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Glenwood City, Boyceville musicians participate in Dunn-St. Croix Honors Band and Choir

COLFAX — The best high school musicians throughout the Dunn-St. Croix Conference once again renewed their friendships and a long-running tradition when they gathered here on Saturday, February 12, 2014.

The Dunn-St. Croix All-Conference Honors Band and Choir Festival marked its 36th year in January as 188 student musicians and 17 instrumental and choral directors, including a guest conductor/clinician, from eight conference schools melded at Colfax High School on Saturday, February for an afternoon filled with outstanding musical performances. The collaboration included students from Boyceville, Colfax, Durand, Elmwood, Glenwood City, Mondovi, Pepin, Plum City, and Spring Valley.

Glenwood City and Boyceville were once again well represented in the annual Dunn-St. Croix Music Honors Program.

Glenwood City, in particular, sent a large selection of student musicians. Glenwood City had 42 students participate in the 2014 event as 26 Hilltoppers comprised the 93-member band and 16 were part of the honors choir, which was 95 voices strong.

Boyceville had 16, nine musicians in the band and seven vocalists in the choir.

Started in 1979, the Dunn-St. Croix Honors Project was a way of bringing together the finest musicians in the conference. From its inception, the main philosophy was to have students from different schools work toward a common goal of cooperation and excellence rather than competing for first place. Even through conference realignments, this group of schools has remained dedicated to this goal as the Dunn-St. Croix Music Association.

For the 23rd consecutive year, a guest conductor/clinician led a portion of the Honors Music Festival. This year the Dunn-St. Croix Honors Band was under the direction of Dr. John Stewart, who led the band through its five instrumental selections. Dr. Stewart is an assistant professor of Music and Director of Concert Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he conduct the Wind Symphony, teaches courses in conducting and repertoire, supervises student teachers and coordinates the concert band program. Dr. Stewart completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education last year at the University of Minnesota. He earned his bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Florida in 1996 and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida in 2009. Dr. Stewart was the 2008 St. Cloud High School “Teacher of the Year”.

The Honors Choir also performed five vocal pieces and were under the direction of Glenwood City’s Angela Hierlmeier, Elmwood’s Taylor Wallace, Boyceville’s Ben Simmerman, Spring Valley’s Debbie Bowman, and Durand’s Jaimie Palbicki.

Selection to the Honors Band or Choir is based on an application process that measures student musical achievements through participation and involvement in a wealth of musical activities that include solo and ensemble festivals and previous honors groups. The application is combined with their music director’s recommendation to complete the process. The following area students were selected to the Dunn-St. Croix Honors Band and Choir.

Glenwood City

Choir: Isabella Nadeau, Soprano II; Nikki Gabbert, Soprano II; Danielle Nelson, Soprano II; Savannah Kessler, Soprano II; Lydia McLelland, Alto I; Kaylie Scalze, Alto I; Tia Carlson, Alto I; Sierra Peterson, Alto II; Rachel Klatt, Alto II; Nick Schone, Tenor; Owen Anderson, Tenor; Isaac Tuttle, Tenor Todd Petersen, Tenor; Liam Brandt, Bass; Mitchell Hurtgen, Bass; Jacob Traynor, Bass.

Band: McKenzie Kruse, Flute; Katelyn Meyers, Clarinet; Leslie Ludtke, Clarinet; Kayla Hill, Clarinet; Gabby Peterson, Clarinet; Taylor Drinkman, Clarinet; Natasha Rassbach, Clarinet; Marne Lewis, Bass Clarinet; Maya Petersen, Alto Saxophone; Morgan Kadinger, Alto Saxophone; Andrew Baumann, Tenor Saxophone; Charlie Shackett, Bari Saxophone; Abby Kahler, Bari Saxophone; Richard Ross, Trumpet; Jenna Magsam, Trumpet; Kayla Bloss, Trumpet; Ellen Lindquist, French Horn; Nic Jensen, French Horn; Jacob Hierlmeier, Trombone; Jenny Lindquist, Trombone; Nathan Hill, Trombone; Brennan Kessler, Euphonium; Jim Buttles, Tuba; Skylar Peterson, Percussion; Colton Peskar, Percussion; and Hannah Ludtke, Percussion.

Boyceville

Choir: Courtney Richardson, Soprano I; Lexi Schmidt, Soprano I; Amanda McCoy, Soprano II; Alexa Horner, Alto I; Anna Hagen, Alto I; Alexa Horner, Alto I; Lauren Wyss, Alto II; and Lauren Klassen, Alto II.

Band: Hannah Jerrie, Flute; Jade Yaeger, Clarinet; Erica Sempf, Alto Saxophone; Nicole Bartos, Trumpet; Daniel Marzofka, Trumpet; Nik Bekkum, Trumpet; Logan McAbee-Thomas, Trombone; Maxwell Engel, Trombone; and Jacob Erickson, Percussion.