COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Students Shine at State Solo & Ensemble

MHS students performed at UW Platteville on Saturday, April 27, 2018, in the State Solo/Ensemble Festival. Congratulations to each of the performers on their dedication to practice and their excellence in musicianship.

10 MHS students were recognized with the WSMA Exemplary Performance Recognition Award for their solos and 16 additional MHS student soloists were nominated for this award. WSMA also gave Exemplary Performance Recognition Awards to ensembles. One MHS ensemble received a WSMA Exemplary Performance Recognition Award and five additional ensembles were nominated for this award.

Throughout the festival day, adjudicators have an opportunity to nominate performers whose performance was truly exceptional– beyond what is typically expected for this age group. At the end of the day, each adjudicator selects up to two of the most exceptional performances to receive the Exemplary Performance Recognition Award from among those nominated.

Special congratulations to these MHS students earning a 2018 Exemplary Performance Recognition Award:

 

Alex Ashley

Joseph Choi

Ethan Ewer
Mary Hsu
Yale Huang

Saemee Kim
Ben Petersen

Rohan Shah

Sanjay Suresh

Luke Whittingham

Susanna Zheng

Emma Kostecki, Abby Mangas, Grace Madigan, Ella Hursh

...and congratulations also to these MHS students who were nominated:

Max Balasubramaniam

Sophia Bote
Lucy Croasdale
Ben Fagre

Ben Foster

Jonah Guse

Nick Hinz
Ella Hursh
Abby Mangas

Taylor Nordeng

Hanna Noughani

Sophia Patton

Amanda Roesch

Greg Scheer

Andrew Stine

Jenna Wagner

Meghna Datta, Mary Hsu, Shruti Parthasarathy, Marcus Knoke

Ella Hursh
Luke Whittingham

Saemee Kim

Susanna Zheng

Luke Whittingham
Max Balasubramaniam

Erik Stewart
Jenna Wagner
Sophia Bote
Logan Frey
Ben Fagre
Nick Hinz

Nikki Yu, Jonah Guse, Henry Gruett, Vivian Wagner

Students Receive High Honors

Middleton High School, the Wisconsin School Music Association and the High School State Honors Staff would like to congratulate each of the MHS music students who have been invited to be a member of the 2019 High School State Honors Project. Each of these students auditioned for an ensemble in the WSMA State Honors Music Project in February.

Students selected for the WSMA State Honors Music Project participate in a 3 1⁄2 day summer camp in June and perform in Madison during late October as part of the Wisconsin State Music Conference. The WSMA State Honors Music Project is nationally recognized as one of the finest musical opportunities for young people. Congratulations to these students:

Alex Ashley
Max Balasubramaniam

Erica Collin
Aria Djamali
Jonathan Downs
Jude Fleischman
Ben Foster
Holly Fullerton
Kyra Ginsberg
Jonah Guse
Ella Hursh
Jack Ohly
Akshita Pattnaik

Sophia Patton
Noah Petersen
Abhav Soni
Andrew Stine
Katie Stockhausen

Amanda Zhu

MHS Jazz Soloists & Mr. Doug Brown Recognized

From the MCPASD website:

Four MHS students and director Doug Brown were recently recognized by Essentially Ellington.

Soloists Jonathan Downs (saxophone), Jack Ohly (trombone), Andrew Stine (saxophone), and Althea Wincek (piano) were recognized for their dedication and musical achievement as outstanding soloists in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band program for distinguished performances on their recording for the 24th Annual Competition and Festival. Brown received a merit award for his outstanding directing.  

The 7 O’Clock Jazz Band is a finalist in this year’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition, which will be held in New York on May 9-11, along with 14 other finalists. To learn more, please visit the Essentially Ellington or MHS BOPA websites.

You can also read more about the jazz band being selected on the District website.

Congratulations to the MHS Trumpet Ensemble!

Congratulations to the Middleton HS Trumpet Ensemble Students who competed in the Pre-College Ensemble Division for the 2019 National Trumpet Competition at the University of Kentucky on March 16, 2019.

