Hailey Sloan, a seventh grader at Ashworth Middle School, recently participated in the Statewide All State Chorus. She is the only middle school student in Gordon County to participate. In order to participate in All State Chorus, students must pass two rigorous auditions that consist of singing three musical scales, a classical solo, and sight-reading three music examples. Students in seventh through twelfth grade may audition, but only the highest achieving singers make the cut. Passing these two auditions and getting to participate in All State is one of the highest honors a choral student can achieve.
Sloan was able to sing under the direction of the distinguished Christy Elsner, who is the director and founder of the Allegro Community Children’s Choir of Kansas. Elsner is an active clinician for children’s and youth choirs and continues to give workshops on her innovative rehearsals and unusual teaching tools.
Pictured is Hailey Sloan, Bailie Greeson (AMS Chorus Director), and Greeson’s four month old daughter Nora.