Two Paris High School students are among the hundreds of talented musicians from throughout the state selected to perform this weekend at the annual Illinois Music Educators Association conference in …
Two Paris High School students are among the hundreds of talented musicians from throughout the state selected to perform this weekend at the annual Illinois Music Educators Association conference in Peoria.
PHS juniors Max Moody and Shayleigh Cline spent Thursday and Friday auditioning and rehearsing ahead of the All-State Concert featuring the chorus, orchestra and bands. That concert is set from 1-2:30 p.m.
The daughter of Chad and Carol Cline — Shayleigh is also a gifted instrumentalist and a longtime member of the Coon Holler Kids. She was selected as a member of the All-State Chorus. She was selected for the honor based on her audition before judges at the ILMEA District 5 meeting late in 2019. She serves as one of the drum majors in the PHS band and Beacon Brigade and is also active in the PHS drama program.
Moody, the son of Jeff and Stephanie Moody, is attending his second all-state weekend, having been chosen as a sophomore. Moody, a talented French horn player, was selected third chair in the all-state orchestra, following his audition in Peoria. He was first chair at the district concert the past two years.
Then band director Ashley Fenolio encouraged Moody to select the French horn as his instrument. Moody praised former band director Gus Johnson as well as PHS director Kevin Pruiett and assistant PHS director Jessica Hendrickson, who specialized in the French horn. “She’s given me a lot of extra help,” Moody said. He noted many of the students from the Chicago suburbs have private teachers or attend a special music school.
Moody said at the 2019 ILMEA, he didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to talk to the judges, who have their backs turned away from the musicians who are auditioning. “It’s unnerving,” he laughed. “I spoke during auditions and that’s a no-no. This year, I’m silent.”
Although he’s a gifted musician — who is also active in the PHS drama productions — Moody doesn’t plan a music career, instead opting for dentistry.