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MHS students fare well at WSMA state honors concerts

MHS had 20 students participate in the Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors ensembles in late October.

The competitions were held at the Overture Center in Madison, the Monona Terrace Convention Center and the Marriott-Madison West on Oct. 24-26.

Nick Ashley, Anmohl Gupta and Kailey Boyle sang in the Mixed Choir competition, Tom Mielke said.

String students who participated in the Honors Orchestra were: Stephanie Yoo (violin), Michelle Xie (violin), Chris Ip (violin), Julia Tibbetts (viola) and Virginia Wagner (harp).

MHS students who participated in State Honors Band were: Yoko Kohmoto (flute), Meijia Li (flute), Nikhil Trivedi (clarinet), Kennedy Kooistra (horn), Naomi Smith (horn), Connor Kooistra (trombone) and Teddy Williams (percussion). State Honors Orchestra students were Cierra Clay (horn) and Claire Rossmiller (trombone), while State Honors Jazz Ensemble students were Burton Copeland (trumpet), Chance Stine (bari sax) and Matt Ash (trombone).

Meanwhile, MHS senior Anja Pustaver (soprano) recently secured first place at the National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition at UW-Stevens Point. NATS is the association of private voice teachers. Pustaver won first place in the high school division of the state-wide competition, beating out 92 other singers. 

"This is most prestigious and to my knowledge is the first MHS singer to do so,'' Mielke said.

Finally, Chance Stine recently received a four-year scholarship offer from UW-Madison after participating in its UW Summer Music Clinic. He hasn't decided if he will accept the scholarship yet, his mother, Sarah, said. He was one of 10 state musicians to receive the award and the only one from MHS. Chance auditioned and won on the alto saxophone.

Select pieces from the WSMA concerts will air on Wisconsin Public Radio on Thanksgiving Day with the full concerts aired in December.

The concerts can be heard locally on WERN 88.7 FM in Madison.

Wisconsin Public Television, which includes WHA (Channel 21) in Madison, will air selections from the Overture Hall concerts on Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.

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