Sixteen Choteau High School students will participate in the North Central Honor Band and Choir in Choteau on Nov. 27 and 28.
This event will involve about 150 students from 24 area schools. Under the direction of guest conductors, the students will rehearse for a day and a half and present a public concert on Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Choteau High School auditorium.
The participants are fortunate to have two esteemed guest conductors leading the honor band and choir. The band conductor is Gary Gillet from Missoula. Gillet taught for many years in the Missoula area and is highly sought after for these events. He frequently adjudicates district and state festivals and is involved in community ensembles in the Missoula area.
The choral conductor is a Choteau native who is very excited to “come home” and be a part of this event. Scott Corey is the music supervisor for the Billings Public Schools. Before taking this position, he was the director of choirs at Billings Senior High School. He also directs a barbershop group in the Billings area. “Both men will be a treat for our students to work with,” Choteau music teacher Lorran Depner said.
There will be an admission charge of $5 for adults and $4 for students for the concert.
CHS choral students selected for this audition-only event are: Destiny Buckman, Dakota Daley, Tony Daley, Cassidy DeBruycker, Declan Fladstol, Anna Jamison, Maggie King, Mason Sellers and Watson Snyder. Band students are: Hanna Antonsen, Elsah Bechtold, Bailey Deshner, Amber Johnson, Ellie Lee, Zack Quillan and Kate Stott.