1968 – Present
Are you an alumni student, staff or conductor of the acclaimed WSMA High School State Honors Music Project? Do you know someone who is?
WSMA is collecting lifetime memories to include in our celebration of the 50th anniversary and we want alumni to share… Where are you now? How did honors impact your life? Do you have a special photo, memory or testimonial? (Selfie videos are encouraged!)
Please share your memories by going to the High School State Honors Memories Collection.
“My honors experience still marks the best and most memorable musical moment of my life. It was spiritual—inspiring me to intern for and eventually join the WSMA staff. Now I am honored to help provide this experience to as many students as possible.” – Anne Proescholdt, Honors Band 2007 and current WSMA program associate
“I had been considering a career in music, but after my honors experience I knew that I wanted to be a band teacher. From auditioning to performing, the experience made me realize how powerful music is, how to always strive for the best, and how music brings amazing people together.” – Rachel O., 1994 Honors Band
“When I was asked to serve as a section coach for the Mixed Choir (2016 & 2017), I was so glad to be able to “give back” a little to this program that so positively impacted my life. It was a very gratifying and validating experience to be on the other side of the equation, helping passionate young singers pursue excellence, affirm their sense of contribution, teamwork, and leadership, and express themselves through great choral music. And the friendships I made with the students and colleagues I met were equally meaningful; MORE memories to last a lifetime!” – Brad Burrill, 1987 Mixed Choir, 2016 & 2017 Mixed Choir Section Coach, current Wausau West HS choir director