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OMEA All State Competition

Casady students auditioned and participated virtually in this year's Oklahoma Music Educator's Association All State competition.
When Beethoven lost his hearing, critics questioned his ability to compose; Beethoven's thunderous reply to them resonates today. "I will take fate by the throat: it will never bend me completely to its will." He went on to write some of his most incredible masterworks.
 
As the pandemic has canceled many All-State events, Oklahoma has used that same passion and embarked on an all virtual journey for this year's groups. The All-OkMEA groups represent the highest level of competition in our state. There are two rounds of auditions, which students spend hours preparing for. Students who are selected from the second round of auditions typically attend a clinic and perform at the Oklahoma Music Educator's State Conference. The three-day clinic culminates with an exciting day of sold-out concerts representing the best in our state's music education programs.
 
This year, selected students rehearsed virtually via Zoom with their conductor January 21-23, which included a marathon 12-hour session on Saturday! Amanda Quist directed the Choir. Dr. Quist is the Director of Choral Activities for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. The Orchestra worked with Dr. Gene Moon, the Director of Orchestral Studies at California Baptist University. After the virtual sessions, the students had one week to record the music they rehearsed during the festival and submit for compilation into a virtual performance.
 
OkMEA will set up virtual watch parties once the recordings are complete so that students can watch them together. Casady is proud of all of the students who made All-OkMEA and those who went through the strenuous audition process. 
 
Students who made it through round one:
Faith Goggins - Violin
Savannah Shelton - Trombone 
Conwy Zheng - Bassoon
Aanika Kumar - Soprano II, Oklahoma Choral Director's Association

Students selected for groups to be a part of the virtual OkMEA performances:
Sophia Dykstra 3rd chair - Violin I
Edison Lu - 19th Chair - Violin I
Aaron Chang - 13th Chair - Violin II
Paloma Torres-Tono - 16th Chair - Violin II
Abby Fakhoury - 8th Chair - Viola
Olivia Wang - 2nd Chair - Cello
Jenna Jiang - 3rd Chair Cello 
Pearce Wade - 4th Chair - Bass 
Anna Ungvari - Orchestra - First Chair Flute 
Bella Moore - Soprano I- Mixed Choir (top choral ensemble)
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