Montini Catholic music students, seniors Nora Sypkens, Heather Sledzinski, Maddie McDowell and sophomore Kenneth Sledzinski were recently chosen to represent Montini Catholic High School at the Illinois Music Education Association District 9 Ensemble. The festival is an annual event sponsored by the Illinois Music Education Association.
"This year's auditions were held virtually," said Music Instructor, Donnie Glowinski. "Our music students were asked to record their part for specific songs, as well as scales and triads."
According to Glowinski, Nora is an extremely talented and dedicated musician. "She participates in both Chamber Choir and plays trumpet in the Symphonic Band. She also serves as the president of Montini's chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She works very hard, everyday, and has the "first to show up, last to leave" mentality. I am so happy that she is able to end her senior year with this accomplishment!"
He is also quite impressed with Kenneth's enthusiasm for music. "He really does a great job in class, this year especially. With the way the cohorts were divided, he is the only boy in the Gold Cohort of Chamber Choir. He holds down the fort and does a great job. He has so much potential and I am excited to continue working with him for the next two years."
Heather, older sister to Kenneth, is enjoying her second time being honored by ILMEA. "What a wonderful and talented young lady," said Glowinski. "This being her second time being selected, I have my hopes that her second time around truly will be a charm, and we will see her make it into the All State Choir!" Heather also serves as the Treasurer of Tri-M this year.
"This is such a great honor for Maddie (McDowell) too," added Glowinski. "She gets a lot of her success from the stage, performing in our Fall Plays and Spring Musicals." Maddie is currently starring in Montini's upcoming production of George Orwell's "1984." "She is a talented young lady and this is such a nice way to start off her senior year!"
Instead of a concert, due to restrictions during Covid, the selected students will attend a Virtual Masterclass, working on specific singing techniques. They will still be in the running for the All-State Choir, which is currently scheduled to take place in the spring. "We should hear about that after Thanksgiving," said Glowinski.
"I could not be happier with these four," he continued. "Especially this year, when we are so hampered in the world of making music, we are still able to come together and create something."
Image above l to r: Maddie McDowell, Heather Sledzinski, Kenneth Sledzinski and Nora Sypkens