We have two students who were selected for the Illinois Music Educators' Association District 5 Choir. They were required to audition virtually this year in October. There is no in person festival this year, but it would have been November 21. They do get the opportunity to attend a virtual webinar/master class on that date, and might still be selected for All State.
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About the Director
Mrs. Alison Mendenhall's hometown is Kewanee, Illinois, which is in northwestern Illinois near the Iowa border. She attended Wethersfield High school and graduated in 1994, then attended Eastern Illinois University and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Vocal emphasis. She began her teaching career in Alexis, Illinois in the fall of 1999, teaching K-4 elementary music and Jr. High and High School Choir. She married her husband, Jason, in 2001. Mrs. Mendenhall, her husband, and her oldest son Clayton moved to Palestine, Illinois in 2005, and she began teaching in the Palestine School District at that time, teaching K-4 general music, Beginner band, and Junior High Choir and Band. She taught there until May of 2013, just after her youngest son Joseph was born. After two years working outside of education, she came to Lawrenceville to teach Elementary Music, Junior High and High School Choir in the Unit 20 School District. She loves spending time with her family, reading books, gardening, and show tunes.