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Four top musicians selected for Music Educators Festival

Four outstanding musicians at Homewood-Flossmoor High School will be part of the 2017 Music Educators Association All-State Festival this weekend in Peoria.

The program will bring together the best student musicians from across the state.  The meeting is Jan. 25 through 28.

  Homewood-Flossmoor High School musicians
  participating in the 2017 Music Educators Association
  All-State Festival are, from left, Allie Mangel, Christian
  Mayo, Nacyla Mitchell and James Rhyne.
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Four outstanding musicians at Homewood-Flossmoor High School will be part of the 2017 Music Educators Association All-State Festival this weekend in Peoria.

The program will bring together the best student musicians from across the state.  The meeting is Jan. 25 through 28.

Allie Mangel, a junior from Homewood, will perform on violin with the All-State High School Orchestra. James Rhyne, a senior from Homewood, will perform on clarinet with the All-State High School Band. Christian Mayo, a senior from Homewood, will sing as part of the All-State High School Honors Chorus.

Nacyla Mitchell, a junior from Flossmoor has been selected for the Future Music Educators Seminar. This is a unique program for future teachers and encourages them to pursue their careers in music education. 

Annie Reilly, a 2016 H-F graduate, participated in the program. She now is a music education major at the University of Illinois.

H-F Superintendent Von Mansfield applauded these students who have dedicated themselves to their music often starting in elementary school.

“Their years of dedication have earned them recognition as some of the best musicians in the state of Illinois,” he said. “They are fine examples of what our community’s commitment to fine arts education can help inspire and produce.”

This is the first year for H-F’s new Media, Visual Arts and Performing Arts (MVP) program. Freshmen enrolled in the specially-designed curriculum in the arts will be involved not only in their special art but will also be paired with others for a cross-cultural experience. Their MVP participation will noted on their transcripts at graduation in 2020.

“We really feel that students that come out of this program will be top of the class, and arts schools will be interested in them not just for scholarships but all the opportunities colleges will have for them,” said Matthew Holdren, chair of the Fine Arts Department.

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