Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Students from Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) have captured six coveted places in an all-state vocal ensemble sponsored by the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA). Following the rigorous audition process, the students will take part in virtual rehearsals and performances in January.
The WCDA hosts the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble annually. Student entries are submitted from all over Wisconsin for consideration for this prestigious ensemble.
This is the first year that MHSA students have auditioned for the 16-member group, with the final results landing the school in more than one-third of the available seats. Each student prepared and submitted a solo from the standard jazz literature, as well as an ensemble excerpt.
The singers will participate in virtual rehearsals and a performance during the WCDA annual state conference in January. MHSA Choral Director Raymond Roberts shared his pride in the students and emphasized the opportunity for musical growth. “This is music-making at the highest level,” Roberts said. “Students will be working with college professors from Columbia College and the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, and will be exchanging musical experiences with other gifted high school singers from around the state.”
Congratulations to our students, who will serve as phenomenal music ambassadors to a statewide audience!
- Adrean Maxwell
- Jeffrey Pastor
- Damien Blair
- Treysean Hall
- Glorymar Mendez
- Nyaira Shackelford-Jackson