 

The Middleton High School Trumpet Ensemble is comprised of six student musicians who competed against eleven other pre-college ensembles, marking the inaugural appearance of a Middleton High School Trumpet Ensemble performing at a national competition!

 

A panel of professional trumpet players selected the MHS ensemble in January based on an unedited video of their performance. MHS made the final cut of the top twelve performers in their respective division. Student ensemble members are sophomore Alex Ashley; senior Abby Burns; junior Kyra Ginsberg; senior Ben Petersen; senior Rachel Roberson; and senior Alexis Stahnke.

 

Led by Halie Brown, the ensemble performed “An Olcott Overture!” by Eric Ewazen. 

 

Among the other ensembles represented at the 2019 competition were groups form Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Washington, Oklahoma and Maryland.

 

 

To learn more, please visit the National Trumpet Competition website.

Congratulations to the Seven O'Clock Jazz Band!

From the MCPASD website:

The MHS 7 O'Clock Jazz Band was selected as one of 15 finalists to perform at the 24th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz  Band Competition & Festival in New York on May 9-11.

This is a huge honor,'' MHS principal Steve Plank said. "To be selected as one of the best 15 jazz ensembles in the country is an incredible achievement. It's also a wonderful learning opportunity for our students."

The bands were selected from a competitive pool of 112 after submitting recordings of three tunes performed from the Essentially Ellington library. While in New York, the MHS students will participate in workshops, jam sessions and sectionals before competing for top honors. A concert and awards ceremony will take place featuring the top three bands alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The MHS jazz band is directed by Doug Brown. Members include:

Woodwinds: Max Newcomer, Ben Foster, Amanda Roesch, Jonathan Downs, Lucy Croasdale and Andrew Stine
Trumpets: Ben Petersen, Rachel Roberson, Alexis Stahnke and Kyra Ginsberg
Trombones: Jack Ohly, Tyler Huff, Greg Scheer and Aaron Stettner
Rhythm: Charlotte Buck (vocals), Rohan Shah (guitar), Althea Wincek (piano), Aaron Brenton (bass), Logan Frey (drums), and Jude Fleischmann (drums)

Two of the other 14 finalists are from the Big Eight Conference: Beloit Memorial and Sun Prairie. The other finalists are: Denver School of the Arts, Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Foxboro (Mass.) High School, Garfield High School (Seattle), Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, Wash.), Neward Academy (Livingston, N.J.), Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, Calif.), Roosevelt High School (Seattle), San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Tarpon Springs (Fla.) High School, Philharmonic Association (Raleigh, N.C.), and William H. Hall High School (West Hartford, Conn.).

''Essentially Ellington shows off America’s young people at their best,'' Jazz at the Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis said in a statement. "High school students from across this nation have worked tirelessly on the highest quality of our orchestral music. They’ve met the challenge of mastering vocal effects on horns, of improvising fresh, new individual ideas, and of swinging, which means embracing and nurturing the common ground, and in these divisive times, it’s important to teach and celebrate our most scared values: freedom of speech, empathetic listening, and constructive engagement with others. These kids have a lot to teach us. I’m looking forward to hearing them play, and to being instructed and inspired by them.

"Duke Ellington envisioned the unlimited creative possibilities afforded to all of us by our way of life. This musician shared that vision and made it real. This is the banner under which we fight. It more enlightened and engaged America.''

Visit the Jazz website to read the news release. Check out the Jazz Academy section to learn more about the program.

 

Trumpet Recital - Wednesday, February 6 from 4-5pm

Jean Laurenz is an eclectic musician who loves variety and collaboration. As a performer, Jean has enjoyed appearances with Adele,The Hanson Brothers,The Boston Pops, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Her favorite genre is chamber music and she frequents this arena with innovative ensembles including Seraph Brass, The Knights, A Far Cry, Alarm Will Sound, and with Carnegie Hall’s resident fellow chamber group, Ensemble Connect.

