The Pony Express

COVID-19 closures force music auditions online

Sophomore Madelyn Puhrmann practices her violin at home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all musicians are forced to stay home and practice alone, making coordination between the members of the entire music group difficult.

Austin Fierro, Online Editor

April 25, 2020

Following the stay at home order by Governor Tim Walz, all public schools were asked to close until May 4. This caused many school-sanctioned activities to be modified or canceled, including music auditions. While the band program had largely completed auditions for the 2020-2021 school year before spri...

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 ...

Corbett plays her way to the top

Corbett plays her way to the top

Aubrey Kelley, Photography Editor

December 3, 2017

                                Alternative Copy Story by Aubrey Kelley Sophomore Penny Corbett has been selected to play violin for the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, which she describes as four orchestras for students. She has been playing the violin since she was almost four, and has ...

Sophie Vogel stars in ‘Grease’

Vogel looks over her lines within her practice binder. “I’m glad we’re doing Grease. I think the whole cast is having fun with it,” Vogel says. Students are smiling and their energy and excitement can be felt during practice. The show will be a lot of fun to watch.

Mira LaNasa, Editor-in-Chief

October 20, 2017

Senior Sophie Vogel’s day begins at 6:10 a.m., and ends later than 12 a.m. She wakes up, goes to school, orchestra, work, rehearsal and finally home to study and do homework. All of this work is worth it to her though, as she finally has her dream role as Sandy in the musical ‘Grease.’ ...

Concert Orchestra performs in Pittsburgh

Nicholas Gag, Social Media Editor

April 7, 2017

“I learned that months of preparation can really pay off in amazing ways. I also learned that on 14 hour bus rides, you really get to know people on another level,” senior Rachael Curl said. The Concert Orchestra earned the opportunity to play in the National Orchestra Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylva...

Zach Sawyer conducts first orchestra concert

Orchestra conductor Zach Sawyer conducts his first concert in the Stillwater district.

Sam DiStefano, Photographer

December 7, 2015

As the orchestra students walked on stage for the first time on Nov. 12, they were nervous. For some it was their first time playing on this stage. But this was also the first time Zach Sawyer has conducted his own orchestra. Not just one orchestra either, he conducted three orchestras and also got ...

Jones retires after 39 years of teaching

Jones retires after 39 years of teaching

Cory Spawn, Broadcast Managing Editor

April 30, 2015

  Each morning around seven o'clock, orchestra teacher Jerry Jones walks past a sign saying, “Enter these doors with an unrelenting sense of urgency,” followed by members of Concert Orchestra  for morning sectionals.  They all come not just because they like to play their instruments, but because of a teacher tha...

Varsity and Friends provides heartwarming entertainment

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An elementary violin player was invited to play a tuning note. Taking the role of the concert master. “Kids are kids and they respond to good music similarly. It was necessary for all of us to be open and welcoming as the young students were no doubt a bit nervous,” said Director Jerry Jones.

Dan Gorman, Distribution Reporter

March 24, 2015

The Varsity and Friends orchestra concert was a concert that allowed elementary kids to not only watch the high school's Varsity Orchestra play, but also to play alongside them. This concert gave the SAHS elementary school district kids, who are in orchestra, the opportunity to see what orchestra is lik...

Romportl auditions for All-State

Joey Costa, Advertising Editor

February 25, 2015

In people's minds, all-state in any sport is a huge achievement. This is also true for the music department and all the students. Just like throwing the ball or whacking a puck, playing the strings is not a simple thing. On March 20, junior Teresa Romportl will audition for the all-state orchestra....

Annual winter concert brings chills, in a good way

Amelia Schneider, Copy Editor

January 14, 2015

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...

Relentless focus assures satisfying success

Photo by Amelia Schneider </strong><br /> Concert features an eclectic jumble of music from the four different orchestra ensembles. Each group plays a variety of music, from Mendelssohn to Mozart to Rutter. Junior Jonathan Luk, Concert Orchestra member, practices after school to prepare for the concert. Sophomore Ava Coleman commented, “The pieces [Symphonic Orchestra plays] are kind of a mix of music. They seem fairly simple but have certain aspects to them that needed to be tweaked and mended.”

Calli Clay, Social Media Editor

December 9, 2014

As the auditorium lights went down and the stage lights went up, the crowd silenced and the symphonic orchestra opened with Norman Leyden's Serenade for Strings: Prelude. On Nov. 20, Stillwater had  their annual fall concert. The concert began at 7:30 p.m. and lasted nearly two hours. The orches...

Stillwater hosts Solo and Ensemble contest

Senior Heather Huna performed at Solo/Ensemble on Feb. 23 and played Legende by Wieniawski. Huna said, “I always enjoy Solo/Ensemble, because it gives me a chance to get feedback from a musician on a piece I have been working on for months.”

Megan Katula

March 7, 2014

Since the beginning of time, music has been an essential part of life. When words fail, music speaks, bringing joy to those celebrating, comfort to those mourning, power to those in despair and peace to those who are yearning. SAHS has been given the opportunity to showcase some of the district’s most talented musician...

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