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Dr. Colleen Bertsch is announced as the interim Concert Orchestra director for third quarter. In an email sent to students in Concert Orchestra, she gave an introductory message.

Dr. Colleen Bertsch to take over as interim Concert Orchestra director

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief January 18, 2021

Principal Rob Bach sent an email to members of the Concert Orchestra on Jan. 13, announcing that Dr. Colleen Bertsch will be the interim music director during third quarter. Bertsch is an adjunct lecturer...

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.

Jerry Jones returns to lead Concert Orchestra fall quarter

Sam Hart, Video Editor November 21, 2020

Jerry Jones returned to his former job as a high school orchestra teacher this fall. Former orchestra teacher  Zach Sawyer and his fiancee decided to move back to Boston to see his family.  “His...

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

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 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.

COVID-19 closures force music auditions online

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....

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...

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.

Minnesota Orchestra offers free tickets for students

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...

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

Local music grants help music programs grow

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...

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,...

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.

Ninth grade talent, Alex Steil, introduced to Con Amici

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...

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Cycling away

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...

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

‘Pippin’: cast prepares for spring musical

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...

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....

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