Twenty-nine students selected for ILMEA’s prestigious music festival

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The Illinois Music Education Association, or ILMEA, selected 29 Downers Grove Grade School District 58 students to participate in the District 1 Junior Concert Festival at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Illinois, on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

The ILMEA Festival takes place each year and features talented musicians from across Illinois selected by audition. This year, the students participated in a virtual audition process. 

Students will participate in a day-long festival experience with over 500 student musicians from this area. The rehearsals and performance will be led by master educators and conductors in the fields of Orchestra, Choir, and Band.

Congratulations to the following District 58 students selected to perform in the ILMEA District 1 Junior Music Festival:


  • Mackenzie Ashcraft - Junior Band Bb Clarinet
  • Sam Brockway - Junior Orchestra Cello
  • Abby DeCicco - Junior Orchestra Viola
  • Hannah Esslinger - Junior Chorus Soprano
  • Charlotte Garst - Junior Jazz Band II Jazz Drum Set
  • Maria Gouriotis - Junior Orchestra Violin
  • Audrey Graves - Junior Orchestra Viola
  • Corinna Irvin - Junior Band Oboe
  • Joshua Kopenec - Junior Chorus Tenor
  • Ava Kuether - Junior Orchestra Violin
  • Fiona Leion - Junior Chorus Alto
  • Adrian Leion - Junior Orchestra Viola
  • Quinn McCloud - Junior Orchestra Violin
  • Tessa Murphy - Junior Band Bb Clarinet
  • Emily Weingust - Junior Band Tuba


  • Daniel Andreshak - Junior Orchestra Cello
  • Ingrid Baker - Junior Jazz Band I Jazz Tenor Sax
  • Taylor Bakula - Junior Orchestra Violin
  • Carla Bolton - Junior Orchestra Cello
  • Michael Breier - Junior Chorus Tenor
  • Jurate Davies - Junior Band Percussion
  • Siobhan Diaz - Junior Chorus Alto
  • Herbert Eli Dojoles - Junior Orchestra Viola
  • Ethan Figueroa - Junior Chorus Tenor
  • Kasey Ganger - Junior Chorus Soprano
  • Logan Harris - Junior Chorus Alto
  • Gretchen Haselhorst - Junior Band French Horn
  • Ethan Miller - Junior Band Euphonium
  • Eleanor Shifley - Junior Orchestra Violin