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Cloquet senior sings her way to all-state


August 23, 2019

Kirsten Papas was in

vocal heaven earlier this month, surrounded by more than 100 "musical nerds" at all-state choir. Her words.

"You find out everyone is as much a nerd as you are," Papas said. "It's very welcoming. I think a lot of us had written ourselves off, but we found a rebirth there ... it's fun and not as difficult to be a good musician as people think."

Considered the top program of its kind across the nation, the Minnesota Music Educators Association's all-state music program is highly competitive. Nearly 1,500 students in high school bands, choirs, and orchestras audition in M...

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