Playing Peoria: Four Vikings headed to ILMEA



Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School is proud to announce that four of its music students have been invited to participate in the 2017 Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Festival, set for Jan. 25-28 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria. Junior Allie Mangel of Homewood will perform on violin with the All-State High School Orchestra, senior James Rhyne of Homewood will perform on the clarinet with the All-State High School Band, and senior Christian Mayo of Homewood will sing as part of the All-State High School Honors Chorus. Junior Nacyla Mitchell of Flossmoor has been selected to be a part of the Future Music Educators Seminar at the festival, a unique program designed to provide information and inspiration to young people interested in pursuing a career as a professional music educator.

“We are very proud of these exceptional students,” says Dr. Von Mansfield, superintendent. “Their years of dedication and hard work in the classroom and during practices and performances — beginning in grade school — have earned them recognition as some of the best young musicians in the state of Illinois. They are fine examples of what our community’s commitment to fine arts education can help inspire and produce.”

Based in Palos Heights, the ILMEA exists to advocate for universal access to comprehensive music education,deliver exemplary professional development for educators and provide outstanding musical experiences for all Illinois learners facilitated by licensed music educators.