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March 2018 Volume 28, Issue 4

The Whole Note Middleton High School Band and Orchestra Parents Association News

Collage Concert On Thursday, March 8, the MHS Concert Bands will join forces with state-bound ensembles from the wind ensemble to present this annual concert. Solos, chamber music, jazz, instrumental choirs, percussion ensembles and full band will all be part of the night. Concert guests often comment on how entertaining and diverse they find this concert. This is a concert you won’t want to miss! Come and hear an excellent variety of music at 7:30 pm on March 8.

What’s Inside: Collage Concert


Cardinal Showcase


Kindermusik Concert


Japan Concert


Concerto/Aria Concert


Volunteers for Concert




Fine Arts Week


Summer Scholarships




Amazon Smile


Spring Supper Info


Spring Supper Tickets


Spring Supper Sched


Spring Supper Sponsor


Board & Committees


Jazz Cabaret Thanks


Facebook Tips




State Solos


State Ensembles


Reflections S&E


Donations to MOM


BOPA Mission


The MHS Bands are under the direction of Mr. Doug Brown, Mr. Michael Ver Voort, and Ms. Marissa Bedard.

Orchestra Creation Demonstration On Tuesday, March 20, all 7-9th grade string musicians will present an Orchestra Creation Demonstration in the PAC starting at 7:00pm. Each grade level will demonstrate its learning in various creative activities they have learned over the past few months. Jazz improvisation, composition, looping pedals, heritage ensembles, old time string bands, and more. Not just a concert--a Creation Demonstration!

Kindermusik Concert On Tuesday morning, March 13th, the Symphony Orchestra will play host to 864 MCPASD 2nd and 3rd graders for the 11th annual Eine Kleine Kindermusik concert. Featured pieces include Holst's "Mars" from The Planets, Copland's John Henry, and violin soloist Ellie Taylor. This is a great concert for our elementary students!

Japan Concert We are excited to announce that Allen Vizzutti will arrive Monday, March 19th, to begin his residency with the Middleton Cross Plains School District Middle Schools and High School. The week will culminate in the Middleton Kara Nara Nippon Eh (From Middleton to Japan) Concert on Thursday, March, 22, at 7:30 PM. Mr. Vizzutti will perform with the High School Jazz Ensembles, Japan Wind Ensemble, Kromrey 8th grade music students and the Glacier Middle School Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at The following morning, 7:00 Jazz and Japan Wind Ensemble members will depart for Japan with Al Vizzutti as their guest touring artist.

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Concerto / Aria Competition, Showcase Concert Congratulations to the winners of the Concerto-Aria Competition held at Middleton High School on January 9: Maylynn Hu, piano, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Mvt. 1, Calvin Guse and Maureen Sheehan, violas, performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.6, Mvt. 3 and Ellie Taylor, violin, playing Wieniawski’s Concerto No.2 in D minor, Mvt. 3. These students were selected to perform with the MHS Symphony Orchestra at their March 15 concert. Ellie will also perform at Eine Kleine Kindermusik on March 13.

Maylynn Hu

Maureen Sheehan and Calvin Guse

Ellie Taylor

Congratulations also to the following students who 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. Finally, congratulations to all of our auditioners: 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. The MHS Music Department would like to thank our judges for the evening, Carrie Backman (Band/Orchestra teacher at Edgewood High School), Ben Ferris (Orchestra teacher in Monona Grove schools) and Elizabeth Heiks (Orchestra teacher at Waunakee High School). The judges commented on the great number of excellent performances.

Cookie Volunteers Needed for Concerto Showcase Reception Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble families, please consider donating cookies or beverages or helping at the reception table after the Mike Dewey Memorial Concerto Showcase Concert on March 15th. Sign up here to bring treats and/or help with this reception!

2017 - 2018 Calendar

March 2-4 Cultural Weekend to MN March 8 MHS Collage Concert – Concert Band, Wind Ensemble

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Fine Arts Week Fine Arts Week is coming up in a little over a month: April 16-20. Parents can come watch performances during the day, although seating may be limited. Watch the MHS website for a performance line-up, coming in the next few weeks.

