Largo High School seniors Tristan Brockwell and Megan Pullen at the Tampa Bay Convenion Center. The students are part of the 2014 All-State Chorus.
LARGO – Tristan Brockwell and Megan Pullen, both seniors at Largo High School, performed in the finale with the All-State Chorus at the David A Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 11.
Brockwell sang in the chorus as a bass II and Pullen as an alto I. The Florida All-State High School Chorus and the Symphonic Orchestra performed to a full house in the Carol Morsani Hall.
Both students also attended a leadership seminar at the Tampa Bay Convention Center earlier at the All-State event.
Largo High junior Alec Emser played bassoon with the All-State Honors Band earlier in the day Jan. 11. All three are honors students and fellow members of the school’s jazz band.
This event was the culmination of a process that began many months ago, when music students across the state of Florida competed for places in All-State instrumental and vocal ensembles. Musicianship, sight-reading and instrumental or vocal skills are all assessed in the process.
Those who qualified put in months of at-home practice followed by two 12-hour days of intensive rehearsals.
The audience was “in awe of the caliber of young musical talent that we are blessed to have in the state of Florida,” explained attendee Barbara Brockwell, mother to Tristan Brockwell.
In addition to the performances of the Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus, other vocal and instrumental ensembles performed throughout the previous three days, amidst the Florida Music Educators Association conference at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. Along with several choruses, the program included a concert band, honors band, jazz band, symphonic band, honors orchestra, concert orchestra and symphonic orchestra.