Band on stage

The Plymouth High School German Band helped kick off the 2019 Wisconsin State Music Conference.

Plymouth well represented at state music conference

Posted October 28, 2019

The Plymouth High School German Band and five Plymouth School District students performed at the recent Wisconsin State Music Association annual convention.

The PHS Junge Kameraden was one of several youth ensembles featured in a combined concert Oct. 23 to kick off the 2019 Wisconsin State Music Conference held in the Madison area.

Amanda Smith, PHS choir director, was invited to be part of a panel that addressed future music educators on Oct. 24 at Monona Terrace. She and two other young teachers discussed how to establish a music program and how to survive the first year of teaching.

In addition, five district students were accepted into this year’s State Honors Music Project, which culminated in performances during the conference.

The State Honors Music Project offers musically talented students the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation’s finest conductors in a professional and disciplined setting. Participants are selected after highly competitive auditions requiring students to perform a solo and to demonstrate an ability to sight-read.

At the middle-school level, about 330 students were selected from the nearly 1,100 who auditioned in the spring. Participants received the music in August and attended a workshop before singing Oct. 26 at Waunakee Community High School. Participating in the Middle Level State Honors Choir were:

  • Carson Anhalt, tenor, now a freshman
  • Max Halle, bass, now an eighth-grader
  • Cole Anhalt, tenor, now a seventh-grader

At the high-school level, 428 students were selected from the nearly 1,400 who auditioned. Those chosen attended an intensive four-day summer camp in June, then reconvened to perform Oct. 24 at Overture Hall in Madison. Participating in the High School State Honors Choir were:

  • Jordyn Anderson, now a senior
  • Cameron Schreiber, now a junior

Learn more:
• Check out The Arts section of our award-winning District Report Card to learn more about how Plymouth is recognized as one of the best performing arts programs in the state.

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Cole & Carson Anhalt and Max Halle

teacher by screen

Amanda Smith, PHS choir director

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Cameron Schreiber