March 13 Eine Kleine Kindermusik Symphony March 15 Mike Dewey Concerto/Aria Showcase –Symphony Orchestra & selected Wind Ensemble – PAC March 20 Orchestra Creation Demonstration - Cardinal March 22 Japan pre-tour Concert PAC April 7 Spring Supper Fundraiser April 16-20 Fine Arts Week April 28 State Solo & Ensemble Festival UW Platteville May 9 Spring Band Concert I Cardinal Band (9th) Concert Band Block 1 May 10 Spring Band Concert II Concert Band Block 2 Wind Ensemble May 14 and 17 Philomusica Concert with Elementary Strings May 15 Cardinal Orchestra Concert with Middle School Orchestras May 18 Jazz Tracs Concert

Summer Music Scholarships & Summer Music Clinic It’s already time to start thinking about attending a music camp this summer! There are many excellent camps across Wisconsin and beyond; please see your music director for more information. Last year, we had students attend Birch Creek (percussion and jazz), Shell Lake (jazz and concert band), Western Michigan Seminar, and various summer music camps at Wisconsin universities, including UWMadison Summer Music Clinic. Each year, MHS BOPA is pleased to offer scholarships to help families defray the cost of Summer Music Camps. The awards can be applied to any music camp and are chosen through a scholarship application process in late March or early April. The scholarships are awarded at the Music Department Award Reception on May 22nd. If your son or daughter is attending a Summer Music Camp in 2017, encourage him or her to apply! Applications and registrations for many summer camps are due as early as March 1st! Start making your summer plans right away.

WYSO The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras are hosting auditions June 6-June 10. Registration deadline is April 21, 2017. Audition schedule, materials, and sign-up are available at: WYSO has several orchestras of various levels which rehearse on Saturday mornings at the Humanities Building, UW School of Music, and perform in several concerts throughout the year. Many Middleton HS band and orchestra students are involved in this outstanding enrichment program.

May 21 Music Department Awards Reception May 28 Memorial Day Observances May 30 Almost Summer Orchestra Concert Cardinal & Symphony Orchestras with selected Wind Ensemble – PAC

Amazon Smile Account ☺ Did you know that you can contribute to BOPA just by shopping online at Amazon? Just go to and search for “Middleton High School Band And Orchestra Parents Association.” A small percentage of purchases you make through Amazon Smile will be donated to BOPA!

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The Whole Note For Performance Schedule, Tickets, Auction Information, and more, go to: Click on SPRING SUPPER

Spring Supper Sponsorships Available For those of you who own a business or just would like to support our program, you can become a sponsor for our 2017 Spring Supper! These contributions are tax-deductible and greatly assist our student’s development in music and in life. Your sponsorship will go towards much needed instruments, uniforms, professional instruction clinics, music camp scholarships, accompanists and the continued development of our growing Competitive Marching Band. Please consider the options below to support our program:

Gold Level Sponsorship - $1,000 -

Recognition on all our marketing Thank you in BOPA newsletter Thank you in Middleton Times Letter to Editor A sign posted at the event Thank you in the program tents Recognitions during the event by the MC 8 Free tickets to the event

Silver Level Sponsorship - $500 -

Thank you in BOPA newsletter Thank you in Middleton Times Letter to Editor A sign posted at the event Thank you in the program tents Recognitions during the event by the MC 4 Free tickets to the event

Bronze Level Sponsorship - $250 -

Thank you in BOPA newsletter Thank you in Middleton Times Letter to Editor Thank you in the program tents Recognitions during the event by the MC 2 Free tickets to the event

Deadline for sponsors to make it in our marketing is March 17th. Mail to BOPA 2100 Bristol Street, Middleton, WI 53562 or contact Tim Dusek 404.822-5600 or

2017 – 2018 MHS BOPA Executive Board Slate President

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Jazz Cabaret Thank You!

Tim Dusek Vice President

Lisa Downs

Thank you! Secretary Lisa Cole Treasurer

Hayley Hellenbrand

Jazz Cabaret was a huge success. Thank you to all the parent volunteers, donors, friends, and families that helped prepare for this event. We had over 600 people attend these two concerts and could not be more proud of our students and their performances. Special Thanks to Bev Fuerbringer for her service to Jazz and the MHS Band program over the past four years! We are currently looking for a volunteer to chair Jazz events in the future. If you would like more information please contact Doug Brown. Band Parent-at-Large

Michael Roesch Orchestra Parent-At-Large

Margo Hoover-Regan Student Accounts

Facebook Tips to view BOPA photos / updates

Lori Neumann Public Relations

Are you seeing photos and updates from BOPA on Facebook?

