Baldwin High School seniors Thomas Stewart IV and Tevauri Mar’Shall are in the midst of dedicating every minute of their spare time to learn and rehearse several high-standard, varied repertoire of music before showcasing their talents at All State Chorus next year.
“For both of them to make All State Chorus is really special, but also to show what great musicians they are,” said Kathy Carroll, choir director at Baldwin High. “It’s nice to have All State Chorus because it’s a way that your very finest students can be rewarded for their hard work.”
All State Chorus is the most prestigious honor a chorus student can achieve at the high school level. As part of the audition process held in October, students learned vocabulary and site reading examples, sang an Italian aria, passed a written music theory test and passed an oral exam. Students were then given six to eight songs to learn by late January for the second audition.
The two young musicians will perform at the Classic Center in Athens in late February along with the best high school students across Georgia under the direction of a few of the country’s greatest conductors.
“All State Chorus is everybody’s best kid who stand out as superior. Approximately 10,000 students audition and approximately 1,000 make it,” Carroll said. “It’s just amazing for these conductors because they work with the finest musicians. A lot of the time it makes students want to major in music because they see how wonderful a final product can be. We’ve had students from Baldwin High School make All State Chorus for the last five years.”
Mar’Shall said it’s rewarding to achieve All State Chorus for the second year in a row.
“My favorite part about All State Chorus is that everybody who makes it are passionate about singing high level of music,” he said. “Last year I made it and I did a lot better this year, so I’m confident about the second audition. This let’s you know that all your hard work isn’t for nothing.”