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Kyrene Honor Band, Orchestra and Choir perform at Honor Music Festival

Posted February 2020 


On Thursday, Kyrene School District students, parents and community members gathered to celebrate a long-standing tradition that recognizes the importance of the performing arts. The Kyrene Honor Music Festival gives students the opportunity to further develop musicianship while also getting a taste of the high school music atmosphere. This festival recognizes the continued dedication necessary for outstanding vocal and instrumental talents. 


Students from all Kyrene middle schools can audition to be a member of the Honor Band, Orchestra or Choir. This year 101 students performed in band, 44 in orchestra and 68 in choir. Students selected for the performance practiced high-level ensembles at their schools before coming together for two days of rehearsals with master teachers.


The Kyrene Honor Band was conducted by Leo Werner who served as the director of the award-winning Mountain Pointe High School band, choir and orchestra programs. Honor Orchestra students were led by Karalee Hagen, a conductor and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Mountain Pointe’s proud Choral Director Katie Hixon led choir students through their performances.


Throughout the evening, conductors emphasized how important it is that students are encouraged to continue exploring the arts, especially when entering high school.