Jean is also a vocalist and stage performer who enjoys multi-dimensional artistic performances which combine theater, singing, trumpet, and visual arts. She will appear with the Knights in the theatrical production of “The Head and The Load”, and has toured Europe with Lucerne Festival’s dance and theatrical production of Divamania. As a vocalist, she has performed the national anthem and other musical services at most major Chicagoland sporting arenas, including performances with the Cubs, The White Sox, and the Chicago Fire. Jean holds degrees in trumpet performance and Choral Education from Yale University and Northwestern University. She is a passionate educator, social activist, and Teaching Artist. Her work with Handel and Haydn Society and Carnegie Hall has connected her to public school students in Boston and the Bronx who have helped shape her artistic perspective. Jean has curated Children’s shows for both Carnegie Hall and The Boston Symphony, and she is a current META Fellow. When she is not performing or teaching, she shares her passion as a youth coach at her local climbing gym.

Congratulations to the Concerto Aria Winners!

Without question, it is wonderful to hear an evening filled with so many excellent performances by students here at MHS.All of the participants in this year’scompetition are to be commended for their dedication and hard work—every one of them should be proud of his or her accomplishments. The judges commented on the great number of excellent performances. It was mentioned that most schools would be pleased to have merely a fraction of the musicians who appeared last night at our auditions. Middleton High School and your community are honored to have you here. The MHS Music Department extends our congratulations to all performers—you are all winners!

MCPASD Students Qualify for the National Trumpet Competition

January 20, 2019

Middleton HS Trumpet Ensemble Students Advance to the Pre-College Ensemble Division for the 2019 National Trumpet Competition in Lexington, KY

 

 

The Middleton High School Trumpet Ensemble is comprised of six student musicians will compete against eleven other pre-college ensembles March 14-16 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, marking the inaugural appearance of a Middleton High School trumpet ensemble performing at a national competition.

A panel of professional trumpet players selected the MHS ensemble in January based on an unedited video of their performance. MHS made the final cut of the top twelve performers in their respective division. Student ensemble members are sophomore Alex Ashley; senior Abby Burns; junior Kyra Ginsberg; senior Ben Petersen; senior Rachel Roberson; and senior Alexis Stahnke.

Led by Halie Brown, the ensemble will perform “An Olcott Overture!” by Eric Ewazen. From the composer: "An Olcott Overture! is dedicated to my friend and publisher of several of my trumpet ensemble works, James Olcott. Stylistically and harmonically, the piece shows my Eastern European heritage, with rhythms that are in mixed meters and a texture which is gutsy and rustic. The bright, brilliant sound of the trumpet is yet another inspiration to me, with the sound of resonant fanfares and rich chords creating a heroic and celebratory sound."

Among the other ensembles represented at the 2019 competition are groups form Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Washington, Oklahoma and Maryland.

 

Best of luck to all the MCPASD students who will compete in the National Trumpet Competition in March 2019 at the University of Kentucky!​

To learn more, please visit the National Trumpet Competition website.

Congratulations, Mr. Brown!

January 18, 2019

The Board of Education recognized three staff members who are finalists for 2019 Kohl Eduational Foundation awards at its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 14.

Kromrey fifth-grade teacher Carol Pincombe and MHS band teacher Doug Brown are finalists in the Teacher Fellowship Program, while West Middleton principal Katrina Krych is a finalists for the Principal Leadership Award.

Since 2015, six MCPASD staff  members -- Glacier Creek special education teacher Tim Ashe (2015), MHS and Kromrey German teacher Jolene Wochenske (2015), Kromrey principal Steve Soeteber (2016), MHS orchestra teacher Steve Kurr (2017), Glacier Creek band teacher Jeanne Hammes (2017) and Glacier Creek sixth-grade teacher Rhonda Veroeven -- have received Kohl Educational Foundation awards.

This year's recipients will be announced in late March or early April.

Courtesy of www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us

Orchestra will appear on the NBC15 Sounds of the Season Program

NBC15 Sounds of the Season Program recorded our very own MHS Orchestra! 

 

The performance will air on Christmas Eve at 10 pm and Christmas Day at 6 am. It will also be available to view online at nbc15.com/features/soundsoftheseason within a week after it airs.

You can also see many other MHS musicians who are members of the WYSO Youth Orchestra!

