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DLHS Honor Choir participants are Melissa Paakh, Steven Labine, Ashley Morben and Stephen Sinclair. Cole Remmen is missing from the photo.

Students singing for top honors

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Last week was a busy one for students in Kathy Larson's vocal music classes.

On Thursday, five DL freshmen and sophomores were called to participate in the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota Grade 9-10 Honor Choir, while five more DL juniors and seniors took part in the Minnesota All-State Choir performance at Orchestra Hall on Saturday, Feb. 14.

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Both performances were part of the Minnesota Music Educators Association state convention in Minneapolis.

All-State Choir participants included Luke Champa, Paige Johnson, Peter Johnson, Dani Labine and Kelsey Wenner, while Honor Choir participants included Steven Labine, Ashley Morben, Melissa Paakh, Cole Remmen and Stephen Sinclair.

"The maximum number of students any teacher can have at All-State is six -- we have five kids going," Larson said Wednesday, prior to leaving for the convention. "I think it's so great that we have so many students willing to put in the extra work needed to prepare for events like this -- and that we have the support of the parents and school district to participate in them."

In addition to the All-State and ACDA Minnesota Honor Choir honorees, Larson will also have three students taking part in the National Honor Choir performances at the ACDA National Convention in Oklahoma City, which takes place March 4-7.

DL participants will include Ally Spurlin, Morgan Lewis and Mariah Neuhauser.

Larson said participating in the National Honor Choir involves a considerable commitment of both time and financial resources for the students.

"They have to have all their music memorized when they go," she added, noting that she was "very proud of all her state and national choir participants. "The students have all exhibited outstanding musicianship to be invited to participate in these events."

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