Four students win Concerto-Aria Competition

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Calvin Guse, Maylynn Hu, Maureen Sheehan and Ellie Taylor were the winners among the 28 MHS students who participated in the Concerto-Aria Competition on Jan. 9.

Hu performed on the piano and played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Mvt. 1. Guse and Sheehan played the violas and performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.6, Mvt. 3. Taylor performed on the violin and played Wieniawski’s Concerto No.2 in D minor, Mvt. 3.

The four students were selected to perform with the MHS Symphony Orchestra at their March 15 concert. Taylor will also perform at Eine Kleine Kindermusik on March 13.

The following students were selected as featured performers for a MHS Music Department Fine Arts Week Honors Recital: Meghna Datta, violin, Sibelius Violin Concerto, Mvt. 1; Megan Andrews, horn, F. Strauss Horn Concerto No.1, Mvt. 1; Sam Miller, cello, Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto, Mvt. 1; Abigail and Ruth Thompson, vocal duet, Offenbach Belle Nuit; Mary Hsu, viola, Bruch Romance; Felicity Cole, alto sax, Glazunov Saxophone Concerto and Calvin Guse, piano, Prokoviev Piano Concerto, No.3, Mvt. 1.

MHS students who auditioned included: Megan Andrews, Aaron Brenton, Mia Chapman, Michael Chiaverini, Felicity Cole, Meghna Datta, Amber Fuerbringer, Reshma Gali, Calvin Guse, Mary Hsu, Maylynn Hu, Marcus Knoke, Eric Lee, Sam Miller, Hanne Noughani, Ben Petersen, Amanda Roesch, Maureen Sheehan, Alexis Stahnke, Ellie Taylor, Abigail Thompson, Ruth Thompson, Stuart Wodzro, Zoe Ystenes and Kirstin Yu.

Carrie Backman, the band and orchestra teacher at Madison Edgewood High School, Ben Ferris, an orchestra teacher in the Monona Grove School District, and and Elizabeth Heiks, an orchestra teacher at Waunakee High School, judged the event.

“Without question, it is wonderful to hear an evening filled with so many excellent performances by students at MHS. All of the participants in this year’s competition are to be commended for their dedication and hard work — every one of them should be proud of his or her accomplishments,'' MHS music department instructional leader and orchestra Steve Kurr said. "Middleton High School and your community are honored to have you here. The MHS Music Department extends our congratulations to all performers — you are all winners!”

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