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WDC student performs with first-ever Minnesota High School Honors Choir

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Wadena-Deer Creek High School senior Justin Tucker was recently selected to perform with the first-ever Minnesota High School Honors Choir.

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Tucker was among 160 junior and seniors from across the state who were selected from CD auditions.

"Mr. Ortmann asked that I audition and I gladly did," explained Tucker, 18, who performs as a tenor with the WDC choir. "The Honors Choir gave us pre-determined songs to sing."

Tucker said it was an amazing experience to be around other students who "share his passion for music." The students were under the direction of composer Eric Whitacre, who wrote the majority of the music performed.

"It was awe-inspiring to be in the same room with a composer who is a pioneer in the classical music world today," Tucker said.

According to Tucker, Whitacre adapted poetry he had written to his wife, who originates from Israel, into romantic classical choral songs.

The Honors choir rehearsed and performed in downtown Minneapolis for three days earlier this year. The last day ended with a grand festival concert on the stage of Orchestra Hall.

Tucker has been involved in choir at WDC since ninth-grade under the direction of Mike Ortmann. Ortmann praises Tucker for his work ethic and his willingness to learn new music.

"The Honors Choir was a great opportunity given to Justin," Ortmann said. "He put a lot of work into the music and performances. This experience will help him for many years as he continues to be involved with music during his lifetime."

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