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Pair of students represent Somerset at State Honors concerts

Olivia Milles and Kayla Huerta represented Somerset High School and Middle School as part of the WSMA State Honors Music project in October. Photo courtesy of the Somerset School District1 / 2
The WSMA State Honors Treble Choir is pictured performing at the Overture Center in Madison back in October. Somerset High School student Kayla Huerta was part of the group. Photo courtesy the of Somerset School District2 / 2

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

Kayla Huerta was selected to perform in the High School State Treble Choir. She met with other choir students from around the state at the end of October to begin rehearsing for their concert, which took place at the Overture Center for the Arts.

Eighth-grader grader Olivia Milles was selected to sing in the Middle Level Honors Choir. Her rehearsals began the last week of October at Waunakee High School, and culminated in a concert the next day.

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 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," said Somerset Middle and High School vocal music instructor Jaimie Palbicki.

The auditions for the 2018 WSMA Honors Project will be taking place in February and April.