WHS student makes All State Choir
Last updated 3/2/2021 at 11:03am | View PDF
Matthew Kimminau, a student at Widefield High School, has been selected for the Colorado 2021 All State Choir. After the announcement, Kimminau said he was "truly elated."
"I first heard that I'd been selected for All State Choir on Monday, Feb. 8, as soon as school was over," Kimminau said. "I opened my email and saw a message from my choir director, Mrs. McDermott with the subject line that said 'Congratulations!' She told me that I made the All State Choir, and I burst out of my room and announced it to my family with a happy heart."
Kimminau comes from a musical background, with both parents singing as far back as he can remember and his father performing regularly in a church choir. Kimminau recalls that he's been singing from the time he could speak, and performing in choir groups from his earliest school years. Among other things, he was in the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale when he was in second grade, CSU Pueblo Honor Choir during his sophomore year of high school, and he currently serves as a student conductor and member of the Choir Council at Widefield High School.
With this extensive background, it's no surprise that Kimminau aimed to join the All State Choir.
"The audition process took a lot of practice," he said. "I practiced my solo, interval training, scales, triads, and many other things that I needed to know for the audition every day. When I was scheduled, I came to school and recorded my whole audition in a practice room and submitted it to the All State Choir Board."
Ultimately, COVID-19 restrictions meant that the usual All State Choir Festival wouldn't take place in April 2021. Colorado All State Choir initially delayed the festival, then on Oct. 27, 2020, they released the announcement that they wouldn't be able to hold the festival at all. The announcement included a note that "we would still like to offer the audition process for your students who are seeking accolades for their college resume and/or scholarship application and for the students who have already worked so hard to prepare their audition material."
Kimminau expressed his sadness at this announcement. However, he seems to have taken the news nobly, focusing on the honor of getting into the choir and his hopes for his music career.
"After high school, I intend to go to college and learn to become a music teacher," he said. "I hope to have as strong of an impact on my students as all of my music teachers have had on me. I want my students to have the same passion for music that I have and help to develop a strong love of music."
Kimminau wanted to thank the teachers and family members who helped him get to this point in his music career.
"I would first like to thank my mom and dad, for giving me my passion and love of music," he said. "Next, I would like to thank the rest of my family for always supporting me in all of my endeavors. I would also like to thank all of the music teachers I've had: Mrs. Craddock, Mr. Faires, Dr. Tovey, Mrs. Smith, Ms. Hamm, Ms. Acton, Mr. King, Mr. Larson, Mrs. McDermott, Ms. June and Mr. Loafman for forming me into the musician I am today. And I would also like to thank Cynthia Haworth for being an amazing aunt, accompanist, choir director, and friend. Lastly, I would like to thank God for giving me the gift of music and my ability to sing. Without those gifts I would not have made it into All State Choir."