above: Gordon's All State musicians, posing unmasked and safely distanced outdoors. They were selected for the festival from among seventh, eighth and ninth graders representing eighty-four Rhode Island middle schools and high schools.
Gordon's performing arts program has been busy every day, all year, but over the past few weeks there has been a sense of a new and welcome sort of normal with the return of singing in-person. Middle School musical rehearsals are happening with sixty-six students, masked and carefully distanced. The No Fear Friday open mic showcased eighth graders broadcasting live, together, alongside the prerecorded segments. Students throughout the school have begun singing together in music class. And the G-Notes, Gordon's a cappella group, are finally able to rehearse in person.
This weekend, all of Rhode Island will get to see some of those students perform alongside their peers from across the state as part of the Rhode Island Music Educators All State Music festival.
This winter, six Gordon students and eight alumni passed a rigorous audition process to earn invitations to the annual festival.
The pre-recorded concert will be shared Sunday, May 2nd at 6pm, at https://www.rimea.org/as
In 2010, Kayla Campbell '11 chose to take a chance and audition for the All State Festival, making her the first Gordon student in anyone's memory to try out. In the years since then, sixty-eight Gordon students have passed the auditions and invited to participate.
The high school level of this year's festival is also full of Gordon musicians:
Dylan Bean '18 - double bass, Senior Jazz Band
Ella Bogdahn '17 - soprano, Senior Mixed Chorus
Dimitri Daskalopoulos '18 - violin, Senior Orchestra - 1st chair!
Leenah Gibbs '19 - alto, Senior Treble Chorus
Audrey Lee '19 - alto, Senior Treble Chorus
Evelyn McAdam '17 - tuba, Senior Band
Emma Platt '18 - soprano, Senior Treble Chorus
Andrew Song '20 - bass, Junior Mixed Chorus and cello, Junior Orchestra
See you there!