high school musicians and singers will visit the Colorado State University-Pueblo


CSU–Pueblo hosts annual Southern Colorado Honor Orchestra and Choir

PUEBLO-More than 180 Southern Colorado high school musicians and singers will visit the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus, November 19-21 for three days of instruction by University faculty and guest clinicians as members of the fifth Southern Colorado Honor Choir and Orchestra.

Selected by their music teachers, the students will represent 25 high schools, two Pueblo middle schools, and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony. CSU-Pueblo instruction will be provided by CSU-Pueblo faculty Dr. Dana Ihm, assistant professor of music; and Veronika String Quartet members Veronika Afanassieva, Ekaterina Dobrotvorskaia, Karine Garibova, and Mary Artmann.

This year’s guest conductor is Gary Nicholson, conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra, co-founded the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association in 1980. As a trumpeter, Nicholson has performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Wichita Symphony, Colorado Opera Festival, Colorado College Conservatory of Music, Colorado Springs Chorale, Music Theater of the Rockies, Fine Arts Center Repertory Teacher, Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of the Colorado Springs Symphony Brass Quintet and Pikes Peak Brass Quintet. He also has performed with Abendmusik, a professional quality vocal chamber ensemble. He also has toured orchestras to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and Eastern Europe. Nicholson currently teaches music at Broadmoor Elementary School in Colorado Springs District 12 and performs with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

2009 Honor Choir Repertoire List:
Domine Fili Unigenite from “Gloria” – Vivaldi, combined choir and orchestra
Sing We and Chant It – Thomas Morley
He Watching Over Israel from “Elijah” – Mendelssohn
Gloria in Altissimis Deo from “Christmas Oratorio” – Saint-Saens
Lux Aurumque – Eric Whitacre
Run to Jesus for Refuge – Caldwell and Ivory

Members of the Honor Choir and Orchestra and their respective schools follow:

Honor Choir
Canon City High School:
Sarah Gouveia, Kameron King, Daniel Lacroix, Melanie McCain,

Centennial High School:
Erin Aldag, Dane Anderson, Jessica Ferguson, Janelle Jaramillo, Elizabeth Juba, Trever Mckinney, Jordon Parker, April Peterson, Tiffany  Romero, Rachael McCollay

Central High School:
Trisha Millette, Clarissa Treat-Hopkins, Zachary Young

East High School:
Dylan Armendarex, Ali DeHerrea, Cassie Ellis, David Hinger, Breanna Kelley, Kenneth Pacheco, Cameron Stoy, Amanda Tilley

Ellicott High School:
Logan Claypool, Richard Dillard, Ashton Kirscher, Patrick Mitchell

Evangelical Christian Academy:
Andrew Edwards, Heidi Mann, Stephen Spees

Florence High School:
Samuel Aanestad, Lakotta Dagliesh-Sedillo, Chasta Killen, Dustin Mills, Jessica Pigeon, Alyssa Steele

Fowler School Dist.:
Jordan Feddie, Ashleigh Fox, Jenna Hardy, Bethany Klinkerman, Marcus Trujillo

Harrison High School:
William Bell, Rachel Byers, Nicole Esp, Devaun Evans, Ashley Hale, Maurissa Humphries, Deson Jackson, Christopher Prince, Bersain Torres

James Irwin Charter High School:
Lauren Davis, Brian Gutscher, Victoria Lee, Ashley Wetzel

Limon High School:
Meg Bontrager, Alicia Giersdorf, Ashley Walters

Manitou Springs High School:
Forrest Alvarez, Matt Bell, Astley Johncock, Cody Nelson, Jackson Peterson-Hirsch,
Sara  Ryttberg, Alexi Scherkenback, Lindsey Wagner

Mesa Ridge High School:
Franklin Bennett, Quayshaun Coleman, Angelica Gipson, Evyn Graf, Lani Hahn, ReBecca Novakuku, Jeremiah Sito, Joshua Waugh

Mullen High School:
Kevin Covelo, Blake Gregor,  Kelly Gremban, Nicholas Martinez, Meghan Miller, Karaline Porter, Connor Rust, Maya Stackhouse

Palmer High School:
Nicholas Booker, Lindsey Feola, Laura Gudvangen, Lauren Jones, Johnathan Lathan, Vicky Sanders, Sajan Thopa

Pueblo West High School:
Sarah Daberkow, Francie Gomez, Janelle Hess, Andersone Khalid, Isaiah Nieto, Thomas Sloan,
Jesse Spargeon, Stephanie Wilkinson

Salida High School:
Brianna Welker, Tara Wyatt

Simla High School:
Mara Bodell

Pueblo South High School:
Andrew Alfonso, Abby Carruth, Jessica Khosla, Shayla  Margison, Nicholas Radford, Cody Saunders, Austyn Simpons

Honor Strings

Academy International Elementary School:
Bryant So

Calhan Senior High School:
John  Kim

Canon City High School:
Emily  Bosisio, Melissa Cochran

Centennial High School:
Erin Bogard, Chaeli Ferguson, Hannah Galloway, Allison Miller, Mikayla Smith, Victoria Smith, AlexanderVigil

Colorado Online Virtual Academy:
Conor Large, Sonja Large,

Coronado High School:
Aleksa  Kuzma, Elizabeth Luke, Briana Quintana,

Pueblo East High School:
Hayden Bice, Jennifer Johnston, Anea Lucero,Hillary Patton, Elizabeth Sonnema, Matt Sparks,
David Stravia, Andrew Watson, Sarah  Willson

Florence High School:
Mitchell Macura

Homeschooled:
Eli Osteroos, Rebecca Phillips, Duc Tran

Insight Online Schools of Colorado:
Elliot Osteroos

John Mall High School:
Michael  Pacheco

Manitou Springs High School:
Olivia Trinko

Mountain Ridge Middle School:
Derek So

Palmer High School:
Ray Grossman, Victoria Suha

Rampart High School:
Antonina Buettner, Alexandra Buettner

Rangeview High School:
Janelle Abbott, Shana Feist, Ashley Hudson, Casey Hunt, Samantha Hunt, Breeanna  Lesher, Sara Russell

Roncalli Middle School:
Ben Roth

Sabin Middle School:
Tracey Jaron

Shekinah Academy:
Josiah Akers, Kendra Akers

Pueblo South High School:
Christy Colalancia, John  Duran, Steven Rael-Flores, Anthony Vigil-Martinez

The Colorado Springs School:
Evan Lynch

Wason High School:
Nick Louis

Widefield High School:
Katherine Bergman, Amber Bourg, Christina Hartmann, Laquan Johnson, Daniel Lyon, Kurstyn Montez, Laura Nguyen, Megan Okuly, Allaynah Reed, Justin Roe, Daniel Trumble

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