Middleton High School’s 7 O’Clock Jazz Band Performs at UW Madison’s 2018 Jazz Fest

Middleton High School’s 7 O’Clock Jazz Band Performs at UW Madison’s 2018 Jazz Fest

 

Madison, Wisconsin – December 1st, 2018 –

 

On Saturday, December 1st, Middleton High School’s 7 O’Clock Jazz Band, directed by Doug Brown, performed at the 2018 UW Madison Jazz Fest.  The 7 O’Clock Jazz Band spent the day learning and performing alongside jazz musicians from Madison West, Madison Memorial, and UW Madison. All players were able to work with the Jazz Fest clinicians in ensemble clinics, improvisation clinics, and sectional coaching.  

 

This year’s guest artist was Dave Stamps, Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.  Stamps is an active trombonist and composer-arranger and was able to work with the bands and give them feedback and advice on their playing. The Jazz Fest culminated with a Saturday evening performance at Music Hall that featured the three high school jazz bands along with the UW Jazz Orchestra and Professor Stamps.  


 

Middleton 7 O’Clock Jazz Band

Doug Brown, director

 

Woodwinds

Max Newcomer, Ben Foster, Amanda Roesch, Jonathan Downs, Lucy Croasdale, Andrew Stine

Trumpets

Ben Petersen, Rachel Roberson, Alexis Stahnke, Kyra Ginsberg

Trombones

Jack Ohly, Tyler Huff, Greg Scheer, Aaron Stettner

Rhythm

Charlotte Buck, vocals, Rohan Shah, guitar, Althea Wincek, piano, Aaron Brenton, bass, Logan Frey, drums, Jude Fleischmann, drums

2018 - Percussive Arts Society High School Solo International Convention

Congratulations to the Middleton High School Band students who received many awards at the 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, IN - the world's largest drum and percussion event! 

 

Students participated in masterclasses, lessons, and viewed presentations from leading percussionists from around the world. At PASIC, students  perform for panels of judges and compete with students from all over the U.S. on a number of marching and concert percussion instruments.

 

Middleton High School is proud to announce its PASIC  winners: 

 

Marimba

Ben Fagre - 7th Place

Luke Whittingham - 12th Place

Max Balasubramaniam - 13th Place

Jenna Wagner  - 14th Place

Sophia Bote - 15th Place

Nick Hinze  - 16th Place

Brandon Dunk - 20th Place

 

Timpani

Max Balasubramaniam 1st Place

Bas de Waart - 2nd Place

Annie Warriner - 3rd Place

 

Multiple Percussion

Logan Frey - 1st Place

Alex LaCour - 2nd Place

Middleton High School took 5th Place in the High School Chamber Percussion Ensemble Competition. The participants were: 

Luke Whittingham
Erik Stewart
Max Balasubramaniam
Jenna Wagner
Sophia Bote
Nick Hinze
Logan Frey
Ben Fagre

Winds of Wisconsin

Congratulations to 14 Middleton High Schoolband students who have been accepted, through an audition process, into the Winds of Wisconsin (WoW), a premier high school wind ensemble on the UW-Madison campus! Winds of Wisconsin is associated with the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Music and is

conducted by Scott Teeple, Associate Professor of Music at UW-Madison.

 

The following students will be in the 2018-2019 Winds of Wisconsin ensemble: 

 

Ella  Hursh, flute
Zinnia Nie, flute

Hanna Noughani, oboe

Susanna  Zheng, clarinet
Sophia Patton, clarinet

Abhav Soni, clarinet

Tasha Kinne, clarinet

Aaron Brenton, bassoon

Andrew Stine, saxophone

Jonathan Downs, saxophone

Amanda Roesch, tenor saxophone

Kyra Ginsberg, trumpet

Max Balasubramaniam, percussion

Luke Whittingham, percussion

 

Winds of Wisconsin is composed of a select group of Wisconsin high school wind and percussion instrumentalists who perform traditional and contemporary wind band literature. The purposes of WoW are to provide outstanding young musicians an opportunity to learn wind literature of the highest quality, to work with faculty who have made music education of youth a top priority and to make lifelong connections with others who share a love and passion for music.

 

The wind ensemble performs high quality band repertoire and will be performing concerts on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm in a joint concert with the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble. The Winds of Wisconsin will also perform on Sunday,  March 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm in Mills Concert Hall, Humanities Building.

