DHS Choir Teacher Larry Martin recently took his students to the All State Choir audition at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Martin and Hutchison, were chosen to move on to Albuquerque based on their auditions.
While in Las Cruces the students were judged in a three-step process. The students must sing a classical solo and also sing an audition piece which was titled: "Heilig," written by Mendelssohn. Each student is required to memorize the song in German.
The third part of the audition was to site read a eight-measure long piece of music the student has never seen before.
In order to be chosen to participate in All State the students had to excel in all three parts of the auditions. Choir director Dr. David Childs of Dallas, Texas directed the auditions.
"I am so proud of all my students and how they preformed," Martin said.
At All State Performance on Jan. 9-12, in Albuquerque, the students worked once again with Dr. Childs and with Dr. Elizabeth Schauer from the University of Arizona in Tucson. The students were required to minimize six to seven pieces of music. Students had to re-audition to see if they had minimize their music. Day two and three the students rehearse with other students from all over the state of New Mexico. On the final night, the choirs put on a concert for the public at Pope Joy Hall on the campus of the University of New Mexico.
"It is an exciting, magical experience, with so many people with the same passion," Hutchison said.
"It was so much fun... What an experience," Kyle Martin said.
"They sang music that is challenging for the best choir groups and they did it to perfection," said Martin, the teacher.
Martin works closely with Red Mountain Middle School Choir director Justin Cruz to encourage middle school students to continue choir into high school. Both Martin and Cruz have joined their students together in putting on concerts.
"Every semester we hold auditions for the coming semester," said Martin of his high school program.
Red Mountain Middle School students are seventh and eighth graders.