Two FHSD students named to Missouri All-State Children’s Choir

Posted on 01/25/2022

The Francis Howell School District is very proud to announce that two fifth-grade students have been selected to sing in the 2022 Missouri All-State Children’s Choir.

Evangeline Cairns and Brooklyn Howard attend different schools but are both excited for this opportunity to perform together.
Evangeline attends classes at Castlio Elementary and Brooklyn attends Independence Elementary.

Both girls are ten years old and come from musical families.  

“I started to fall in love with singing when I was in Kindergarten. My mom is a choir teacher and sang at church,” said Brooklyn. “I always thought it would be cool to get up on that stage and sing.” This is the first year

Brooklyn sang in her school’s choir. Evangeline has been playing the piano and flute in addition to using her voice.

“My parents are musicians. I started singing in the St. Louis Children’s Choir in first grade,” said Evangeline. “I really like Classical music.”

The All-State Children’s Choir is open to 4th- and 5th-grade students in Missouri. The choir is by audition only and is limited to the top 116 students from all over the state of Missouri.

To audition, students sang Happy Birthday without accompaniment (voice only) and in the key of their choice.

“We have six songs to learn and it’s pretty easy because they gave us recordings of the accompaniment and the notes that we are supposed to sing. So it’s been pretty easy to learn it,” said Evangeline.

The Missouri All-State Children’s Choir will perform at the 84th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference on January 26, 2022 at the Tan-Tar-A Conference Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

The MMEA Conference is a nationally recognized professional development event. In 2019, the conference featured 33 student ensembles, 65 sessions, 3,600 registrants and total foot traffic of more than 10,000 people. This conference brings music educators and students performing at all levels together to enjoy music.

Congratulations to Evangeline and Brooklyn!
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