Rhonda Thompson Website

Danielle Boorstein Newsletter

Laura Guse

Committee Chairs

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Spring Supper

Kim Mackey Fruit Sale

Krysia Braun Jazz Cabaret

Bev Fuerbringer Solo / Ensemble

Deb Bailey

MHS Website Gaining Popularity Lots of you are going to our new band and orchestra website to get program information. The website is updated regularly, so it is the “go-to” place to get information related to performance schedules, special events, and other news. If you haven’t already visited the website, click and check it out. Don’t forget to also view the “Program Pride” page to see the positive impact of music in the lives of our students! Also consider donating to BOPA to support the instrumental music program, including school instrument and uniform upkeep, accompanists for solo/ensemble, special workshops, coaches. It’s easy by going to the website and clicking on the link to donate.

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MHS Solos that qualified for State! Aaron Boorstein, jazz brass improvisation

Griffin Rose, alto sax

Max Balasubramaniam, jazz piano

Aaron Brenton, bassoon

Haiwen Dai, marimba

Max Balasubramaniam, marimba

Abby Evans, cello

Haiwen Dai, timpani

Max Balasubramaniam, parade drum

Abby Mangas, flute

Halle Fischer, trumpet

Max Newcomer, alto sax

Abby Mangas, piccolo

Hanna Noughani, oboe

Abhav Soni, clarinet

Hanna Noughani, piano

Abhav Soni, piano

Harrison Braun, trombone

Max Newcomer, jazz woodwind improvisation Maylynn Hu, piano

Abigail Thompson, piano

Hayden VanGilder, cello

Amanda Roesch, alto sax

Henry Gruett, French horn

Amanda Roesch, jazz woodwind improv solo

Henry Gruett, violin

Andrew Allen, jazz piano

Holly Essert, alto sax

Andrew Allen, piano

Jack Mondi, trumpet

Andrew Martin, piano

Jack Ohly, jazz brass improvisation

Andrew Stine, alto sax

Jaimie Williamson, trumpet

Andrew Stine, baritone sax

Jason Yang, alto sax

Annie Chang, piano

Jenna Wagner, marimba

Aria Djamali, clarinet

Jon Roll, trumpet

Ava DeCroix, cello

Jonah Guse, piano

Ben Fagre, marimba

Jonathon Downs, alto sax

Ben Fagre, vibraphone

Jordan Gundrum, flute

Ben Foster, alto sax

Jordan Gundrum, piccolo

Brandon Dunk, marimba

Joseph Choi, cello

Britney Paul, flute

Julia Zhang, violin

Bryson Bauer, bass trombone

Julian Westerlund, violin

Bryson Bauer, euphonium

Kai Batley, alto sax

Calli Whitehead, oboe

Katie Stigler, flute

Calvin Guse, piano

Kian Djamali, jazz brass improv solo

Calvin Guse, viola

Kirstin Yu, violin

Cami Malak, flute

Kyra Ginsberg, trumpet

Charlotte Buck, tuba

Laura Stewart, oboe

Chase Harless, timpani

Leta Landucci, viola

Elena Sacchetti, piano

Leta Landucci, violin

Serena Raval, piano

Ella Hursh, flute

Lucy Croasdale, tenor sax

Sophia Bote, marimba

Ella Hursh, piccolo

Luke Whittingham, marimba

Sophia Patton, clarinet

Emily Keebler, alto sax

Luke Whittingham, multiple percussion solo

Susanna Zheng, clarinet

Emma Kostecki, flute

Luke Whittingham, timpani

Thorne Powers, trumpet

Emma Kostecki, piccolo

Maddie Holman, piccolo

Tim Dusek, trombone

Emma Neumann, cello

Madison Xiao, flute

Yale Huang, piano

Eric Lee, violin

Marcus Knoke, cello

Yale Huang, trombone

Felcity Cole, alto sax

Mary Hsu, viola

Zoe Ystenes, piano

Grace Madigan, flute

Maureen Sheehan, viola

Zoe Ystenes, violin

Graham Butler, bass

Maureen Sheehan, violin

Megan Andrews, French horn solo Meghna Datta, violin Mia Chapman, violin Michael Brenton, parade drum Michael Chiaverini, alto sax Moniek Smink, bass clarinet Nathan Trinkl, piano Nicholas Lobaugh, violin Nicholas Quartaro, violin Nick Fuhrman, tenor sax Nickolas De Oliveira, alto sax Nickolas De Oliveira, piano Noah Erhardt, acoustic guitar Norah Martin, piano Philip Mackey, tuba Poojha PrabaharaSundar, viola Rachel Huber, trombone Rachel Roberson, trumpet Rohan Shah, acoustic guitar Ruth Thompson, piano Ryan VanGilder, cello Saemee Kim, clarinet Sam Eggert, alto sax Sam Jaeger, marimba Sam Miller, cello

