Fourteen Students Represent Tilghman at All State in Louisville


Alicia Durfee

This past weekend, several Paducah Tilghman students were able to be a part of the Kentucky Music Education Association’s All State choir. Through audition, these students were selected to be a part of an honor choir that performs in Louisville to showcase the skill of singers throughout the state. Seventeen students from Tilghman officially made the cut for auditions, but only fourteen were able to attend the three-day event.  

Upon attending the concert at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, you notice the excitement that floods the room as parents and students file in to claim their seats. It’s incredible to be able to witness and listen to the music sung by the students. My personal favorite is always the SATB choir. The voices of each singer harmonize beautifully with the works selected. I am always glad to be able to go and enjoy this event.  

The students who attend the event are always thrilled to be apart of such a great experience as well. Weslyn Durfee (11) has attend all state the last two years. “The All-State Choir is incredible to be apart of because you get to listen and train with singers from across the state who come together to create beautiful works of art. It changed my perspective on music and my choir back home. That connectedness is not something you get everyday,” she said.

Liam Black (11) has attend all state the last five years and said that “All state is a great experience and allows kids from all across the state to form friendships through a common interest and love for music.”

Addie Franklin (12) attended her last year at all state this year. She said, “I’ve been able to attend all state each year since the 6th grade, and it is a lot to say that this year was the best. I love being with such a select group of like-minded people in an environment that is perfect for learning and singing together. We work hard to not only put on amazing concerts, but we focus on musicianship and pieces of the art that it’s hard to do in a school setting. It was bittersweet having to say goodbye to all state choir this year but I’m so glad I’ve had the honor of participating all of those years.”  

Overall, the performance was incredible and holds a special place in the heart of those who are lucky enough to attend it. It has a lasting effect on the students who contribute the time and energy to giving their all in performing music.