Students participating in Nebraska Music Educators - KFXL, Fox Nebraska

Students participating in Nebraska Music Educators


Each year, over 2000 of the best high school musicians in the state audition for the Nebraska All-State Band, Chorus, Jazz Band and Orchestra which are sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association.  Selection as a member of one of these groups is one of the highest musical honors attainable in Nebraska.  Mr. Dave Klein, Chair of Orchestra Affairs for the Nebraska Music Educators Association, (KHS instructor) is pleased to announce that  Violin: Yin Fu Chen, Viola: Katelyn Dahlke, Natalie Wozniak, Katy Ayers, Cherie Oaklund, Double Bass Isaac Almquist, Kory Reeder, and Harp: Briana Pallas will be among the 145 students selected to be a part of the 2008 All-State Orchestra.  Guest conductor for the group will be Dr. Louis Bergonzi, University of Illinois.  The orchestra will rehearse Thursday, November 20th through Saturday November 22nd on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, the host site of the 2008 NMEA Conference/Clinic.  A final public concert will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.  Information regarding concert times, ticket prices and availability will be included in a direct mailing to All-State members from the NMEA executive director.

  KHS band  students selected for NMEA 
Two members of Kearney High's Band auditioned and were selected to participate in the Nebraska Music Educator Association All-State Band Ensemble. Sophomores Rosemary Mena-Werth will play the clarinet while Jacob Petr will play the alto saxophone for the All-State concert. 

Nine choral students were also selected: 
Shade Ingraham,  Stephanie Coello,  Kirsten Klein,  Jaci Uden,  Jenna Bullis  Liza Thalken,  Keegan Potthoff,  Ryan Bauer,  Christopher Lyons,  Matthew Kreutzer,  James Wolf.

All State Ensemble

Conductors of 2008 All-State Groups

  • All-State Jazz Band - Ellen Rowe, School of Music, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • All-State Chorus - Dr. James Rodde, Director of Choral Activities, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • All-State Band -Quincy C. Hilliard, Composer in Residence, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
  • All-State Orchestra - Louis Bergonzi, School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Director's Final Concert Tickets

Registration for this year's NMEA In-service Conference/Clinic does NOT include a complimentary ticket to either final concert. No vouchers will be issued for exchange at the Lied Center box office. Rather, NMEA members who preregister for the conference before November 1 will receive a personalized ticket order form. That form must be returned to the Lied Center box office and the tickets will be sent to you by mail. The tickets for preregistered NMEA members will be offered at a discounted price of $6.00 each. Because of the high demand for concert tickets, NMEA members will only be able to purchase no more than two tickets to each concert during pre-sale. Additional tickets must be purchased from the box office when the tickets are offered to the general public. To take advantage of this offer, the NMEA member must be preregistered and must return the order form to the box office. All NMEA members not participating in this pre-sale must purchase tickets at the box office at the regular $12.00 rate. Anyone registering at the conference will be able to purchase concert tickets at the box office, if they are still available.

Parents' Tickets

A personalized ticket order from will be mailed directly to the home address of every student selected for an All-State ensemble. This order form will allow the family to order tickets before they are offered to the general public. If parents skip the pre-sale and order after the tickets go on sale to the general public, they may not get tickets. The chorus/jazz band concert is usually sold out and parents may be very disappointed. All order forms will be personalized with the student's name and an identification number. Orders received on duplicate order forms will NOT be filled.


2008 Nebraska All-State Chorus Repertoire

Dr. James Rodde, Director of Choral Activities, Iowa State University
Kelly Meyer, NMEA Choral Chair

Musicks Empire - Lloyd Pfautsch - Lawson-Gould 51418

Alleluia - Paul Basler - Walton PJMS-116

Ave Verum Corpus - Colin Mawby - Brodt Music Co.

Neckereien - Johannes Brahms - National WHC-48

Sleep - Eric Whitacre - Walton WJMS1035 (HL08501462)

My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord - Arr. Moses Hogan - Hal Leonard 08703235

2008 NMEA All-State Band Repertoire

Quincy C. Hilliard, Composer in Residence, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Michelle Bluford, NMEA Band Chair
NMEA Band 2008
Conductor - Dr. Quincy Hilliard

Program to be selected from:

The Spine of the Devil - Waymon Bullock - TRN Music Gr 5/ CBSP16

The Day the Clowns Cried - Quincy Hilliard - Northeastern Music Publications   Gr 4

The Unknown Soldier - Quincy Hilliard - Kjos Music Company Gr. 4/1840270

Kingsfold - Steve Barton - C. Allen Gr. 3/11410

Perthshire Majesty - Hazo - Boosey and Hawkes  Gr 3/24777222

2008 NMEA All-State Jazz Band Repertoire

Ellen Rowe, School of Music, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Roger Groth, NMEA Jazz Band Coordinator
Michelle Bluford, NMEA Band Chair

Love For Sale................ Cole Porter/arr. Pete Myers (Sierra Music)

The Doomsday Machine Meets Mr. Gelato ........ Ellen Rowe (Sierra Music)

Katy...................................................... Sammy Nestico

Jackson County Jubilee...................... Benny Carter (Sierra Music)

Michaelangelo................................. Fred Sturm (Sierra Music)

2008 NMEA All-State Orchestra Repertoire

Louis Bergonzi, School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dave Klein, NMEA Orchestra Chair  

Montagues and Capulets from Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 2 - Sergei Prokofiev

Three Dance Episodes from On the Town - Leonard Bernstein
The Great Lover
Lonely Town Pas de Deux
Times Square

Berceuse and Finale from Firebird Suite -Igor Stravinsky

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