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Block 1 Percussion Ensemble Brass quartet: Tim Dusek, Jack Ohly, Tyler Huff, Bryson Bauer Brass quintet: Alex Ashley, Nik Steele, Calli Whitehead, Will Dovenbarger, Philip Mackey Cello trio: Sam Miller, Marcus Knoke, Joseph Choi Clarinet choir: Abhav Soni, Serena Raval, Anna Paulsen, Natasha Kinne, Anaka Srinivas, Lili McGuffey Clarinet duet: Amber Fuerbringer, Henry Cryns Clarinet duet: Jonathan Downs, Andrew Stine Clarinet duet: Susanna Zheng, Saemee Kim Clarinet trio: Andrew Allen, Susanna Zheng, Saemee Kim Flute duet: Maggie Carey, Grace Madigan Flute percussion duet: Ella Hursh, Luke Whittingham Flute trio: Cami Malak, Emma Kostecki, Maeve Gonter Flute/Clarinet trio: Jordan Gundrum, Lauren Hurd, Katy Kulie

MHS Ensembles that qualified for State!

Flute/Oboe duet: Grace Madigan, Hanna Noughani Horn choir Jazz combo: Jack Ohly, Jonathan Downs, Aaron Boorstein Jazz combo: Rohan Shah, Andrew Stine, Jonathan Downs, Aaron Boorstein, Jack Ohly Keyboard mallet duet: Haiwen Dai, Alex Warholic Keyboard mallet quartet: Jenna Wagner, Sophia Bote, Max Balasubramaniam, Ben Fagre Percussion quartet: Jenna Wagner, Sophia Bote, Max Balasubramaniam, Ben Fagre Philomusica Piano duet: Hanna Noughani, Eli Shlimovitz Piano duet: Nathan Trinkl, Calvin Guse Saxophone choir: Jason Yang, Piper Bailey, Amona Saleh, Clara Nemr, Luke Jurgella Saxophone duet: Amanda Roesch, Felicity Cole Saxophone duet: Holly Essert, Felicity Cole Saxophone duet: Jonathan Downs, Andrew Stine Saxophone quartet: Kai Batley, Sam Spellman, Cole Olmsted, Connor Hellenbrand Saxophone quartet: Max Newcomer, Holly Essert, Felicity Cole, Andrew Stine Saxophone trio: Ben Foster, Andrew Stine, Andrew Kruck String quartet: Camille Moreau, Ruth Thompson, Abigail Thompson, Zoe Ystenes String quartet: Eric Lee, Kirstin Yu, Leta Landucci, Sam Miller String quartet: Stuart Wodzro, Frank Thornton, Nitin Somasundaram, Joseph Choi String quintet: Nicholas Lobaugh, Celia Jones, Jack Wozniczka, Noah Lamson, Graham Butler String trio: Reshma Gali, Shruti Pathasarathy, Emma Neumann Trombone/cello duet: Bryson Bauer, Emma Neumann Trumpet duet: Alex Ashley, Nik Steele Trumpet duet: Thorne Powers, Jaimie Williamson Upperclassman Flute Choir Viola duet: Maureen Sheehan, Calvin Guse Violin choir: Nick Spevacek, Nathan Trinkl, Keng Thao, Steven Huang, Balaji Veeramani Violin duet: Stuart Wodzro, Eric Lee Violin quartet: Mary Hsu, Rachael Lee, Shreya Godishala, Grace Steinmetz Violin/Cello duet: Meghna Datta, Marcus Knoke Woodwind ensemble: Abby Mangas, Maggie Carey, Grace LaBoda, Quinn Harris, Paige Olson, Ally Schollmeyer Woodwind quintet: Jordan Gundrum, Hanna Noughani, Susanna Zheng, Megan Andrews, Aaron Brenton

