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
“To be part of a group whose combined passions were focused on preparing and sharing music in a professional manner was a definite catalyst to my pursuing music as my career. Sharing and learning from one another as young people as well as from an esteemed line up of music professionals at that time was exhilarating and deeply rewarding on many levels.” – Diana I.,1978, 1979, and 1980 State Honors Orchestras
“Singing in the 1970 WSMA Honors Choir was the start to a career in music education. Singing with the best singers in Wisconsin gave me the encouragement and confidence to study vocal music at Milton College. From 1975-2011, I led a fulfilling career in sharing my passion for choral music with students in grades 5-12. I directed the Green Bay Boy Choir from 1992-1997 and the Green Bay Children’s Choir 1997-2002.
The honors project has become apart of my family. My son sang in the choir for two years and my daughter played in the orchestra for two years. I also served on the Middle Level Honors staff. It is clear that the Honor Project has had a valuable impact on my life. Thanks for 50 years – keep going!” – David W., 1970 Honors Choir