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Ozark vocalists make All-State

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Three Ozark High School choir students were recently named to the All-State Choir — Ilya Kozlov, Hanna McConnell and Kaitlyn Wilson.

Auditions were for 11th- and 12th-grade students who were ranked in the top 25 in their section for South Central All-District Honor Choir. The Ozark High School choir program featured 30 students who participated in the All-District Honor Choir,  and 11 qualified to audition for All-State.

The All-District Honor Choir performed Nov. 6 at Central High School in Springfield, bringing 400 performers from across the district together for a concert performance, as well as the auditions for the All-State Choir. Following All-State auditions, the students were split into two separate choirs, 9th/10th and 11th/12th, and spent all day rehearsing before performing a live concert to close out the day.

“We are so proud of our students and are excited for them to experience singing in such a prestigious ensemble,” Ozark Assistant Choir Director Connor Gately said. “These students come in and give their best every day and we can’t thank them enough for their leadership.”

The All-State Choir is made up of 200 of the top 11th- and 12th-grade singers in the state as the honorees will go on to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in January.

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