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Park junior among 21 district students selected for Minnesota All State music program

Mason Kimbell, a junior at Park High School, is one of 21 students in District 833 who have been selected to study and perform with the Minnesota All-State music program. Submitted photo courtesy of Tracy Caponigri.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 833 — Park High School junior Mason Kimbell has been chosen to sing with the Minnesota All-State Mixed Choir.

Kimbell will sing baritone in the choir during their 2018-19 season, which includes a weeklong All-State camp in August at Saint Olaf College. Next February, he will perform with the choir at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

Each year, hundreds of students across Minnesota audition for the all-state program. It was created in 1944 by the Minnesota Music Educators Association to provide an immersive musical experience for the best student singers and musicians. Categories include choral, orchestral and band.

Those who make the cut attend a week-long summer camp, during which they rehearse in their respective ensembles. They also receive feedback and private instruction from professional vocalists or instrumentalists. Students also attend seminars on topics from music careers to college admissions and auditions and music in adult life.

Kimbell's audition included a classical solo and a cappella Italian aria. He sings with Park High School choirs under the direction of Benjamin O'Connor.

Kimbell also performed in Park's spring musical "James and the Giant Peach" last week.

He joins 20 students from East Ridge and Woodbury high schools who have been accepted to All-State music ensembles for the 2018-19 season.

East Ridge High School:

Mike Cao, Viola, All-State Orchestra Kevin Chen, Cello, All-State Orchestra Jeffrey Deng, Cello, All-State Orchestra Abigail Feuer, Soprano 2, All-State SSAA Choir Erika Freiberg, Bassoon, All-State Symphonic Band Jack Johnson, Bass 1, All-State TTBB Choir Mitchell Lejcher, Trombone, Alternate All-State Band Christopher Liu, Trumpet, Alternate All-State Band Michael May, Trombone, All-State Jazz Band Lukas Niesen, Bass, Alternate All-State Orchestra Alexis Tao, Violin, All-State Orchestra McCall Walker, French Horn, All-State Orchestra Ethan Williams, Tenor 2, All-State SATB Choir

Woodbury High School:

Max Buchholz, Saxophone, All-State Symphonic Band Olivia Costa, Flute, All-State Symphonic Band Lily Cressy, Alto, All-State Soprano/Alto Choir Nadia Franzen, Soprano, All-State Soprano/Alto Choir Evan Murray, Percussion, All-State Symphonic Band Tim Nelson, Bass, All-State Tenor/Bass Choir Jacques Tousignant, Trombone, All-State Concert Band

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