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State choir 'life-changing' for Grandview seniors


Grandview Heights High School seniors Maddie Bolzenius and Jacob Wolfe are among 100 student vocalists from around the state selected to participate in the 2013 Ohio All-State Choir.

Their selection marks the first time in six years that Grandview was represented in the choir, vocal music teacher Andrew Grega said.

Grega said he encouraged the pair to apply for the choir "because they are such strong singers, I felt like they were ready for the experience and had a definite chance to make it."

Students submitted MP3 recordings of their singing last spring and judges made their selections over the summer, notifying students in the early fall, he said.

Bolzenius said it was amazing to find out she had been selected for the choir.

"I had no idea what I was getting into," she said. "There was a lot more to it than I would have thought," including regional rehearsals followed by rehearsals with the entire choir ahead of a Feb. 8 performance at the Ohio Music Educators Association convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

"It was almost a life-changing kind of experience," Bolzenius said. "I learned as much in the three days the whole choir was together as I probably have in three years" of participating in the Grandview Heights High School choir.

"Going into it, I thought it was just going to be singing in a choir," Wolfe said.

But being able to work under the direction of Joe Miller, the conductor of the renowned Westminster Choir and Westminster Symphonic Choir, was "one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had," he said. "He's such a great director."

It was fun to sing with other outstanding high school vocalists from all over Ohio, Wolfe said.

"It was odd at first meeting so many different people, but it all came together quickly," he said.

To be part of the magnificent sound the state choir made was a treat and an honor, Bolzenius said.

"I'm kind of sorry I'm a senior, because I would love to have the chance to have this experience again," she said.