Four Windsor High School students showed that they’re among the best in the state by being selected to the all-state choirs and bands.
Madelyn Burns and Josh Watt made All-State Choir, and Madelyn also made All-State Jazz Choir. She was one of six second sopranos selected in the entire state and one of 32 students to make the All-State Jazz Choir.
All-State Jazz Choir was held the last weekend in January at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, and All-State Choir was hosted by Metro State with the concert the weekend of Feb. 7-9 at the Belco Theatre in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The four seniors had to audition for a spot in the prestigious choirs and bands.
Alden Hoag and Noah Walker are representing Windsor in All-State Band, which will be held the first weekend in April at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley. Noah (percussion) is in the All-State Concert Band, while Alden (percussion) is in the All-State Symphonic Band.
“For All-State Choir, over 2,000 students audition, and the mixed choir had 200 kids, the men’s choir had 120 and the women’s choir had 140,” said Sue Premer, vocal music director at WHS.
Premer said the four students are quite talented.
“These kids are awesome,” Premer said. “It’s a wonderful experience. There’s nothing like it. These kids are just incredibly musical. They have more talent in their pinky than I have in my whole body.”
Madelyn, 18, was selected for the All-State Choir last year as a junior, so she’s a regular at this.
“She’s just phenomenal. She’s a freak of nature,” Premer said.
Madelyn said she started singing when she could talk.
“It relieves stress, and it’s a way to show emotion without saying something,” said Madelyn, who admits to being somewhat shy. “Singing is way easier than talking.”
Madelyn said she’s going to Colorado State University, where she’ll try out for the choir and try to earn a music scholarship.
Noah, 17, said it’s an honor to be recognized among the best.
“It’s pretty cool. Theoretically, you’re one of the 20 best in the state,” Noah said. “It feels good to get that kind of recognition.”
Noah also plays the tuba and bass, and plans to study music education at Fort Lewis College in Durango.
“I like that you can take stuff on a page that nobody else can understand and make something cool out of it,” Noah said.
Josh, 17, is in his first year at Windsor High School, and would like to become a professional soccer player. Josh said singing is an interesting way to express his emotions.
Josh, a tenor 1 who can also sing bass and soprano, said he never thought he’d be good enough to make All-State Choir.
“To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to make it at all,” Josh said. “I don’t think of myself as a really good singer. I try hard. To make it to All-State was an eye opener. Everyone said that I was a pretty good singer. I didn’t believe them. To make All-State, I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m actually a pretty good singer.’
This is Alden’s second year for All-State Symphonic Band.
“I didn’t expect to be selected twice, especially for the same band,” Alden said. “It was really fun playing in that band (last year). It was like the best sound I ever heard.
Alden started seriously playing music his freshman year.
“I got a drum set when I was in seventh grade, and played on and off for a while,” said Alden, 18, who plans to study music education at CSU. “I figured going into high school I wanted to get into playing drums for something. I joined freshmen band. After I started liking that, I joined everything. I joined jazz band, marching band, concert band and wind ensemble.”