After a full day of rehearsals, over 500 high school students from across the state gathered in separate Women's and Men's Honor Choirs for an afternoon concert in Abravanel Hall in downtown Salt Lake City, on Saturday, January 22.
Sponsored by the Utah Music Educators Association, the Women's Honor Choir was conducted this year by retired choir teacher, Tana Esplin (Juab High School) and the Men's Honor Choir was conducted by Justin Bills, the Director of Choirs at Salem Hills High School and accompanied by John Sargeant, Principal Accompanist at Salem Hills.
This year's performance marks the restart of the decades-long Honor Choir tradition in Utah, which was paused in 2021 due to COVID-related concerns.
Leslie Walker, choir director from Springville High School, said of the event, "In comparison with other honor choir groups, this group was especially on fire--full of enthusiasm. I think it was partly because they appreciated being there more than other years because of the pandemic. They all had a great experience with the conductors and with singing together."
Eighty high school students from Nebo School District participated in the choirs this year! Nebo is so proud of our students and teachers for all their talent and service. Thank you for being Nebo Heroes!!
Maple Mountain High School – Braden Rymer, director
Madeline Bell, Maelee Croshaw, Anna Giboney, Kaleb Hales, Brendyn Hiatt, Koen Hill, Logan Jackson, Annie Martineau, Ellie Mason, Elsa McCown, Will Murri, Olivia Okerlund, Tate Robertson, Autumn Samson, Clayton Smith, Megan Smith, Ana Stokes, Joshua Udy
Payson High School – Marilyn Morgan, director
Siboney Becerril-Bishop, Brylie Black, Alysha Child, Alex Cowie, Emily Faux, Amanda Johnson, Macin Kuester, Reagan McKenna, Whitney Nielson, Brandt Peterson, Maya Sorenson, Steven Ward, Allie Young
Salem Hills High School – Justin Bills, director
Hannah Anderson, Daniel Baird, Zane Bergstrom, Parker Betts, Jaren Carlile, Hunter Casperson, Chloe Christensen, Jacob Cook, Matthew Cox, Allison Crawford, William Hansbrow, Ellie Hine, Taylor Holdaway, Braden Horrocks, Rebecca Koyle, Kayden Labrum, James Levie, Finley Lewis, Michael Lubben, Lana Marks, Ceirra McBride, Ethan McBride, Kambell McPhail, Camie Mehl, Joshua Miles, Phillip Nelson, Adam Nielson, Dallin Peterson, Karadyn Sandberg, Samantha Shaurgaard, Christian Shuler, Jacob Spangler, Keller Sinson, Lilly Stratton, Millie Taylor, Preston Wallentine, Isaac Webster, Emma Wilcox
Springville High School – Leslie Walker, director
Kate Christensen, Seybrielle Dulin, Lilli Kilpack, Kaden Martindale, Lewis Miller, Sylvia Orme, Emma Payne, Azulene Pazmino, Camrie Snapp, Adria Young
Payson High School Choir Members in the lobby of Abravanel Hall
Salem Hills High School Choir Students outside Abravanel Hall
Justin Bills Conducting the 2022 UMEA Utah Men's Honor Choir
SHHS Choir Director Justin Bills checking sound before concert