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High school students from Hudson chosen to perform in the WSMA band were, from left, Carter Johnson, Corissa Vought, Dominic Meincke and David Gillingham. Submitted photo

Hudson students selected for WSMA honors

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Last February (high school) and last April (middle school), 50 Hudson middle and high School music students auditioned in Eau Claire for judges from the Wisconsin School Music Association for the opportunity to become members of the 2009 Wisconsin Middle Level Band, Choir or Orchestra or Wisconsin High School Honors Band, Choirs, or Orchestra.

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Over 1,400 students from across the state auditioned for placement in one of the prestigious member ensembles. If chosen, students had the opportunity to work with nationally known conductors and perform to an audience of more than 1,800 in Madison on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project concert.

Five students from Hudson High School were chosen to be members of the High School Level Honors Choir. They were Erin Bloomer, Erin Maher, Kaitlyn McGinnis, Sarah Monette and Natalie Monical.

Four students from Hudson High School were chosen to be members of the High School Level Honors Band. They were David Gillingham, Carter Johnson, Dominic Meincke and Corissa Vought.

Five students from Hudson were chosen to be members of the Middle Level Honors Choir. They were Katherine Schomas, Kati Miller , Ellen Snyder, Elijah Baumgartner and Kevin Pelzel.

Two students from Hudson were chosen to be members of the Middle Level Honors Band. They were Katy Hackworthy and Dane Rudy.

Across the state, over 350 students were selected in June 2009 from more than 1,400 who auditioned to participate in the WSMA honors project. Auditions included individual student performances and an ensemble class taught by an Honors adjudicator. Selection was based on several aspects of music performance.

The WSMA State Honors Music Project brings Wisconsin's finest school musicians together to work with nationally known conductors in a professional setting. The 2009 WSMA Middle Level State Honors conductors were:

Choir: Dr. Henry Leck is an internationally recognized choral director at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind.

Orchestra: Lucia Matos is the director of the NIU Philharmonic and music director of the Opera Workshop and recently appointed music director of the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Band: Dr. James Swearingen is professor of music, department chair of music education, and one of several resident composers at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Students in grades six through eight who attend a WSMA- member school and participate in the school's music program will be eligible to audition for the 2009 WSMA Middle Level Honors Project. Applications can be obtained by school music teachers at www.wsmamusic.org Auditions will be held in April at seven locations throughout Wisconsin.

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