The Pony Express

The day the music died

Sophomore Katie Liss practices Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto no. 1.” Concert Orchestra director, Zach Sawyer, due to distance learning constraints, will now have students input their goals for daily practice routine in a virtual practice journal.

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

March 26, 2020

Amidst a worldwide health crisis and a quarantined nation, a lot is lost to self isolation. With schools closed and distance learning in place, the arts and music departments are at a standstill. At their core, the music and theatre departments revolve around in-person learning, collaboration and eve...

Choir keeps same music tradition after losing strong senior class

Choir Director Angela Mitchell leads vocal warm ups with basses before Tuesday sectionals. Each member of the Stillwater Choir is required to attend sectionals once a week at 7 a.m. before school.

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor

September 26, 2019

One of the most highly respected mixed voice choirs in the state of Minnesota graduated 52 seniors from its 78 person ensemble this past Spring. With close to 70 percent of the choir gone, this raised the question of how things would look in the fall. The Stillwater Concert Choir is an auditioned SATB group for adv...

Choir shows dedication to singing

The annual winter concerts preview a variety of musical ensembles and their work throughout the year. The Stillwater Choir performs in 3 concerts with the other Concert music ensembles towards the end of December. “It’s a really amazing thing that we do. That we start from nothing, like a piece of paper with back dots and every day discover problems, and solutions until you get the this moment where you’re in front of an audience and are sharing this emotional connection to the music and each other and all of the battle you went through to get there and it’s that moment in time where you just make music,”  choir director Angela Mitchell said.

Madison Weispfenning, Editorial Cartoonist

January 2, 2018

Sopranos, altos, tenors, baritones, and bass’ are working hard to show their dedication to singing. The Stillwater Choir proves that they are more than just a choir. Not only do they have in class rehearsals, but they also have sectionals once a week at 7 a.m. Though many hate to wake up early, these students do...

NPR radio features CIS choir

SAHS choir in front of the Ordway to record two songs for the NPR radio station on Sunday December 4th. Photos courtesy of Angela Mitchell.

Andria Barrett, Photographer

January 8, 2017

Dec. 4 the College in the Schools, (CIS) choir was chosen to have two of their songs aired on the radio. The class traveled to the Ordway in St. Paul to record Tykus Tykus, a Lithuanian folk song by Vaclovas Augustinas and Alleluia by Fredrik Sixten. At 3 p.m. their songs aired on the popular NPR Classical S...

New choir teacher Angela Mitchell hits high note

The bell has rung, and Mrs. Mitchell begins taking the students through Warm-ups, to prepare everyone's voice for a rehearsals worth of singing. She has her own style of running the choir through warm-ups, usually including some variation of a scale or pattern to both prepare students' voices and their minds to learn. Her reason for warm-ups is not only to prepare, but

Jack DeGonda, Social Media Editor

November 6, 2016

Last year, after 28 years of directing the Stillwater choir, Erik Christiansen retired. His absence raised the question of who will take his place? There's no doubt that thought had been given to this question before, and there were many people eager and hopeful that they could receive the responsibili...

Community building within music programs


On Nov. 12, Concert Orchestra performed in the concert organization’s fall concert. Seniors Natalie Tri, Aidan Hybertson, junior Michaela Byland, and senior Jarden Allen play the violin. Featuring pieces included “Orpheus in the Underworld” by Offenbach and the final movement of “The New World Symphony” by Dvorak.

Ellie Anderson

November 27, 2013

The music groups at Stillwater Area High School have created a close community. The different music groups are creating inseparable bonds with each other through different events that they do as an ensemble. The Belle Chanter recently had a retreat. The band had a lock-in and the Jazz Band will be goi...

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