The Pony Express

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

The Minnesota Orchestra stands for applause after performing Gustav Mahler's

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 and ask for donations to help keep the music afloat. Even long-standing, world-class orchestras have...

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...

Concert orchestra explores music in Boston

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

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, orchestrates a trip every year. “Concert Orchestra goes on a trip every spring.  We choose a ...

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. On tour, they will share their talents with schools who may learn something from them and vice versa. These tours are meant as a way for a musical group...

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 ...

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 as well. Her passion for music has helped her get to where she is today, and has fueled her ambition...

Concert orchestra travels to Kansas City

 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.

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 feature a couple master classes as well, to enhance the group’s abilities. The orchestra will depart on Apr. Kansas City was chosen because it is p...

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...

Knoll hits all the right notes


Playing the harp is one of the many instruments junior Brooke Knoll  has learned to play throughout her years as a musician.

Lucy Langmack

October 18, 2013

When Brooke Knoll was only 5 years old, she took an interest in music. Her family, being heavily involved with music, gave her the “musical gene". Her mom plays the flute, her dad plays the guitar, and her brother plays the bass, guitar and drums. It was only fate for Knoll to be involved with music...

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