Concerts are general admission and free of charge; no tickets are required. All are welcome. 

For more information, you may visit the Winds of Wisconsin website at: www.continuingstudies.wisc.edu/wow/

 

Jazz Saxophonists Recognized for Performance

Lucy Croasdale, Jonathan Downs, Max Newcomer,  Amanda Roesch, and Andrew Stine were featured in the September 3, 2018 Wisconsin State Journal announcing their September 5 performance at the Jazz at Five concert series. Originally scheduled for the State Capitol, it was relocated to The Coliseum Bar due to persistent rain. 

 

"The students played for a large and enthusiastic audience,'' said Sarah Stine. "Many thanks to Laurie Lang for organizing, and to MHS band directors Doug Brown, Mike VerVoort and Eric Rothacker for teaching and inspiring our students each day.''​​

Students Shine at State Solo & Ensemble Festival

MHS students performed in 180 music events at UW Platteville on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in the State Solo/Ensemble Festival. 132 of these events placed first at this level. Congratulations to each of the performers on their dedication to practice and their excellence in musicianship.

10 MHS students were recognized with the WSMA Exemplary Performance Recognition Award for their solos and 13 additional MHS student soloists were nominated for this award. New this year, WSMA also gave Exemplary Performance Recognition Awards to ensembles. One MHS ensemble received a WSMA Exemplary Performance Recognition Award and five ensembles were nominated for this award.

Throughout the festival day, adjudicators have an opportunity to nominate performers whose performance was truly exceptional– beyond what is typically expected for this age group. At the end of the day, each adjudicator selects up to two of the most exceptional performances to receive the Exemplary Performance Recognition Award from among those nominated.

Special congratulations to these MHS students earning a 2018 Exemplary Performance Recognition Award:

Felicity Cole, Alto Sax
Meghna Datta, Violin
Ava DeCroix, Music Theater
Ella Hursch, Flute
Sam Jaeger, Marimba
Max Newcomer, Jazz Woodwind Improvisation Maureen Sheehan, Viola
Andrew Stine, Alto Sax
Jenna Wagner, Marimba
Luke Wittingham, Marimba
Grace Madigan and Hanna Noughani, Woodwind Duet

Congratulations also to these students who were nominated for this prestigious award: Andrew Allen, Jazz Piano and Piano
Mia Chapman, Violin
Jonathan Downs, Alto Sax

Ben Fagre, Vibraphone Ben Foster, Alto Sax Calvin Guse, Viola Mary Hsu, Viola

Abby Mangas, Flute
Thorne Powers, Trumpet
Rohan Shah, Classical Guitar
Abhav Soni, Piano
Jaimie Williamson, Trumpet
Calvin Guse and Maureen Sheehan, Viola Duet
Ella Hursh and Luke Whittingham, Flute/Percussion Duet
Andrew Allen, Susanna Zheng and Saemee Kim, Clarinet Trio
Max Newcomer, Holly Essert, Felicity Cole and Andrew Stine, Saxophone Quartet Max Balasubramaniam, Ben Fagre, Sophia Bote, Jenna Wagner, Percussion Quartet

Students Receive High Honors

MHS Students Invited into WSMA State Honors Music Ensembles

Middleton High School, the Wisconsin School Music Association and the High School State Honors Staff would like to congratulate each of the MHS music students who have been invited to be a member of the 2018 High School State Honors Project. Each of these students auditioned for an ensemble in the WSMA State Honors Music Project in February. 20 MHS students were selected for one of the honors ensembles and five additional students were chosen as alternates.

Students selected for the WSMA State Honors Music Project participate in a 3 1⁄2 day summer camp in June and perform in Madison during late October as part of the Wisconsin State Music Conference. The WSMA State Honors Music Project is nationally recognized as one of the finest musical opportunities for young people.

