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Two D.C. Everest Students to Participate in Prestigious WSMA High School State Honors Project 2021 Summer Camp

Some of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians are about to gather for what could be one of the most rewarding musical experiences of their lifetime – the Wisconsin School Music Association’s 2021 High School State Honors Music Project. Auditions were held this past February and of the more than 1,100 auditions, 426 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 were invited to be part of the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles. Two D.C. Everest musicians — Madeline Bublik and Cadence Strahota — were selected for the WSMA 2021 Orchestra and will study under Mark Dupere, Assistant Professor of Music, Lawrence University. Madeline plays the string bass and Cadence is a percussionist.

The WSMA High School State Honors Music Project provides musically accomplished students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with some of 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, beginning with the summer camp and culminating with an inspired performance that celebrates the reach of music education statewide.

“When students are challenged beyond what is possible in a classroom, the results are often inspiring and even magical. Honors students learn that hard work, commitment, responsibility and working together for the good of the ensemble are the keys to success in music and in life,” said Victoria Donahue, WSMA program director.

The summer camp for High School State Honors will consist of three days of virtual rehearsal and one day of in-person rehearsal at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. The day of in-person instruction will allow students to rehearse as an ensemble with their conductor while following COVID-19 CDC guidelines. All Honors students will reconvene in Madison in late October to perform in conjunction with the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference. The Honors concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of musical youth and are open to the public.

During camp, students will engage in holistic lessons that incorporate several musical aspects of the programmed repertoire (e.g., history, theory, style, composition, text and culture). They will also virtually connect with featured composers so they can learn the story of the music right from the person who wrote it.

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