Julia Foster, shown playing the piano, leads a group of Moffat County High School jazz choir students through a singing exercise Tuesday in the school’s music room. Five of the choir’s members will participate in the Colorado All State Choir this weekend.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Julia Foster, shown playing the piano, leads a group of Moffat County High School jazz choir students through a singing exercise Tuesday in the school’s music room. Five of the choir’s members will participate in the Colorado All State Choir this weekend.

Moffat County High School sends record number to All State Choir

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Five Moffat County High School Students will be heading to Denver this weekend for All State Choir. Standing, from left, are Daniel McClellan, Kyra McClellan and James Hebert. Shown sitting is Karen Bolton, left, and Tasha Romney.

Who’s going

2010 Colorado All State Choir attendees from Moffat County High School:

■ Daniel McClellan, senior

■ Kyra McClellan, junior

■ Tasha Romney, senior

■ Karen Bolton, junior

■ James Hebert, senior

— On the west wall of the Moffat County High School choir room, next to a Colorado state flag, a series of plaques commemorate a significant achievement for several students in the school’s history.

Each year, the names of students who are selected for the All State Choir are engraved on a plaque and hung on the wall.

The 2006 plaque carries three names, the largest number of students that had qualified for the three-day festival in Denver.

Until this year.

Soon, five MCHS students will see their names displayed next to decades of singers who achieved the same milestone.

“I’m so excited to go,” senior James Hebert said. “I’ve known of so many people who have gone to All State before. It’s just what you hope for all along.”

Hebert, along with Dan McClellan, Kyra McClellan, Tasha Romney and Karen Bolton, are five of more than 200 high school students from acorss the state who will travel to Denver this weekend for three days of practicing and performing music.

The weekend will culminate Tuesday night in a performance at the 2,000-seat Wells Fargo Theatre in the Colorado Convention Center.

Choir director Dan Mullens said the number of students chosen speaks to the talent level of this year’s choirs.

The five students are involved with choir, jazz choir, chamber choir and the fall musical.

“I’m very excited,’ Mullens said. “It says that the kids really wanted it and put in the effort. All I had to do was be here to coach them.”

In the fall, the students traveled to Grand Junction for the audition, which involved singing a solo piece, sight-reading and scales.

“It was really scary because you only get one chance at something like that,” Kyra said. “I’m really excited to go. It’s going to be very fun, and I’m excited to sing with people from all over the state that are talented musicians.”

For Kyra, whose older brother, Dan, was selected for the second year in a row, making All State is a rite of passage in her family.

“I had three brothers who made it before me,” she said. “They were kind of giving me a hard time, so I’m really happy that I made it.”

Bolton, who plans to study music and performance arts after high school, said she was looking forward to seeing what a choir of 200 voices could produce.

“Just the power that’s going to come out of it, singing with all of those talented singers,” she said.

The students have been studying and practicing their music for the festival for months, which includes technically difficult songs in several languages.

“It’s very, very hard to memorize Chinese,” Bolton said.

While the music will be the backbone of the weekend, all of the students are looking forward to spending time with what they call a “tight group” of musicians.

“I’m so glad to go with all these people,” Bolton said. “We’ve grown up in music together for the past few years. It will be like a family vacation.”

The five students all were involved in the fall musical and spent time together in various high school ensembles.

After jazz choir practice Tuesday, the group stayed after to joke and chat about their upcoming weekend.

Before leaving, Kyra glanced toward the west wall of the room.

“I think our names are going to look good up there by the flag,” she said.

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