Taylor Hardy, a student at Clarke Community High School, has attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high-school musicians by being selected as a member of the 2013 All-State Orchestra.
Hardy is the daughter of Dan and Tanya Hardy and a French horn student of Brad Lampe. She takes private lessons from Mike Peters in Creston.
The 2013 festival will celebrate the 67th anniversary of the prestigious event. District auditions for the 281-piece All-State Band, 201-piece All-State Orchestra and 602-member All-State Chorus were held Oct. 26 at Storm Lake, Hampton, Manchester, Harlan, Indianola and Fairfield.
Approximately 17 percent of the students who audition are selected for membership in the All-State ensembles.
Participants will rehearse in Ames Nov. 22 and 23, and the festival concert will be presented to the public at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University in Ames.
Iowa Public Television will record the concert for rebroadcast. Check the IPTV website www.iptv.org for the exact dates and times.
The program is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and Iowa Music Educators Association.
Tickets are $18 each and all seats are reserved. There are two ways tickets may be obtained for the Iowa All-State Festival Concert:
1) ISU Athletics ticket office — At the window, on sale 10 a.m. Oct. 28. The ticket office is located on the west side of the Jacobson Athletic Building in Ames. The ticket office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be a $6 per ticket handling fee.
2) Ticketmaster — Orders may be placed by phone, online at www.ticketmaster.com or at any Iowa Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are on sale 10 a.m. Oct. 28. The phone number is 1-800-745-3000. Ticketmaster will charge a per-ticket convenience fee.