Izaya Taylor, a senior at Bellingham High School, auditioned for the All-National Honor Ensemble this year and was accepted in the “Mixed Choir” division. He will travel to Nashville, Tenn. at the end of October.
Izaya auditioned for and was accepted into the Washington All-State Choir his sophomore year. Last year, Taylor auditioned for and participated in the All-Northwest Choir which included students from six different states. The National Association for Music Educators (NAFME) began contacting students who sang in the All-Northwest Choir and asked these participants to audition for the All-National Honor Ensemble.
For his audition, Izaya had to choose a two-minute song of the classical genre. He chose to sing “Wohin” by Franz Schubert. You can view his audition here.
“I wanted to go out with a bang my senior year so I thought why not go to the next level. I set up a GoFundMe account online, and with the help of friends and family, I was able to raise enough money within the month,” said Izaya.
The $600 cost for housing, meals, music and airfare can be a burden for some students who want to participate in the national choir.
Izaya hopes to bring all of the techniques he learns while attending the National Mixed Choir, back to the program at Bellingham High School, so they can bring home another state championship. Last year the Showstoppers were able to compete and win first place at the state solo/ensemble contest.
After high school, Izaya said would like to attend a university and continue his training in music and vocals.
The All-National Honor Ensemble will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center from Oct. 25-28. The ensembles will perform in Nashville, Tenn., under a myriad of leaders in the field of music education.