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Wilton Teens Perform In All-State Music Festival

Wilton High School freshman Elliot Connors performs in the All-State Jazz Ensemble last week. Photo Credit: Contributed
Wilton High School musucuans Evaline Xie (back row, sixth from left) and Xavier Gilles (front row, fourth from right) last week performed in the All-State Choir in Hartford. Photo Credit: Contributed
Wilton's Chase Smith (front row, center) was one of three Wilton students performing in the All-State Chorus last week. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – Four Wilton High School musicians performed in the 2013 Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival last week.

Junior Chase Smith, sophomore Evaline Xie and freshman Xavier Gilles sang as members of the All-State Choir, while freshman Elliot Connors played trumpet in the All-State Jazz Ensemble.

Wilton resident Skye Andersen, a freshman at St. Luke's in New Canaan, also performed in the All-State Choir.

The festival was held Thursday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. To be considered for these ensembles, the students auditioned for and performed in the Connecticut Western Region Festival in January. A second-round of auditions was held in February to select the top musicians from across the state.

The chorus was conducted by Patrick Walders of San Diego State University. Ronald Carter of Northern Illinois University led the jazz ensemble.

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