provided by the Hernando County School District