Michibago teachers enjoyed the first meeting of the new school year at the studio of Louise Mann, on Friday, September 27, with Barbara Froehlich, NCTM presenting on rote teaching for beginners. She is part of the Fox Valley Music Teachers Association and brought many helpful materials and ideas to share with us about teaching beginners. We were pleased to meet several new members at this meeting and are looking forward to a full and successful year!
Our teacher retreat kicked-off that afternoon as well, this year at a lakeside vacation home in Waupaca. Topics discussed this year included performance anxiety and strategies to help our students, mental health when balancing a busy teaching schedule, and using Music Mind Games to teach music theory, among many others. The board game Maestro! about famous composers of European history was enjoyed among the teachers, along with other games, fresh air, campfires, and copious amounts of delicious food and drink. A good time of connection and renewal was had by all in attendance!
We were thrilled with the students who chose to participate in Young Musical Stars in Concert Saturday, May 4, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts. Michibago Music Teachers Association and Shorewest Realtors were excited to offer the opportunity to showcase Sheboygan County’s talented youth for our 10th Annual Concert.
A Special performance at this year’s concert included NICHOLAS SUMINSKI, from Williamsburg, Michigan and Appleton, Wisconsin, a piano concerto soloist who has performed with the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra. He won the Wisconsin State Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition and Lawrence Conservatory’s Concerto Competition. He was awarded the 2016 Marjory Irwin Prize for Piano Performance and the 2018 Margaret Gary Daniels Keyboard Performance Award, and the prestigious Wriston Scholarship. He is simultaneously pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in chemistry and Bachelor of Music Degree in piano.
"Here’s what Michibago Music Teachers is about—a long day of volunteering so that over 100 music students in our area can play on the Stephanie [H.] Weill stage. Tricia Marton and Drea Wagner sword fighting to Pirate music backstage helping one of my students feel more at ease as she gets ready to go on stage. Young Musical Stars just had its 10th concert in big part because the backstage energy is deliberately kept light and fun." -Louise Mann, President and Treasurer of MMTA
That backstage energy is characteristic of all Michibago events. Kind encouragement and inclusion is the overarching tone of our organization, and it has allowed us to work together to serve our students with opportunities like Young Musical Stars.
Thank you to all of our Parent Booster volunteers! Teachers are grateful when parents step in to give a helping hand with the many tasks that go into putting on this concert each year. Our families have been wonderful to step forward and help to make everything go so smoothly.
Here's to many more years of showcasing the talent and hard work of youth in our community!
Grade 4 Results (Site 1):
Winner: Eric Hou (student of Tatyana Smith)
Runner Up: Sarina Zhou (student of Shu-Ching Chuang)
Honorable Mention: Matthew Lin (student of Tatyana Smith)
Annika Zhou (student of Shu-Ching Chuang)
Lily Sun (student of Sam Ecoff)
Grade 5 Results (Site 2):
Winner: Rocky Yang (student of Bill Lutes)
Runner Up: David Plummer (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Honorable Mention: Christina Wang (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Jude Stallbaurr (student of Paulette Garin)
Leon Cao (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Audrey Zheng (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Ryan Zhu (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Grade 6 Results (Site 3):
Winner: Eric Yuantong Ma (student of Flora Lim)
Runner Up: Audrey Semin (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Honorable Mention: Ella Stolzman (student of Erika Moldenhauer)
Alexander Thomas (student of Flora Lim)
Jackson Menzel (student of Sam Ecoff)
Jenna Reenders (student of Sarah Vincent)
Victoria Garces (student of Drea Wagner)
Grade 7 Results (Site 4):
Winner: Sophia Jiang (student of Bill Lutes)
Runner Up: Zengtao Xing (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Honorable Mention: Shira Gui (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Elizabeth Fall (student of Bethany Hartlab)
Pria Joseph (student of Elizabeth Daniels)
Adrian Jin (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Grade 8 Results (Site 5):
Winner: Corona Chen (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Runner Up: Grace Hou (student of Tatyana Smith)
Honorable Mention: Matthew Chu (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Kevin Liu (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Grace Fan (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Grade 9 Results (Site 6):
Winner: Cynthia Lu (student of Tatyana Smith)
Runner Up: Chris Wu (student of Shu-Ching Chuang)
Honorable Mention: Joshua Cao (student of Flora Lim)
Daphne Wu (student of Bill Lutes)
Jonah Braun (student of Linda Johnson)
Rohan Yethinaj (student of Kristine Bergtson)
Grade 10 Results (Site 7):
Winner: Wojtek Klos (student of Mary Anne Harris)
Runner Up: Yale Huang (student of Bill Lutes)
Honorable Mention: Cynthia Cao (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Jeffrey Lu (student of Denise Taylor)
Geoffrey Xue (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Grade 11 Results (Site 8):
Winner: Elizabeth Rhinehart (student of Lori Schneider)
Runner Up: Andy Liu (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Honorable Mention: Finn Buch (student of Opala Bilhorn)
Alexander Ge (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
George Logan (student of Denise Taylor)
Joshua Vang (student of Tricia Marton)
Grade 12 Results (Site 9):
Winner: Emily Chu (student of Margarita Kontorovsky)
Runner Up: Benjamin Nelson (student of Terri Seitz)
Honorable Mention: Daisy Chen (student of Elena Petrova)
Kaitlyn Lampe (student of Rachel Chapin)
Winner: Travis Beckler/Teddy Xing (student of Cyndi Duszynski)
Badger Vocal/Instrumental Competition
Winner: Joshua Vincent (Student of Sarah Vincent)
Winner: Anna-Helena Hamann (Student of Marsaia Kaster)
Runner-Up: Isabella Sand (Student of Marsaia Kaster)
(These results do not include the Vocal, Strings, or Flute divisions, which will be updated as information becomes available.)
This was also our beloved Drea Wagner's last meeting before she heads to North Carolina next month to take a music faculty position at Ambassador Baptist College!
Drea has been a member of MMTA for 12 years, taking on such roles as festival chair, secretary, president, and everything in between. We can’t quite imagine being without her and will surely miss her, but we will remember to move forward with the same dedication and care that she gave to MMTA. Thank you, Drea, for your years with us and we hope you will visit once in a while!
Congratulations and thank you to all of our participating students and teachers in the spring Composition Festival! Today, April 27 at St. Peters UCC Church in Kiel, honorable mentions and winners shared their talents in a recital. It was inspiring to hear such beautiful music. What a fun afternoon!
Entries for the festival were adjudicated by Kevin Olson, an accomplished composer, pianist, and teacher. It was a huge privilege for entrants to receive valuable feedback on their pieces from him!
Wisconsin Music Teacher Association District Auditions have been held throughout the state during the month of March. Auditions for the Sheboygan District were held at Lakeland University on Saturday, March 2.
Students who enter the State Track, playing three memorized pieces and receiving an 80 percent and above on their theory test, are eligible to compete in one of three state-wide WMTA competitions. The following students are eligible:
Congratulations to all of our Participants, Honorable Mentions, Runners-Up, and Winners at our Fall Festival today featuring 20th and 21st Century Music! We have been delighted to hear all of you and see your smiling faces! Division results are posted in the photos below as they are available throughout the day.
Winner's Recital- 3:30 PM at Bradley Auditorium
Photos at 3:15 in the Bradley Auditorium Lobby
All Winners, Runners-Up, and Honorable Mentions should be in Bradley Auditorium at 3:15 for group photos. Winners and Runners-Up will play in the Winner's Recital in Bradley Auditorium at 3:30 PM. Thank you!