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Platteville students selected for state honors band

POSTED June 19, 2012 4:14 p.m.

PLATTEVILLE — Four Platteville High School students have been selected for the Wisconsin School Music Association’s 2012 High School State Honors Music Project.

The High School State Honors Music Project is designed to provide musically talented students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with 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, which culminates with an inspired performance, celebrating the reach of music education statewide.

Rachael Demaree is playing viola in the WSMA orchestra. Hannah VanNatta is singing alto in the mixed choir. McKenzie Scanlan (alto I) and Arianna Day (soprano I) are singing in the treble choir.

The four are among more than 1,600 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 who auditioned for 429 positions in the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles. The auditions were held in seven sites across the state in February.

Students selected to participate in the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project meet for the first time at an intensive four-day summer camp at UW–Green Bay n mid-June. The WSMA High School Honors Summer Camp is a unique and essential component to the High School Honors Project experience as it is the first opportunity the selected students have to see their music, meet the conductor, and rehearse as a newly formed ensemble.

All Honors students will reconvene in Madison in late October to perform at the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference. The Honors concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians and are open to the public.

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