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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Skyline senior qualifies again for state honor choir

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  • A Skyline senior was selected for the State Honor Choir for the Kansas Music Education Association.
    Madison Moore began her formal voice instruction in the sixth grade. Her love for singing helped to lead her to the state event that was held in February.
    "I was very honored when I found out I had made it to State Honor Choir again," senior Madison Moore said. "Not very many people make it to State Honor Choir all three years."
    KMEA, an organization for all music educators in Kansas, has an honor choir at the district level in Dodge City every fall. Six Skyline students were selected through a live audition in November. The highest scores from each of the districts traveled to Wichita in February to be a part of the state choir. Moore's scores went up against scores from students in 1A through 6A schools.
    Choir teacher Beth Novotny said Moore made State three years of her high school career, the most a student is allowed to be in this elite group. It was a high honor for her. A tiny percentage make it to State and an even tinier percentage make it all three years.
    The state choir rehearsed many hours each day for three days and then presented a concert the third Saturday in February. This year presented special challenges, as that was the blizzard week. Novotny and Moore were both relieved to make it to Wichita safe and sound that week.
    "I've always enjoyed having Mrs. Novotny as my choir teacher," Moore said. "She is great at what she does. I really appreciated that she cared enough to drive to KMEA a day early because of the snow."
    Novotny said the 250 voice choir worked very hard and the concert was exceptional.
    "It is a wonderful, well-deserved honor for Madison and for our school and I was very happy," Novotny said.
    Moore plans on attending Kansas State University next fall and was accepted into the school of Music, Theatre and Dance. She will pursue a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance.
    Taylor Amerine is a senior at Skyline School.
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