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November 7, 2022 Samantha Nash Leave a Comment
Some of Wisconsin’s hardest working young musicians came together Oct. 27-28 in Madison to perform in one of the five ensembles that make up the Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Concerts series each year.
Each performance is the culmination of months of diligent effort that begins with an intensive summer camp, followed by hours of disciplined self-study. The students then get one full day to rehearse together before taking the stage at Overture Hall, led by talented guest conductors from around the country.
A program featuring interviews and highlights of each performance will air on PBS Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, but you can enjoy recordings of the full concerts right now!

2022 State Honors Band conductor Scott Teeple prepared a program filled with moments of joy and sorrow, incorporating the Overture Center’s signature pipe organ and the delicate sound of two harps. The concert included a commission, “Of Our New Day Begun,” from composer Omar Thomas. The piece was inspired by the tragic 2015 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, often called Mother Emanuel, in Charleston, South Carolina.

In the music selected for the 2022 Treble Choir, conductor Rhonda Fuelberth sought to inspire hope for a brighter future, in both the ensemble and the audience. The piece “One Voice,” by Ruth Moody, opens the concert with a powerful message of unity.

For the 2022 Honors Orchestra, conductor Barbara Rhyneer sought out pieces from diverse sources, including songs from composers in Hong Kong and Venezuela, to bring together a program that takes the audience on a musical journey and expands their understanding of the scope of orchestral arrangements.

Conductor Barb Catlin selected pieces that celebrate the African American roots of the genre for the 2022 Honors Jazz ensemble. From music of the legendary Duke Ellington Band, to a contemporary jazz take on the band Radiohead from composer Fred Sturm, the program explored jazz through time.

The music selection assembled by 2022 Mixed Choir conductor Lee Nelson included compositions that challenged and delighted the students in the ensemble. The concert included a spirited rendition of “Rejoice” by Jeffery Ames that allowed the group to open their hearts and share their love of music.

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