Congratulations to these students:

Back row, Left to Right: Ben Petersen, trumpet (Band), Eric Lee, violin (Orchestra), Meghna Datta, violin (Orchestra), Susanna Zheng, clarinet (Band), Sam Miller, cello (Alternate – Orchestra), Sai Mallannagari, violin (Alternate – Orchestra),

Front row, Left to Right: Alexis Stahnke, trumpet (Band), Megan Andrews, French horn (Orchestra), Ava DeCroix, soprano (Treble Choir), Saemee Kim, clarinet (Band), Mia Chapman, violin (Orchestra)

Not pictured: Alex Ashley, trumpet (Band), Michael Chiaverini, baritone (Alternate – Mixed Choir), Erica Collin, bassoon (Band), Jonathan Downs, tenor sax (Alternate – Jazz Ensemble), Elizabeth Engle, soprano (Alternate – Mixed Choir), Ben Fagre, percussion (Orchestra), Ben Foster, alto sax (Alternate – Band), Jonah Guse, violin (Orchestra), Mary Hsu, violin (Orchestra), Abigail Mangas, flute (Band), Max Newcomer, alto sax (Alternate – Jazz Ensemble), Hanna Noughani, oboe (Orchestra), Sophia Patton, clarinet (Orchestra), Abhav Soni, clarinet (Band)

Congratulations to Ben Peterson!

Ben Petersen, a junior at MHS, was one of thirty six students to compete in the National Trumpet Competition at the University of North Texas.

 

Areas of competition include Small Trumpet Ensembles, Large Trumpet Ensembles, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, High School Students, Juniors, and Jazz Performance.  

Congratulations to Ben for being selected as one of of the semi-finalists to participate in this prestigious competition! 

WSMA State Festival UW-Platteville

April 28, 2018

Wisconsin School Music Association 

State Festival at UW - Platteville

MHS Students perform at the Winds of Wisconsin Concert

Congratulations to ten Middleton High School band students who performed at the Winds of Wisconsin (WoW) concert on Sunday, March 11. , Winds of Wisconsin is a premier high school wind ensemble on the UW-Madison campus! Winds of Wisconsin is associated with the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Music and is conducted by Scott Teeple, Associate Professor of Music at UW-Madison.

 ​ 

UW Summer Music Clinic

Summer Music Clinic is entering its 89th year of bringing young musicians together for a week of playing music and making friends on the UW–Madison campus. UW–Madison is home of the Wisconsin Idea—learning beyond the classroom. Students finishing grades 9-12 expand their musical horizons by working with experienced educators from around the country, rehearsing and performing ​in ensembles with peers from other communities, and participating in classes and activities that sharpen existing skills or open the door to new topics. 

The camp’s structure allows for plenty of socializing and recreation. Creative indoor and outdoor activities help participants unwind each day. Evenings also include concerts performed by guest artists, faculty members, and fellow students. Everyone’s hard work is shared and celebrated at the end of the week with concerts for family and friends 

Our Middleton Jazz Jam

When: March 21, April 11 & April 25

Where:  Common Ground at the corner of Branch & Century in Middleton (new home for March & April)

For more information visit https://commongroundmiddleton.blog/

Wednesday - March 21, 6:30 -9:00pm 

Open jazz jam for all people to sign up and join in. Every week there will be lots of jazz blues and songs from the Real books 1 & 2. Come ready to play with a professional band. Jazz Combos are welcome to be featured and coached. Please contact Prof. Dan Wallach: dwallach@edgewood.edu or Laurie Lang: jazzbassmama@gmail.com  ahead of time if you’d like your combo to be featured.

Rough Schedule:

6:30 - 7:00pm - House band plays a set of music

7:15 - 8:00pm - Jam Set 1 (sign up sheet for participants)

8:15 - 9:00pm - Jam Set 2

 

Wednesday - April 11, 6:30 -9:00pm 

Open jazz jam for all people to sign up and join in. Every week there will be lots of jazz blues and songs from the Real books 1 & 2. Come ready to play with a professional band. Jazz Combos are welcome to be featured and coached. Please contact Dan Wallach or Laurie Lang ahead of time if you’d like your combo to be featured.

Rough Schedule:

6:30 - 7:00pm - House band plays a set of music

7:15 - 8:00pm - Jam Set 1 (sign up sheet for participants)

8:15 - 9:00pm -  Jam Set 2

 

Wednesday - April 25, 6:30 -9:00pm  

Our Middleton Music Showcase and Jazz Jam

This week will feature the best of Middleton High School. Students will perform WSMA State Solo and Ensemble pieces with professional accompaniment.

