Warren Students to perform at OMEA State Convention

Four students have been selected from Warren High School to participate in the Ohio Music Educators Association ALL STATE Choir. Approximately 160 choral students and 80 band students from across the state of Ohio have been chosen to sing/play for the Ohio Music Educators Professional Development Conference to be held at the Cincinnati Convention Center in Cincinnati Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.

The selection process is very precise. These students prepared a required piece, made a CD and then submitted it to a committee divided by section (soprano, alto, tenor and bass). Their name was then removed and their CD was given a number. The committee then listened to the CD and then a choir of students were selected. Their name, school/location and if they studied privately were unknown to the committee. The following students were selected from Warren High School to participate in this select choir: Chloe Rader, Grace Randall, Aaron Edgell and Jeremy Lee.

Chloe Rader is a senior and she is the daughter of Donald Rader of Belpre. Chloe is a four-year member of the choirs (Treble Chorus and A Cappella). She has participated in the Festival Choir, District IX Honors Choir, the select Cruise Choir and Solo/Ensemble Contest where she consistently receives superior ratings. Chloe also sings the National Anthem at sporting events and participates in the Actors Guild teen performances.

Grace Randall is a sophomore and she is the daughter of Carrie and Chris Randall of Belpre. Grace is a two-year member of the choirs (Treble Chorus and A Cappella). She has participated at the District and State level with the choirs receiving superior ratings. Grace plays volleyball and is active in her church.

Aaron Edgell is a senior and the son of Suzan and Joe Edgell of Vincent. He has been in choir all four years of high school either in Bass Chorus or A Cappella (mixed group). He an officer of Bass Chorus this year. Aaron has been to sing the national anthem at the Cleveland Cav’s games for the past 4 years. The men’s cruise choir received Grand Champions nationally. Aaron also plays football.

Jeremy Lee is a senior and the son of Catherine and Jeff Lee of Marietta. He has been a four-year member of both the choirs (bass chorus and A Cappella) and the Warren handbell choirs. Jeremy has participated in Solo Ensemble Contest receiving superior ratings. He also has participated at the District and State level with the Choirs receiving superior ratings. Jeremy is also in the Warriors Marching Band.

The All State Choir will be under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas. Dr. Thomas is the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. Thomas is a published author and composer. He currently serves as the artistic director for the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Internationally, he has conducted in Australia, England, China, Estonia, Israel, New Zealand and many other countries. Thomas has conducted 48 All-State high school choirs and has twice conducted the World Youth Choir.

The vocal and handbell choirs at Warren are under the direction of Mary Margaret Nuzum. The choirs have consistently received Superior Ratings at both District and State Adjudicated Events.


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