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The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

The student news site of Stillwater Area High School

The Pony Express

Jensen conducting a small group of string players

Ryan Jensen makes impact within music department

Lavender Schleder, Social Media Editor April 25, 2023

Ryan Jensen is the orchestra teacher for the Symphonic, Varsity and Concert Orchestras. This will be his 23rd year playing the viola, and nine years of teaching orchestra, for two of those years he has...

Senior Jocelyn McBride plays her violin in Concert Orchestra. She is a second violin and participates in this class everyday during fifth hour.

Jocelyn McBride excels as music student

Lavender Schleder, Social Media Editor November 28, 2022

Senior Jocelyn McBride is a fantastic music student, participating in both Concert Orchestra as a violinist and Concert Choir as a soprano one. She is involved in not only the standard choir and orchestra,...

Senior Lizzie Holder

Lizzie Holder commits to University of Colorado

Gabrielle Knowlan, Photographer and Copy Editor January 12, 2022

Senior Lizzie Holder signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division 1 women's basketball at the University of Colorado on Nov. 10. Holder has been playing basketball for over 10 years and...

Sharing music one way, many screens during the COVID-19 pandemic. People have had to take a different approach in listening to live music.

COVID concerts, music in chaos

Rachel Palmer, Layout Editor November 9, 2020

“Live music... has a powerful message of unity between all people that is very important during these times", music student Ella Goette said. Students feel online concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic...

The Minnesota Orchestra stands for applause after performing Gustav Mahlers Symphony no. 3. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the orchestra has been forced to stop all concerts. In an attempt save ticket revenue, they restructured the remainder of their 2019-2020 season.

Even though tough times are crushing performing arts, they still manage to spread good

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief May 12, 2020

No one had prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, least of all performing arts venues. Because of social-distancing constraints, operatic and classical orchestras around the globe have stopped performances...

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.

The day the music died

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...

Concert orchestra works through a musical piece while be lead by director Zach Sawyer. The group leaves for Boston March 28.

Concert orchestra explores music in Boston

Chas Morgan, Layout Editor March 11, 2019

As the orchestra students prepare for their trip to Boston, Mas. their teacher and director, Zach Sawyer is just as excited as they are. Sawyer, who has been Stillwater's director for the past four years,...

Spring tours, a seniors last high school adventure

Calli Clay, Social Media Editor April 12, 2015

Once a year, the concert orchestra tours different places around the United States for a weekend as a way to share their music. This year the orchestra is going to St. Louis, Missouri from April 9-12....

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...

Keeping up with Koenning

Andrea Rustad April 15, 2014

Some people love music. Some people are good at making music. But then there’s Katie Koenning. This senior is one of the most talented and dedicated violinists in Concert Orchestra, and helps lead them...

 Senior Nick Alm lets a Kansas State School for the Blind student touch a violin after a performance while on tour to Kansas City on April 10-13.

Concert orchestra travels to Kansas City

Ryan Burger April 14, 2014

  On Apr. 13, the Stillwater concert orchestra looks to complete a grueling, fast-paced, four day trip that reaches all the way to Kansas City. They will have two performances and the trip will...

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.

Music organizations bring back phenomenal results from SEC live evaluation

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...

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