Fine Arts Week

April 16-20 is  MHS Fine Arts Week.  Parents are invited to watch performances during the day. 

"The Phantom" Visits Middleton High School

November 02, 2017

MHS BOPA
Middleton High School Band and Orchestra Parent Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“The Phantom” Visits Middleton High School

MIDDLETON, Wisconsin – November 6, 2017 – Jeremy Stolle, who plays the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, talked with and sang for Middleton High School music and theater students and teachers last week. Mr. Stolle and his collaborative pianist and fellow musician and composer, Arri Simon, visited MHS on Thursday, November 2, 2017, while in Madison for a Cabaret performance.

 

Mr. Stolle and Mr. Simon answered student questions in a very conversational style. Students asked for advice about auditions, dealing with nerves and rejection and preparation for seeking a career in music or theater. “There’s music for the practice room. There’s music for fun. Do it all,” recommended Mr. Stolle.

 

Students also asked more personal questions about how the two “made it,” most embarrassing moments and life in New York City and on Broadway. The student audience was riveted as the two men answered.

Mr. Stolle had much to say about the value of music. “Music moves people. You can move people whether or not you get paid for it. Music is universal; you don’t need to speak the same language.” And in closing, he added, “Music is a companion. It’s something we all share together.”

After the hour-long conversation, Mr. Stolle asked, “Should we sing?” to resounding shouts of “Yes!” The two then sang a very well received song from the hit musical, Hamilton, “Dear Theodosia.” The song portrays two fathers, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, singing to their children, Philip and Theodosia.

Following this song, Mr. Simon played and sang a song he composed for a musical he is currently writing. They ended the time at MHS with Mr. Stolle singing his song, Music of the Night, from Phantom of the Opera. At the end of an exquisitely beautiful performance, students jumped to their feet and applauded for several minutes.

MHS band and orchestra teachers and students met Mr. Stolle while in New York City in March 2017. Mr. Steve Kurr, MHS orchestra teacher, made arrangements for Mr. Stolle to visit MHS while Mr. Stolle was in the Madison area. 

MHS Winners! Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition - WYSO

October 26, 2017

Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition Results Announced

 

We are excited to announce the results of the 2017-2018 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Our judges this year heard an unusually high number of students, and an extraordinarily high level of playing. Congratulations to each musician who participated.  

The competition aside, learning a concerto movement is a worthy goal in itself—giving focus to your practice, a performance deadline, and the chance to learn important things about yourself in performing under pressure.  Of course, a concerto competition, by design, only allows a few “winners,” but anyone who grows in musicianship, and comes away from the experience with new self-knowledge, has already won a tremendous prize.

 

The judges chose as this year’s winners (in alphabetical order):

 

Isabelle Krier, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Morty Lee, Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1

Dexter Mott, Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Maureen Sheehan, Walton: Viola Concerto

 

They will perform with the Youth Orchestra in either our March or May concerts.

 

These students were named Honorable Mention, and are invited to perform in the Youth Honors Recital on January 12, 2018 at Oakwood Village West:

 

Anné Sophie Brilla, Wienowski: Polonaise Brilliante for violin

Jessica Jiang, Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto in G minor

Hannah Noughani, Goosens: Oboe Concerto

Aaron Pritchard, Abe: Prism Rhapsody for Marimba

Maggie Setterstrom, Hue: Fantaisie for flute

Antonio Wu, Barber: Violin Concerto

 

Judges this year were Kyle Knox, Kevin McMahon, and Myung Hee Chung. They wrote very helpful comments to each participant. Participants should watch for those in the mail this week, and please discuss them with their private teacher.   

 

On a personal note, it was thrilling to hear each participant play. Although I was not part of the adjudicating, I share the same sense of joy and being impressed with their preparation, their commitment to excellence, and their courage, as the judges expressed to me. I could not be more proud of you.

 

Congratulations to each of you.

 

Randal Swiggum

Interim Artistic Director 2017-2018

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