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Somerset students selected to participate in State Honors

Somerset High School choir student Kayla Huerta, high school vocal music instructor Jaimie Palbicki and fellow student Jacob Wright are pictured after the pair of students took part in the WSMA Middle Level State Honors Choir Concert at Waunakee High School Oct. 29. (Submitted photos)1 / 2
SHS vocal music instructor Jaimie Palbicki is pictured with student Colin Gallo after he took part in the WSMA High School State Honors Choir Concert at the Overture Center in Madison Oct. 27.2 / 2

This October, Somerset High School and Somerset Middle School had three students travel to Madison to perform as a part of the Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Music project.

Colin Gallo was selected to perform in the High School State Mixed Choir. He met with other choir students from around the state Oct. 26 to begin rehearsing for the concert, which took place at the Overture Center Oct. 27. Ninth-graders Kayla Huerta and Jacob Wright were both selected to sing in the Middle Level Honors Choir. Their rehearsals began Oct. 28, at Waunakee High School and culminated in a concert Saturday, Oct. 29.

In order to be selected for this honor, the students auditioned last winter and spring, demonstrating their vocal music talents and sight singing abilities. The WSMA State Honors Ensembles are chosen from students all over the state of Wisconsin from schools that are members of WSMA. Students can audition for a variety of musical ensembles, including choir, band, orchestra and jazz band. Both the Middle Level and High School Honors ensembles are very competitive. Approximately 26 percent of students who audition are selected to perform with the Honors ensembles.

These three students from Somerset represent some of the finest young musicians in the state and are a testament to the strong vocal music traditions in the community. The auditions for the 2017 WSMA Honors Project will be taking place in February and April.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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