THANK YOU TO OUR DIRECTORS AND MUSICIANS FOR AN ENJOYABLE EVENING OF MUSIC AT THE SPRING MUSIC DEPARTMENT CONCERT!•March 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Wednesday, March 26th, 8:00 P.M., High School Auditorium — Music Department Concert featuring the Orchestra, Band, and Choir– Followed By A Dessert Reception•March 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment
Don’t miss the Spring Music Department Concert with performances by soloists Hannah Thompson and Stephanie Steltzer. Read their impressive biographies below.
Hannah Thompson is principal violist and co-president of the Whitefish Bay High School Orchestra. She began playing viola at age eight with Jonathan Brodie and later Laura Rooney, and currently studies with Jenny Kozoroz. This is her sixth year with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she is co-principal viola. She has received two Exemplary Soloist awards at the Wisconsin State Solo and Ensemble festival, as well as highest marks for quartet and duet performance for the past five years. Hannah is also a six-time participant in the Wisconsin Honors Orchestra, including two seasons as principal viola. This summer, she had the privilege of participating in the Stanford Youth Orchestra, where she performed as a soloist and as principal viola. You may have seen her performing in this year’s musical, Hello Dolly, as the savvy millineress Irene Molloy. In college, she hopes to continue her involvement in orchestral music while pursuing an engineering major.
Stephanie started playing the piano before the first grade and, after being introduced to mallet percussion, began studying marimba and jazz vibraphone as well. Stephanie has participated in Whitefish Bay’s two honors jazz groups, full orchestra, marching band, pep band, and the honors wind ensemble. Additionally, she has performed with the Rivers School Conservatory (RSC) Youth Symphony Orchestra from Weston, MA on the stages of Jordan Hall (New England Conservatory) and Symphony Hall in Boston several times, playing pieces ranging from The Symphonic Dances of West Side Story and Capriccio Italien to the Olympic Spirit and the 1812 Overture– complete with cannons and fireworks. She also performed with the RSC Honors Marimba Ensemble, which provided Stephanie the opportunity to record three pieces at WGBH studios in Boston with the professional music group Boston Musica Viva. Stephanie was awarded a spot in the MMEA Eastern Senior District Band, the Massachusetts All- State Orchestra (also a part of MMEA) as principal percussionist, and the NAfME All- National Honors Concert Band. Stephanie will follow both of her parents in attending UW-Madison, where she will be studying biomedical engineering and the life sciences. She plans on playing with the percussion ensembles and participating in club soccer in her free time.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BAND DIRECTOR AND STUDENTS FOR THEIR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCES AT DISNEYWORLD. WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE YOU REPRESENTING WHITEFISH BAY HIGH SCHOOL!!