MOC-FV bassist returning to All-State

MOC-Floyd Valley senior Hannah Hulstein practices a selection of music in the high school's auditorium. She will make her fourth consecutive appearance at the Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert Nov. 20 in Ames.

ORANGE CITY—Hannah Hulstein will be among the small number of Iowa high school musicians who will stand up at the All-State Music Festival in recognition for qualifying four years in a row.

“I was a little surprised and very excited and honored to be able to go back and represent our school and our community,” said the senior at MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City who has played string bass since she was a third-grader.

Music always has been a big part of Hannah’s life, especially since her mother, Mary, used to teach instrumental music in the district.

She recalled how she and her siblings would sing and play musical instruments around their house while growing up. Hannah also remembered the first time she was exposed to the string bass in elementary school when orchestra director Laura Haverdink had high school musicians play for the younger grade levels.

“I saw the string bass and I heard it and I fell in love and I said ‘That’s the instrument I want to play,’” she said.

For the all-state auditions that took place last month in LeMars, Hannah practiced musical scales as well as the excerpts from the all-state orchestra concert and bass solo parts.

“Going into it, I wasn’t too nervous. I knew it was my fourth year. I try not to put too much pressure on myself because I knew God was in control and whatever it happened, glory to Him and it wasn’t on me,” she said. “I was just going to go in there and do my best.”

Haverdink spoke about her time working with Hannah in the district’s orchestra the past decade. Without hesitation, Haverdink said her pupil never gives a halfhearted effort in what she does but instead gives it her all.

“I’m supposed to be the one inspiring her — she inspires me,” Haverdink said. “She walks into our lessons, and like I said, I’m the one that’s supposed to be teaching and showing that I care and she’s the one asking, ‘How’s your day going?’ She’s just very caring and does not make it all about herself. It’s about others.”

Besides learning under Haverdink’s musical tutelage, Hannah has taken private bass lessons from John Casey, an instructor at Dordt University in Sioux Center and Northwestern College in Orange City.

“He finds little things for me to work on all the time. Even if they’re the tiniest little details that maybe I wouldn’t think about, he finds them and I grab a hold of it and I learn. I figure out ways to get better and improve on those things,” she said.

Besides playing in the high school orchestra, Hannah is part of the regional Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She also has participated in local and state honor orchestras, which are occasions that have given her fond memories through the years.

Her favorite part about performing live is seeing the audience’s reactions to the music.

“When you play those really soft moments, they lean in sometimes. You see that in the audience and you can just tell how they react,” Hannah said. “I think that’s really cool.”

Other musical activities she is involved in at MOC-Floyd Valley include playing trombone in band and jazz band and singing in the choir and chamber singers group. Hannah also participates in cross country, basketball, soccer, National Honor Society and student council and is involved with various church activities.

She plans to attend a four-year university to study animal science or business.


The top students in N’West Iowa’s high school bands, choruses and orchestras will perform at the 75th annual All-State Music Festival Concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

Auditions for musicians in Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties took place in October in LeMars.

Forty-nine students in N’West Iowa earned all-state honors this year. They were:


  • Matthew Langholdt, junior, bass, third year.
  • Anna Van Aartsen, junior, soprano, third year.
  • Anna Warntjes, junior, alto, second year.


  • Alice Boggs, freshman, viola, first year.
  •  Kaitlyn Bruinsma, junior, French horn, second year.
  • Aryana Dokter, junior, French horn, first year.
  • Madeline Heemstra, sophomore, viola, second year.
  • Maren Hettinga, senior, trumpet, first year.
  • Amanda Hulstein, junior, alto, first year.
  • Hannah Hulstein, senior, string bass, fourth year.
  • Hannah McCoppin, freshman, flute, first year.
  • Joyce Zheng, freshman, cornet, first year.


  • Anna Petersen, junior, clarinet, first year.


  • Ada Borer, senior, soprano, second year.
  • Valerie Cook, freshman, French horn, first year.
  • Claire Krogman, junior, soprano, first year.
  • Rachel Maggert, senior, alto, second year.


  • Garrett Atherton, junior, bass trombone, first year.
  • Morgan Huls, junior, flute, first year.
  • Jacob Nobles, junior, tenor, second year.
  • Carson Steichen, senior, euphonium, second year.
  • Tori Vande Hoef, senior, soprano, first year.


  • Jaedalyn De Goei, sophomore, alto, second year.
  • Reese Faber, junior, bass, third year.
  • William Hurst, junior, tenor, third year.
  • Annika Jahn, senior, alto saxophone, second year.
  • Ella Jahn, junior, trumpet, second year.
  • Katie TeStroete, junior, soprano, second year.
  • Micah Truesdell, junior, cello, third year.
  • Graham Vande Vegte, senior, tenor, first year.
  • Ashlyn Van Voorst, senior, alto, third year.


  • Brooke Meyer, freshman, clarinet, first year.
  • Belle Schiermeyer, senior, violin, first year.


  • Courtney Joiner, senior, clarinet, third year.
  • Tara Joiner, senior, cello, first year.
  • Isaac Krommendyk, junior, tenor, first year.
  • Kaeley Meyer, senior, violin, fourth year.
  • Jocelyn Muilenburg, sophomore, string bass, first year.
  • Casey Oolman, senior, violin, third year.
  • Laura Ross, sophomore, violin, first year.
  • JoyLyn Vande Berg, junior, viola, third year.
  • Emily Vande Zande, junior, French horn, first year.


  • Bradley Balster, junior, euphonium, second year.
  • Corey Hildring, senior, contra clarinet, first year.
  • Hannah Huyser, senior, tenor saxophone, second year.
  • Katrina Lombard, senior, alto, second year.
  • Jana Ter Wee, sophomore, alto, first year.
  • Blake Van Roekel, junior, cornet, first year.


  • Julia Veldman, senior, piano, first year.