Eight Warriors Selected for 2016 State Honors Music Project
The Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) State Honors Music Project is designed to provide musically talented students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation's finest conductors in a professional and highly disciplined setting. Students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the rehearsal period, which culminates with an inspired performance, celebrating the reach of music education statewide.
Auditions were held in seven sites across the state this past February. Out of the more than 1,600 auditions, 428 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 were invited to be part of the 2016 WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles. Four of those are Warriors:
Hannah DeYoung, alto – Treble Choir
Lucas Fischer, drums – Jazz Ensemble
Malorie Ottosen, clarinet - Band
Tate Rauman, bass – Mixed Choir
Auditions were also held last April for the 2016 WSMA Middle Level State Honors Music Project, and we have 4 current freshmen who were selected to participate:
Desiree Johnson, bass – Orchestra
Paterjah Lo, cello – Orchestra
Abby Schilling, alto - Choir
Allison Slaughter, alto - Choir
In addition, two West staff members have been selected to serve as section coaches. West Orchestra Director Kirsten Hornby is in her third year as the String Bass coach for the Middle Level Honors Orchestra, and West Choral Director Brad Burrill is in his first year as the Bass coach for the High School Honors Mixed Choir.
All Honors ensembles will perform at the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference in Madison, October 27-29, 2016. These concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians and are open to the public:
Honors Band & Orchestra Concert (Overture Hall, Madison) Thursday, October 27, 2016, 4:30 p
Honors Mixed Choir & Treble Choir Concert (Overture Hall, Madison) Thursday, October 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
Honors Jazz Ensemble Concert (Monona Terrace, Madison) Friday, October 28, 2016, 11:30 am
Middle Level Honors Concerts (Waunakee HS Performing Arts Center, Waunakee) Saturday, October 28, 2016, 1:00 pm – Band, 2:15 – Orchestra, 3:30 – Choir
NOTE: A purchased ticket can be used to attend ANY or ALL of the three separate Middle Level Honors Concerts that afternoon.