Pianists perform in state honors concert

Twenty-four piano students of Candace Sather of Laketown Township performed in the 78th Annual State Honors Concert. The students include, bottom row, from left: Katelyn Krietlow, Madeleine Wiitala, Isabelle Abad, Alyssa Schug, Kathryn Gunderson, Erin Wohlers; 2nd row: Megan Beulke, Ann Patten, MacKenzie Hoyer, Allison Nicoletta; 3rd row: Katherine Johnson, Julia Sorensen, Laura Kirsch, Benjamin Olson; 4th row: Braden Johnson, Margaret Kirsch, Timothy Larson, Hayley Noack, Olivia Thomas; and back row: Hayley Mans, Emily Kirsch, Erik Schaffran, Dylan Noack, Christina Theis. (Submitted photo)

Twenty-four piano students of Candace Sather of Laketown Township performed in the 78th Annual State Honors Concert. The students include, bottom row, from left: Katelyn Krietlow, Madeleine Wiitala, Isabelle Abad, Alyssa Schug, Kathryn Gunderson, Erin Wohlers; 2nd row: Megan Beulke, Ann Patten, MacKenzie Hoyer, Allison Nicoletta; 3rd row: Katherine Johnson, Julia Sorensen, Laura Kirsch, Benjamin Olson; 4th row: Braden Johnson, Margaret Kirsch, Timothy Larson, Hayley Noack, Olivia Thomas; and back row: Hayley Mans, Emily Kirsch, Erik Schaffran, Dylan Noack, Christina Theis. (Submitted photo)

Twenty-four area students performed in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association’s 78th annual State Honors Concert. The concert was held in the Auditorium of the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday, May 18. The event consisted of 30 compositions for piano ensemble played by 700 winners of the MMTA State Contest. Dr. John Froelich conducted the concert The young musicians represent the top 5 to 7 percent of pianists in the state of Minnesota, each one diligently preparing and memorizing their contest piece, making sure to go beyond just the notes to prepare a musically artistic performance.
In February, approximately 3,500 students throughout the state competed in the preliminary contest. Those students who qualified, competed in the final contest held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. There were eight categories set up according to age level in addition to the Junior and Senior Young Artist categories. In the upper levels, successful completion of a theory test is a requirement in order to be selected to perform. This is part of the MMTA curriculum, which integrates theory and performance.
The following performers are all students of MMTA teacher Candace Sather of Laketown Township.
• Primary: Madeleine Wiitala, 2nd grade, Chaska.
• Junior A: Isabelle Abad, 3rd grade, Victoria; Katelyn Krietlow, 3rd grade, Edina; Alyssa Schug, 4th grade, Norwood Young America.
• Junior B: Kathryn Gunderson, 7th grade, Chaska; MacKenzie Hoyer, 6th grade, Chanhassen; Braden Johnson, 6th grade, Chaska; Allison Nicoletta, 6th grade, Chanhassen; Benjamin Olson, 7th grade, Chanhassen; Christina Theis, 7th grade, Chanhassen.
• Intermediate A: Megan Beulke, 7th grade, Chaska; Laura Kirsch, 7th grade, Waconia; Timothy Larson, 9th grade, Chanhassen; Olivia Thomas, 9th grade, Waconia; Erin Wohlers, 8th grade, Chaska.
• Intermediate B: Katherine Johnson, 9th grade, Chanhassen; Hayley Mans, 9th grade, Chanhassen; Dylan Noack, 8th grade, Excelsior; Ann Patten, 7th grade, Minneapolis.
• Junior Young Artist: Margaret Kirsch, 9th grade, Victoria
• Senior A: Hayley Noack, 10th grade, Minnetonka.
• Senior B: Emily Kirsch, 11th grade, Victoria; Erik Schaffran, 11th grade, Victoria.
• Senior Young Artist: Julia Sorensen, 12th grade, Chanhassen.
• Pre-Primary winners included: Nathan Krietlow, Kindergarten, Edina.
• Winners from the Final Contest who elected to decline their participation in the Honors Concert, Intermediate A: Alison Winslow, 8th grade, Chaska; Intermediate B: Selena Zingsheim, 8th grade, Excelsior.
• Alternates: Oliver Calder, Noelle Drapeau, Joseph Gerebi, Bennett Johnson, Annalise Larson, Peter Larson, Mason Machtemes, Christopher McNamara, Jacob Neis, Anna Roberts, Emily Sasik, Elsa Swanson, Alexandra Wagner, Elise Wilson.
• Finalists: Grace Bratrud, Lillian Esping, Tanner Johnson, Kari Meissner, Anna Neslund, Hailey Ponelis, Rowan Ponelis, Anna Roberts.

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