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Reflections by a music parent and accompanist We all love to be told we’re doing well. The solo/ensemble festival is no different. Students doing Class A pieces, which have the opportunity to “go to state,” hope that their rating that day will be 1* so they are state bound. As parents and friends, we may want our students to just do their best. And we may also feel good when our kids or those we know are headed to state. But the solo/ensemble experience is about so much more than the rating. The month leading up to the WSMA district solo/ensemble festival is a time of tremendous music learning and growth. Hundreds of students spend many hours practicing their instruments or singing in preparation for the day. The weeks leading up to the solo/ensemble festival are a fun time to be around the music hallway. There are bound to be small groups of students rehearsing in nearly every nook, cranny and closet at that end of the school building. Obscure pianos in places such as the PAC coat room, are called into action as accompanists visit school to practice with their students. On the day of the festival, some students will be at school for one solo and one ensemble and then go home. Many are there for the day, performing in a variety of solos and ensembles. This variety of performances will often be on different instruments. Or it may be in playing different styles of music, such as classical and jazz. After a student performs, his or her judge provides comments. The judge both commends the student musician’s performance and gives suggestions for improvement. Following the performance and feedback, students and parents hover around the hallway where the unofficial ratings are posted. Students hope to find a 1 or a 1* next to their name. These ratings indicate a student's performance was given a first or that they qualified for the state solo/ensemble festival. Middleton High School’s music program, and the music program in the MCPASD is outstanding. Year after year, hundreds of MHS students qualify for the state festival and are given other musical accolades throughout the year. This year, more than half (53%) of the Class A events from MHS have qualified for state. But what about when a student works hard and doesn’t get the rating they had hoped? It happens. Even if a student has practiced a lot, nerves can sometimes mean his or her performance that day was not as polished as when he/she played it at home the night before. As with any competition, different judges, different days can mean different scores. But value of the solo/ensemble experience isn’t the rating. Regardless of the rating, preparing for and performing in solo/ensembles is an incredibly valuable experience. Students grow musically as they invest time to learn particular pieces of music and increase their musical skill in the process. They acquire discipline to persist in working out the difficult passages or in practicing with a metronome to get a consistent tempo. They learn to listen to one another as they play in ensembles, and work to sound like a cohesive whole rather than individual players. A wonderful side benefit of all the hours of individual practice, is that the bands, orchestras and choirs all sound beautiful in March. When almost every student invests hours singing or playing their instruments the ensembles grow. This is because each student increases his/her skill level, no matter where he or she started. So, while we specifically congratulate the students who have qualified for the state festival, we also congratulate every student involved with solo/ensembles. We commend every student who invested his or her time to increase his/her musical skill, to persist even when it was difficult, and to listen to and work with others. It was worth the effort! By Rhonda Thompson

Rhonda is the mother of five children who have been part of the music program at Middleton High School. The youngest two will graduate from high school this June. She also has accompanied some orchestra students for their string solos at the solo/ensemble festival for the last eight years. She has enjoyed the opportunity to hear students develop their musical skills from their first accompaniment rehearsal until their performance.

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Thank you to everybody who helped to host the Solo/Ensemble Festival at MHS! It would not have been possible without all of YOU!! Further thanks to those of you who provided food for the pot luck luncheon for judges and accompanists! We really appreciate your support of music education!

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Donations to MOM (Middleton Outreach Ministries) Did you know that you may bring donations of pantry items to any MHS concert and they will be donated to Middleton Outreach Ministries? Your generosity will help us with this important mission!

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Recognizing music as an art form that is an essential part of human expression, the Middleton-Cross Plains music educators will guide students to develop skills, insights, and attitudes for a lifetime of music.

How Does MHS BOPA Benefit Our Students? The Middleton High School Band and Orchestra Parents’ Association exists to ensure that every student musician (not simply those that can afford it) in band and orchestra classes can have a rich and meaningful experience learning about and performing music. Over the years, BOPA has developed a well-deserved reputation of having a student-centered purpose, fundraising efficiency, and a fun group for parents to be part of. MHS BOPA is a great booster organization that makes so much happen for our students. Thank you to all of you for making it happen! Annually, BOPA spends approximately $125 for each student enrolled in band or orchestra classes. Without these funds, most of the enrichment and learning opportunities for our student musicians would simply not be possible. Things you help make possible for MHS BOPA to facilitate with funding include: • • • • • • • • • •

Accompanists for the Solo & Ensemble Festivals Summer Music Camp Scholarships Visits by Guest Artists Commissions of new music State Honors Ensembles Honorariums Trip Assistance Grants School Field Trips Special emergency equipment needs (repair / replacement of specific instrument in need) Travel expenses for tours Visit and performance by the world-renowned String Fever

The Whole Note: MHS BOPA Newsletter: March 2018: vol 28, iss 4 lmg4  
The Whole Note: MHS BOPA Newsletter: March 2018: vol 28, iss 4 lmg4