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...

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...

Winter concert brings holiday cheer

   More select students are chosen for the Con Amici Orchestra, which also performed at the Winter Concert. The students can range from sophomore to seniors,

Mary Burchill, Fashion Blog Editor

January 12, 2016

Bringing music together and captivating audiences is something Stillwater Area High School is becoming known for with the award-winning high school music department. The Winter Concert is a music department tradition bringing together the Orchestra, band and choir for a holiday cheer masterpiece. ...

Pops concert brings musical year to a close

Lars Stannard </strong><br />“Over time rehearsals with the original pops group dissolved into mass chaos and I decided to create a new group with the more serious people who would actually like to perform music” said Cardenas.

Jessica Thomas, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 28, 2015

An end of the year extravaganza is what the choir students look forward to as they breach closer to the close. On May 21, the Stillwater choirs will perform once again in their annual Pops concert. The concert consists of three choirs. The choirs involved are varsity choir, belle chanter and concert c...

Mathisen makes musical magic

Mathisen makes musical magic

Katie Beedle

May 7, 2014

Senior Nic Mathisen is a musical genius at Stillwater Area High School. Mathisen has participated in the school’s Concert Orchestra and Concert Choir, along with various outside of school musical programs including playing cello in a string quartet, playing in the Bethel University orchestra and a ...

Music organizations bring back phenomenal results from SEC live evaluation


The high school’s Concert Orchestra performed at SEC led by Orchestra Director Jerry Jones. The orchestra performed The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, Rhosymedre by Vaughan Williams and Firebird by Stravinsky.

Savannah Sylvis

February 6, 2014

February brings a lot of events to the Stillwater Area High School and the area around. A lot of these events are very theatrical. The Encore Wind Ensemble flew by on Feb. 6, bringing great sound to the people of Stillwater. Little Shop of Horror, showing the weekend of Feb. 28, and SEC (Suburban Eas...

District choirs sing hearts out for the Fall Choral Festival

The Stillwater Choir department sang in their annual Fall Choral Festival at St. Andrews Lutheran Church on Sept. 29. The Festival was concluded with a mass choral performance of Trres Cantos Nativos with all the choirs singing together as one.

Lucien Lemanski

December 12, 2013

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 ...

Benish thrives through music program

Senior Nick Benish playing the cello in one the many music programs he is involved in. Benish said, “It’s hard to imagine what my life would be like without music.”

Kate Price

November 27, 2013

Music is a large part of every teenagers life. For senior Nick Benish, it is on a whole different level. Benish started his music career at a young age and has been with it ever since. He is currently involved in Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir and Jazz Band, making him one of the most active musici...

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