By Kennedy Williams
The Iowa All-State Music Festival features an elite group of students in band, orchestra, and choir. High school students from all over Iowa have the opportunity to audition for All-State, and the top students are selected. Muscatine High School has had a handful of students from band, orchestra, and choir make All-State every year for the last several years, and they are hoping for even better results at this year’s All-State auditions.
Among them is Emily Fillmore. Fillmore is a senior at Muscatine High School. She is involved in choir, orchestra, and cross country. Emily plays the violin and has auditioned and made the All-State orchestra three years in a row. She has played the violin since she was five years old. In a normal week she practices her violin about 14 hours, up until two weeks before auditions, when she practices for 30 hours a week. This may seem crazy to most people, but her dedication and love for music have only made her a stronger musician.
“The last few years there have been great conductors and performers that have graced the hall with their presence, and I just hope that I am lucky enough to be with them one last time,” says Fillmore. Emily has worked hard on the violin for 12 years and she hopes that she can make All-State a fourth and final time.
All-State is a tedious process that band, choir, and orchestra students have been practicing for since July. The week of auditions, all students are working hard practicing their music every chance they get.