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RWHS students participate in All-State choirs

Left to Right: Tayler Butenschoen, David Scherer, Casey Larson Photos courtesy of Scott Perau 1 / 2
Left to Right: Thomas Lidahl, Scott Perau Photos courtesy of Scott Perau 2 / 2

Four students from the Red Wing High School choral department recently participated in state level honor choirs.

Thomas Lidahl, a senior, was a part of the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Tenor-Bass Choir while freshmen Tayler Butenschoen, Casey Larson and David Scherer were a part of the Minnesota ACDA ninth-10th grade all-state choir program. Butenschoen was a part of the mixed choir, and Scherer and Larson were a part of the tenor-bass choir.

Lidahl participated in the MMEA all-state choir for the first time this year. All students in the state regardless of school size compete for the same spots. Lidahl auditioned in March of 2018, participated in a summer camp with all of the All-State students in August of 2018 and concluded his experience with a performance on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

Each of the All-State choirs is conducted by world-renowned choral directors. Lidahl's choir premiered a new piece titled "Arrow" that the state honors organization commissioned by composer Jocelyn Hagen.

Butenschoen, Larson and Scherer were in choirs organized by the Minnesota American Choral Director's Association chapter. These three students auditioned for the choir in November and participated in a one-day intensive camp on Thursday, Feb. 14. The students were expected to prepare five choral pieces ahead of time, rehearsed all day with their conductors and concluded with an evening concert at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.