ALAMOSA — On Saturday, January 27, six students from Alamosa Elementary School, under the direction of music teacher Ryan Sederquist, participated in the Colorado Elementary All-State Choir (CEASC).
The group of 150 students from schools across the state were divided into two choirs (Vivace Choir and Presto Choir) and spent the day working with distinguished guest conductors and educators, Ken Berg and Elizabeth Nunez. Representing Alamosa Elementary School were Eryc Heredia, Shea Jordan, Ava Hansen, Emily Cook, KayLee Gonzales-Moore, and Audrey Howard. Emily Cook bravely filled in for Tirzah Cody at the last minute, as she, along with Giovanni Negrini and Brooklyn Boehm, had been selected as alternates during the audition process back in September.
After spending the day rehearsing at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, both choirs gave a performance at the Broadmoor Hotel as part of the Colorado Music Educator’s Association (CMEA) Conference simultaneously taking place.
Sederquist was thrilled about the opportunity his students were given to collaborate with peers and faculty of such a high caliber. Having watched the entirety of both the rehearsals and performances, he noted that despite the long day, the excitement and passion never dwindled from his students. He is hopeful that this rare musical experience will inspire them to continue music making at a high level for years to come, as well as continue to enhance the culture of AES music for future students.
Caption: From left are Emily Cook, KayLee Gonzales-Moore, Eryc Heredia, Tirzah Cody, Ava Hansen and Shea Jordan./Courtesy photo