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Patrick Baker, a junior vocal music education major, is one of 10 students from Illinois chosen to sing in the National Honors Choir of Men and Boys. The ensemble will go to New York City in February to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association.

"This is the highest honor I've ever received. I'm extremely excited about it," Baker said.

Last year, Baker sang in a regional ACDA Men's Honor Choir, and he participated in Michigan's state honor choirs while a student at Holland Christian High School. 

English composer Robert Chilcott will direct the national choir, consisting of 300 men and boys from throughout the United States. They will perform in front of 4000 directors of grade school, high school, college, and church choral groups. 

"To sing in a choir under such a well known conductor as Robert Chilcott is truly an honor," Baker said. "I hope this will open doors for me to sing in more prestigious, professional choirs. I would like to make this part of what I do for the rest of my life."

Baker is also a member of the concert choir and honors ensemble. He is the son of Mitchell and Elaine Baker of Holland, Michigan.

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