Montini Catholic seniors Mahmoud Jabir and Emmanuel Corpuz were recently chosen to represent Montini Catholic High School at the Illinois Music Education Association District 9 Music Festival to be held on November 2nd at East Aurora High School. The festival is a yearly event sponsored by the Illinois Music Education Association.
Auditions took place at Addison Trail High School on Saturday, September 21st, bringing close to 3,000 students from more than 50 public and private schools together to showcase their musical skills in the hopes of being selected. In the end, approximately 150 students from grades nine through twelve were selected to participate in this prestigious event.
"Both Mahmoud and Emmanuel are very talented," said Music Director, Donald Glowinski. "Both strive and excel in music!" The two are very involved Montini Catholic students. Emmanuel is a member of Montini's Pep Band, Chamber Choir, Acafellas singing group, and Drama Club. He also plays Lacrosse, which he admits is one of his favorite activities, and is a member of the National Honor Society and president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is also juggling performances during the November 2nd weekend - while starring in the school's Fall Play, Tune in to Murder. Mahmoud has also been involved in play and musical productions at Montini as both an actor and set crew member. He is currently a member of the Chamber Choir, Acafellas and Symphonic Band. "My favorite is Symphonic Band," he said.
Both Emmanuel and Mahmoud tried out for both the Band and Choir positions. "For the Band audition we had to play through a sheet with all the major and melodic minor scales, two etudes, and sight-read a short piece," said Mahmoud, who performs on many different instruments. "For the Choir audition we had to sing major, diminished, and augmented triads, the major and melodic minor scales, one section from two different songs, and sight-read a line of music!" This is Mahmoud's second time being selected for the All District ensembles (his 1st time was for band). He will be singing Baritone at the festival. Emmanuel will be playing tenor sax.
"Mr. Glowinski has given me so much encouragement and helped me practice and prepare for the audition," said Mahmoud! Both he and Emmanuel are very excited for the performance.
"I wish them both luck at the festival," said Glowinski. "I am very excited to watch their futures, but very sad that they will be taking their talent with them at the end of this year."