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High honors for choral students

Somerset High School students (from left) Hannah Erickson, Ethan Lammers and Mitchel Hosley pose with Somerset grades 7-12 choral instructor Scott Perau at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Project in Madison. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
From left: Choral instructor Scott Perau and students Eli Anderson, Mara Erickson, Colin Gallo and Zeb Rivard are all smiles at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Project. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Seven students from Somerset Middle and High School recently participated in the Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Project.  

Eli Anderson (grade 8), Mara Erickson (grade 8), Colin Gallo (grade 9),and Zeb Rivard (grade 9) were a part of the Middle Level Honors Choir. Anderson, Erickson and Gallo were all first time selections, and Rivard was selected for a second year.  

Hannah Erickson (grade 11) was selected to the High School Treble Choir, while Ethan Lammers (grade 11) and Mitchel Hosley (grade 11) were selected to High School Mixed Choir.  Hannah Erickson and Lammers both participated for their second time, and Hosley participated for the first time.

Being selected to the W.S.M.A. State Honors Project is an extremely high honor. Each spring, students from all across the state audition to be a part of the ensembles the following fall. Hundreds of students audition for each voice/instrumental part, and only a small percentage of students make it into the ensembles.

Each of the choirs worked with a nationally recognized choral conductor for many hours before presenting their concerts in Madison. The high school honors ensembles performed on Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison. The Middle Level ensembles performed on Saturday, Nov. 1 in the ballroom of the Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton.

Each of the students had an experience of a lifetime, and the concerts were of the highest quality. Congratulations to all of the Somerset Middle Level and High School Level State Honors musicians!

Submitted by Scott Perau, grades 7-12 choral instructor for Somerset School District