Six West Linn High School students sing their way into All Northwest Choirs

In a competition representing six states and thousands of singers, six students from West Linn High School    have been chosen as members of the Men’s, Jazz and Youth All Northwest Honor Choir.

Stephanie Bell-Young, senior, will be the Soprano 2 in the NW Jazz Choir. Bell-Young is the only singer from Oregon in the 16-member ensemble. She was chosen from 300-400 other submissions for the Jazz Choir.

“I think becoming a part of the All Northwest Jazz Choir could potentially open up scholarships for me,” Bell-Young said. “It’s really going to expand my horizons as a musician.”

Mason Hergardt, sophomore, will be Tenor 1 in the NW Men’s Choir and Jacob Arrigotti, senior, will be Tenor 2 in the NW Men’s Honor Choir. Cade Guerins, freshman, Jake Luther, freshman, and Andrew Whitney, freshman, made it into the NW Youth Choir as Tenor 1, Tenor 2, and Bass 2 respectively. These five triumphed over about 800-1000 other submissions per each ensemble.

“It’s a big deal,” Luther, said. “It’s definitely a huge honor and I’m excited to be in the choir.”

Each singer had to submit a recording of him or her singing America, the Beautiful online to the American Choral Director’s Association. These submissions came from all across Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

“After being selected we will get some music to practice a couple months in advance, before practicing together for two days in Seattle,” Luther said.

Luther, along with the rest of the All Northwest Choirs, will be performing in Seattle in March 2014.