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MPS junior Yer Thao is selected to join Kids from Wisconsin

Yer ThaoYer Thao, a student in the vocal music program at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, has been selected as a principal singer for the 2017 Kids from Wisconsin show troupe. Hundreds of young people age 15 to 20 auditioned for positions with the group. The newest cast was announced in early March.

Yer has been an active performer at MHSA in the school’s award-winning Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Opera Workshop and Concert Chorale. She is also an active member of the Sophia’s Heart music troupe, a local nonprofit community group established by Danny Goeke.

The MHSA junior is looking forward to traveling around the state as a professional performer and is grateful for this wonderful opportunity. “I am so thankful for a school like MHSA,” she said. “Students can really develop their artistic ability at such a high level through multiple classes in the arts.”

The 2017 theme for the Kids from Wisconsin is “Head Out on the Highway.” The group will hit the road from June 22 to August 19, creating a musical journey across America and visiting some of the greatest music destinations of all time.

Expanded arts opportunities are part of the MPS Eight Big Ideas: Educate the Whole Child strategy to promote student achievement.

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