Benda, Killoren picked for All-State Chorus

Two will participate in Festival Concert at Hilton Coliseum Nov. 17


LEE COUNTY - Keokuk High School sophomore, Carter Killoren, and Fort Madison senior Aiden Benda have attained the highest individual honors as Iowa high school musicians when they were selected as members of the 2023 All-State Chorus.
District Auditions for the 278-piece All-State Band, 214-piece All-State Orchestra, and 601-member All-State Chorus were conducted on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at various locations including Le Mars, Hampton, Independence, Atlantic, Indianola, and Washington. This year, 2,300 students auditioned for a place in the All-State ensembles, making it an extremely competitive selection process. Approximately 25% of the students who auditioned with Killoren and Benda were chosen for membership in the All-State ensembles. The All-State Festival is hosted by the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association to bring together the best of Iowa's high school musicians in a showcase of talents. The All-State Festival in 2023 is the 77th anniversary of the event. 
All-State Festival participants will gather for rehearsals in Ames on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, culminating with the Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Hilton Coliseum, at Iowa State University, in Ames.
Seats must be reserved and tickets for the All-State Festival Concert are $30 each, plus service fees. Tickets are on sale after 10 a.m., Oct. 24, at
The Festival will be broadcast by Iowa PBS, for broadcast dates go to For further information or inquiries, please contact Jason Woodley at Keokuk High School.
For more information on the festival or music at KHS, contact Jason Woodley at

All-State Chorus, Aiden Benda, Carter Killoren, Fort Madison High School, Keokuk High School, news, pen city current, education, choir, singing, students,


No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here