Friday, March 9, 2012

WELS Regional Bandfest 2012 at WLA

Watch the live stream of the WELS Regional Bandfest 2012
from WLA on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM!

I think the WELS Bandfest is one of the best kept secrets of the instrumental programs of our WELS high schools.  It is an honors band of almost 100 of the best student instrumentalists from the 22 WELS Lutheran high schools scattered around the USA. But unless a regional or national Bandfest is being hosted by a WELS high school in your area or unless you have a son or daughter playing in one, you may have never even heard of it, let alone been to a Bandfest concert.  Winnebago Lutheran Academy is hosting one of the two of this year's regional Bandfests (the other is at Northland Lutheran HS near Wausau this same weekend.)

Schools participating at WLA this weekend are Arizona Lutheran Academy, Evergreen LHS, Fox Valley LHS, Huron Valley LHS, Illinois LHS, Kettle Moraine LHS, Lakeside LHS, Michigan LHS, Nebraska LHS, Luther Prep School, Rocky Mountain LHS, and Winnebago Lutheran Academy.

Click to download the WELS Regional Bandfest 2012 Concert Program to read about guest clinicians, Andrew Mast, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and Brett Duwe, Percussion Ensemble director at Lakeside LHS, and to learn more about the concert.

Monday, March 5, 2012

UW-Whitewater Junior Music Audition Clinic

I got an email today from the Music Department at UW-Whitewater and it reminded me how intimidating it is to audition not only for any musical organization, but especially for the first one that most music students encounter: a music scholarship at a college or university.  To help high school music students prepare for such an audition, many colleges, universities, and schools of music are offering a day to teach incoming Freshmen how to prepare for a successful music audition.  Here's the information from UW-Whitewater:

Dear Music Colleagues and Friends,

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Music Department would like to announce a special event for high school juniors—Junior Audition Clinic—to be held on Friday April 13, 2012.   As you know, colleges and universities require music students to perform an audition for admission as a music major. This day is designed to help students prepare for a successful audition.
During this event, students will have an opportunity to audition for our faculty, all of whom are active performers and teachers.  The faculty will provide feedback and advice about audition repertory and what is expected at an audition. 

The events begin at 8:30 a.m. and include:
·         Gathering and registration
·         A warm-up time for auditionees
·         Individually-scheduled auditions with UW-W Faculty members
·         A presentation on preparing for the music major
·         A breakout session to discuss audition procedures in specific performance areas
·         A financial aid information session for parents
·         A masterclass or lesson with faculty in the student’s performance area
·         A tour of the music facilities and a campus tour
Students who have participated in the Junior Audition Clinic in previous years have told us that this event helped them to more confidently prepare for college admission/scholarship auditions and for pursuing a major in music. 

Your students can register for the Junior Audition Clinic by filling out the registration form on the music department website at:  Please encourage your students to register by April 6, 2012.

I hope to meet you and your students at this event! 

J. Michael Allsen
Chair, Department of Music
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI  53190
800-621-8744 or 262-472-1310
262-472-2808 (fax)

Solo Ensemble Results - March 3, 2012 @ Lomira HS

Congratulations to all the WLA who performed this past weekend for the Flyway District WSMA Solo Ensemble Festival at Lomira High School!  The asterisks by the 1's (*1 = starred first) mean those events qualified for the State Solo Ensemble Festival, April 28, 2012 at UW-Oshkosh.  A state finalist's recital will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 6 PM in the WLA Choir Room for those students who will be performing at State.  The recital is free and open to the public, as is each Solo Ensemble Festival (District or State).

A second weekend of District Solo Ensemble will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012.  Look for those results a week from today.

Rating Name Ev/Class/Num Voice/Instrument
*1 Becker, Britt 2511A9 Lever Harp Solo
*1 Bilitz, Eric 5411A6 Drum Set Solo
*1 Bilitz, Eric 5111A4 Concert Snare Drum Solo
2 Butler, Et Al. 1184C1 SSAA Quartet
*1 Coleman, Kailee 3321A9 Bb Clarinet Solo
1 Coleman, Kailee & Bock, Katie 3822B1 Flute-Clarinet Duet
*1 Haag, Naomi 7111A9 Piano Solo
1 Holst, Kayla 3421B1 Eb Alto Saxophone Solo
2 Jacobs, Erin 1111AS01 Soprano Solo
*1 Jacobs, Erin 1311A2 Music Theater - Female Role
*1 Kerr, Marta 2111AS02 Violin Solo
DNA Lindsley,Hannah 4111B1 Trumpet Solo
1 Marchant, Patrick 7111A11 Piano Solo
*1 Marchant, Patrick 1221AS01 Baritone or Bass Solo
*1 Marchant, Patrick 1321A6 Music Theater - Male Role
1 Pacetti, Et Al. 5918B3 Misc. Percussion Ensemble
*1 Pacetti, Paul 5111AS06 Concert Snare Drum Solo
*1 Pacetti, Paul 5311A11 Marimba Solo
1 Pacetti, Paul & Coleman, Kailee 3822B1 Flute-Clarinet Duet
DNA Schuh, Cody 4111B1 Trumpet Solo
DNA Schuh, Cody 71111B30 Piano Solo
1 Westphal, Et Al 6138A11 Mixed Show Choir
2 Wilsmann, Laura 2111AS02 Violin Solo
1 Witte, Hannah 3121C5 Flute Solo
1 Witte, Hannah 7111C30 Piano Solo
*1 Witte, Jonathan 4911AT Misc. Brass Solo
*1 Witte, Jonathan 7111A7 Piano Solo
*1 Witte, Jonathan & Cutter, Merissa 7112A11 Piano Duet
1 Zunker, Tim 4111B1 Trumpet Solo
1 Zunker, Tim 7111C22 Piano Solo

Friday, March 2, 2012

MLC College Choir • March 2, 2012 at WLA

Martin Luther College Choir (New Ulm, MN) under the direction of Dr. Kermit Moldenhauer in Lyceum performance at Winnebago Lutheran Academy March 2, 2012 Part 1 For God So Loved the World, SWV 380 (Heinrich Schütz), Lobet den Herrn, Part 3 of Singet den Herrn, BWV 225 (J.S. Bach), Noel Aysisyen (Emile Desamours) Ubi Caritas (Paul Mealor) Alleluia (Paul Basler) Choir President and Secretary Address,  When You Pass Through the Waters (Paul D. Weber)
  Part 2 Arise, Shine (Paul Weber), Let Me Hide Myself (Craig Courtney), God Is Our Refuge and Strength (Clausen) Pre-concert rehearsal of When You Pass Through the Waters (Paul D. Weber) MLC College Choir & WLA Traveling Choir