This year, 430 Vermont students were selected to participate in the All State Music Festival held in Middlebury in May. The event attracts young musicians from all over Vermont. Students must audition to participate in the highly selective honor ensembles, which rehearse intensely during the four-day festival and put on performances on the final two days.
This year, 27 students from Colchester High School were selected to participate in the ensembles. The following CHS choral students—24 of them in all—participated in the Festival’s chorus: Jonny Barden; Isabella Bertoni; Lauren Brooks; Renee Brouillette; Claire Cameron; Ethan Cameron-Vaupel; Erin Casab; Corinne Colgrove; Jimmy Collins; Meghan Collins; Morgan Eaton; Ethan Goedken; Mario Houle; Kristian Labrie; Matthew LaChance; Tim Lewis; Bella Lopez; Meghan Meyers; Victoria Mier; Katie Pierson; Laura Shaw; Megan Wallace; Elysia Way; and, Jessica Zwolen.
CHS students Josh Kalfus and Beth Moore participated in the Festival’s concert band. CHS student Justin Ricker participated in the Festival’s orchestra. Vermont’s All State Music Festival was first held in 1928. Steffen Parker has been its director for 31 years.
In the photo, CHS Band Director Evan Peltier (front left) and CHS Choral Director Melissa Towle (front right) flank a group of the CHS students who participated in this year’s All State Music Festival.