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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...

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...

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...

Minnesota Orchestra offers free tickets for students

Orchestra Hall uses large cubes as their unique signature auditorium look. The cubes help disperse sound during their performances, including the performances that can be seen utilizing the Hall Pass tickets.

Julie Xiong, Cartoonist

February 12, 2020

Music is a combination of melodies, harmonies, pure beauty and emotions. It can be easily found at Orchestra Hall. Since 1973, the venue has been most known for its exquisite acoustics. An overall warm and rich sound is produced by the Minnesota Orchestra. "They are one of the best orchestras in the cou...

Local music grants help music programs grow

Juniors Abbey Rademacher and Josie Haugen are sight-reading a piece called 'What Happens When A Women Takes Power.'

Jaynie Diaz, Graphics Editor

October 25, 2019

The Saint Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) has opened registration for music program grants across Washington County and the St. Croix Valley. Private and public schools in the area have applied for the grants since the beginning of September. The SCVF has made a mark in the music programs. About $34 thousa...

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 ...

Ninth grade talent, Alex Steil, introduced to Con Amici

Steil has so far really enjoyed Con Amici. “Everyone is super nice, everyone just wants to have fun,” Steil said about all the other players.

Mikayla Cousineau, Distribution Reporter

December 22, 2017

The holidays are cram time for the members of the music department as they prepare for a horde of winter concerts and talent shows. Among the mix this year is freshman Alex Steil, the first ever ninth grader to feature their talent in the Con Amici orchestra. Along with a handful of other eighth g...

Cycling away

Johnson says,

Owen Landrud, Social Media Reporter

April 28, 2017

Biking is a classic tradition to enjoy the world and get some overdue exercise, and now students have made it just that much easier to get outside and onto a bike. Juniors Lars Johnson and Fred LeClaire, have taken it upon themselves to provide such a service for anyone who wants to ride no ma...

‘Pippin’: cast prepares for spring musical

While students rehearse for auditions, Grif Sadow watches the talent of the musicians.

Teagan Andrews, Copy Editor

January 7, 2017

    Pippin the musical comes this spring 2017. The five time Tony Award winning musical will be put on by students this spring in the auditorium. Auditions took place on Dec. 8 and 9 for Katelyn Larson, the choir director, and Grif Sadow, the theatre director. A lot of students showed up to t...

STEM and liberal arts offer opportunities beyond high school

STEM and liberal arts offer opportunities beyond high school

Travis Jacobson, Social Media Reporter

November 7, 2016

According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, by their 50's, students who majored in a liberal arts degree earn about $2,000 more than students who majored in professional degrees. Culturally and socially, arts are important to students. Arts encourage students to express themselv...

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. ...

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 ...

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