The Pony Express

Ajak family sings for Jesus

Ajak family sings for Jesus

Joshua Framke, Distribution Reporter

January 19, 2018


Filed under In-Depth

Coming from the tribe Anuak in Ethiopia Africa, senior Bakange Ajak and her family use their voices to give thanks to God. Forming a choir that is based on traditional African singing, they sing the songs that mean the most to them: Gospel. With drummers and 13 women strong, they sing on Sundays at Calva...

Ness redefines living with Cystic Fibrosis

Ness redefines living with Cystic Fibrosis

Mikayla Cousineau, Distribution Reporter

November 1, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, Podcasts

Center stage in front of a large audience sounds like the place most people would find themselves in a nightmare. For junior Sabrina Ness, the stage is where her dreams have come true, and the spotlight is where she finds her heart. When she was only three months old, Ness was diagnosed with cy...

New choir teacher Angela Mitchell hits high note

New choir teacher Angela Mitchell hits high note

Jack DeGonda, Social Media Editor

November 6, 2016


Filed under Arts, Local Arts

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...

Mitchell fills big shoes with choir

Mitchell fills big shoes with choir

Kalley Lewis, Copy Editor

October 3, 2016


Filed under In-Depth, Photo Slide Shows

Choir director Angela Mitchell is following in the footsteps of Erik "Doc" Christiansen in directing The Stillwater Choir. The Stillwater Choir is a large ensemble of high level singers that has been conducted by Erik Christiansen since 1988. With the announcement of his retirement last spring, came a lot o...

Belle Chanter shares their music with Duluth

Belle Chanter shares their music with Duluth

Samantha Flipp, Director of Pony Express TV

April 29, 2016


Filed under Photo Slide Shows

Performing is the most rewarding part of singing in a choir. It is important for choirs to share the music they have been working on with an audience, so that the audience can share in the emotions that are being expressed through each note in each song. Usually Belle Chanter goes on tour to Chicago,...

Annual winter concert brings chills, in a good way

Amelia Schneider, Copy Editor

January 14, 2015


Filed under Featured Videos, News

The winter concert on Dec. 21 and 22 was Stillwater Area High School’s annual concert of holiday music and entertainment. Six ensembles performed. Three of the six are prestigious “Concert” groups (Orchestra, Band and Choir) and the remaining three are the music programs’ after school ensembles. "So...

Local Angels Echo in Church Halls

Braden Classon, Social Media Reporter

November 18, 2014


Filed under Local Arts

The Stillwater Area High School Choir has been working vigorously over the past few months towards their upcoming concert. This concert took place on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. at Saint Andrews Church in Mahtomedi. Eric Christensen, the lead choir teacher put together this presentation. The recent concert inclu...

Lambert sings despite respiratory difficulties

Lambert sings despite respiratory difficulties

Kelly Roehrig

April 16, 2014


Filed under In-Depth

The gift of vocal chords strong enough to sing opera, where the performer has to take on a character while simultaneously singing some of the highest and lowest notes possible for the human vocal, combined with the dedication to dedicate hours a day to perfect this gift is rare. Yet it can be found in ...

Lily Johnson performs in Concert Orchestra’s Concerto Concert

Ryan Longnecker

April 1, 2014


Filed under Arts, In-Depth, Multimedia, News

Every year, a few students are selected to perform with the concert orchestra at the end of the year to highlight their talents. Most often, it is either a band or orchestra member that gets selected, but occasionally there is a truly exceptional singer that gets selected. This year, senior Lily John...

District choirs sing hearts out for the Fall Choral Festival

District choirs sing hearts out for the Fall Choral Festival

Lucien Lemanski

December 12, 2013


Filed under Arts

Stand up and walk with a purpose. Left, right and left as the Stillwater Choir walks across the front of the church. The Choir approaches the risers, they start to hum the starting note for the first piece. Choir teacher Erik Christiansen walks up and looks at the ends of the choir to see if the ...

Community building within music programs

Community building within music programs

Ellie Anderson

November 26, 2013


Filed under Arts, Local Arts

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...