Music in Rockford, an ‘All-State’ of mind

Rockford High School juniors Emilie Villaume (left) and Robert Bloom have been named to All-State musical status, Villaume for her singing and Bloom for his trumpet playing. (Sun staff photo by Linda Herkenhoff)

Rockford High School juniors Emilie Villaume (left) and Robert Bloom have been named to All-State musical status, Villaume for her singing and Bloom for his trumpet playing. (Sun staff photo by Linda Herkenhoff)

The Rockford High School’s music program adds two more names to its distinguished list of accomplished musicians. Juniors Emilie Villaume and Robert Bloom recently have been accepted into the prestigious All-State club.

Villaume has been named to the All-State Women’s Choir after auditioning with a recording of “Lo! Here the Gentle Lark” from the opera “Comedy of Errors.” She chose the piece because she liked it and because it challenged her.

Although she considers herself a soprano, this piece includes notes that require her to reach higher than usual. She is vocally coached by Dan Henjim and supported by her family which tends, she says, to be more sporty than she. She may be the musical one rather than the star athlete, she concedes, but her family is never tired of listening to her sing. That is, when she’s not playing the flute, which she has studied at Rockford since the fifth grade.

Villaume says music is big part of her life and plans on keeping it that way. She is considering studying Vocal and Music Education after high school, possible at Northwestern in Illinois. This August, she will participate in a weeklong camp at Concordia College and later perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Clinic Performance.

Bloom auditioned for the All-State Band last year and kept on practicing even though he didn’t make the cut. Perseverance has it rewards, and Bloom and his trumpet have been invited to participate in the All-State Orchestra this year, a step up from the band, with fewer trumpets and a bigger presence. Bloom plays the euphonium at RHS and has been a band member since fourth grade. He participated in every band the high school has to offer, including RHs Jazz Band. He studies privately under Manny Laureano, the principal trumpet of the Minnesota Orchestra as well as co-artistic director of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies.

Bloom expects to keep playing in college but doesn’t see music as a profession. At this point, he sees engineering in his future but isn’t sure where he’ll be studying it.

Like Villaume, he will go off to music camp for a week this summer  – to the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph – and will also perform at the same MMEA event.

 

 

 

 

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