Four Lowry High School students qualified to participate in the Nevada All-State Choir on Sat. April 8. The Choir performed at the Pioneer Center for the Arts in Reno. The students pictured (left to right) are Marissa Swanson, Keiona Mack, Tanner Ames and Matthew Munk with Lowry Music Director Paul Criddle. Battle Mountain High School student Connor Rochester also qualified to participate in All-State Choir. / Dave Munk photo
Four Lowry High School students qualified to participate in the Nevada All-State Choir on Sat. April 8. The Choir performed at the Pioneer Center for the Arts in Reno. The students pictured (left to right) are Marissa Swanson, Keiona Mack, Tanner Ames and Matthew Munk with Lowry Music Director Paul Criddle. Battle Mountain High School student Connor Rochester also qualified to participate in All-State Choir. / Dave Munk photo
“Performing in the All State Choir can be a life-changing experience,” said Lowry High School Music Director Paul Criddle. “It is probably the highest-level choir the student will ever be part of.”

Some 230 students were selected from all over the entire state of Nevada to participate in the choir. They were required to attend live auditions and sing a variety of excerpts, including sight reading tests, scales, a prepared choral piece and intervals requiring them to sing from low to high or vice-versa in one jump, according to Criddle.

“It can be a little nerve racking and scary to attend the auditions but the students performed well,” he noted. “The students with the highest scores in each section are selected to perform with the choir. The level of musicianship attained after only two days of rehearsing is absolutely amazing.”

Teachers in each school that has students who have qualified for All-State Choir take their students to four zone rehearsals to help them learn the music and their parts. Then, when the entire choir gets together the students are ready to work on the higher level aspects of choral singing.

“The concert was amazing,” Criddle commented.

Four Lowry High School students qualified to participate in the Nevada All-State Choir on Sat. April 8, and Connor Rochester from Battle Mountain High School qualified. The Choir performed at the Pioneer Center for the Arts in Reno. The combined choirs from Nevada schools practiced with Dr. Paul Torkelson, professor of music and choral conductor at UNR, who then directed their concert.