EPHS Singers Receive Honors from Illinois Music Education Association

ILMEA District 1 honorees

Six EPHS students were recently named by the Illinois Music Education Association as among the top choral singers in ILMEA District 1, which covers several Chicago-area counties, including Cook. Back row from left: Jochelle Meigh Quijano, Roy Zuniga and Julia Seabron. Front row from left: Bella Butler, Olivia Shipinski and Zoe Rice. (District 401 photo by Dave Porreca)


Six Elmwood Park High School students have earned recognition for their singing abilities from the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA).

Congratulations to the following students, who were selected as among the top choral singers in ILMEA District 1, which covers several Chicagoland counties, including Cook County:

► ILMEA District 1 — Senior Chorus

  • Julia Seabron, 12th grade

► ILMEA District 1 — 9/10 Honor Choir

  • Bella Butler, 9th grade 
  • Jochelle Meigh Quijano, 10th grade
  • Zoe Rice, 9th grade
  • Olivia Shipinski, 9th grade
  • Roy Zuniga, 10th grade 

"It's a way of saying you’re among the best musicians in the state," said EPHS music teacher and choir director Mr. Grant McEachern of the ILMEA honors. 

"When a student is selected and nominated by a teacher or when they audition and make it, in both cases it's a sign that you’re among the best musicians and that you have the confidence of your director to represent your school.”

To be selected for Senior Chorus, Julia had to submit an audition tape featuring her singing several numbers a cappella style. The audition tape also included her singing scales to demonstrate her vocal range and her understanding of music theory.

To be selected for 9/10 Honor Choir, the other EPHS students had to be nominated by their choir director, Mr. McEachern.

All six students will perform in their respective ILMEA District 1 choral groups on Nov. 20 in Elmhurst.

The 9/10 Honor Choir will perform at York High School beginning at noon.

The Senior Chorus will perform in Elmhurst University’s Faganel Hall beginning at 1:45 p.m. and will be conducted by Kimberly Dunn Adams of Western Michigan University.

Congratulations again to all!


ILMEA District 1 Honorees


The following photos were taken Nov. 15 and 16 in Mr. Grant McEachern's EPHS choir classes, with the exception of the final photo, which was taken in the EPHS auditorium on Nov. 12. All photos are by D401 web/media specialist Dave Porreca (click images for larger view).


Illinois Music Education Association honoree

ABOVE: Julia Seabron, named to ILMEA District 1's Senior Chorus.


Illinois Music Education Association honoree

ABOVE: Bella Butler, named to ILMEA District 1's 9/10 Honor Choir.


Illinois Music Education Association honoree

ABOVE: Jochelle Meigh Quijano, named to ILMEA District 1's 9/10 Honor Choir.


Illinois Music Education Association honoree

ABOVE: Zoe Rice, named to ILMEA District 1's 9/10 Honor Choir.


Illinois Music Education Association honoree

ABOVE: Olivia Shipinski, named to ILMEA District 1's 9/10 Honor Choir.


Illinois Music Education Association honoree

ABOVE: Roy Zuniga, named to ILMEA District 1's 9/10 Honor Choir.


Illinois Music Education Association honoree

ABOVE: Grant McEachern, EPHS Choir Director.


Illinois Music Education Association honorees

ABOVE: Back from left are Jochelle Meigh Quijano, Roy Zuniga and Julia Seabron. Front row from left are Bella Butler, Olivia Shipinski and Zoe Rice. 


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