Shell Lake Arts Center proudly hosted the annual Middle School Honors Choir Concert this past week on the evening of Thursday, April 5th, in the Darrell Aderman Auditorium.  

List of schools that attended Honors Choir 2018:  Barron Riverview, Cadott Jr. High, Cameron Middle School, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Middle School, Cumberland Middle School, Elmwood Middle School, Luck Middle School, Northwood Middle School, Osceola Middle School, Rice Lake Middle School, Shell Lake Middle School, Solon Springs Middle School, St. Francis de Sales Catholic (Spooner), St. Joseph Catholic School (Rice Lake), Thorp Middle School, Rib Lake Middle School, Altoona Middle school, Prescott Middle School

Over 200 of the most talented middle school vocalists from 18 different area schools came together for the event.  Led by choir directors Matthew Brennan and Jennifer Gulsvig, the students spent the day rehearsing in sectionals, as well as the full ensemble, working to master the complicated techniques required to perform the difficult pieces.  The concert audience was treated to student solo performances, selections from both choirs, a performance from the choir directors from each of the participating schools, and an amazing finale to end a wonderful evening!


The Arts Center will also host over 70 students at The Eileen Cohen Middle Level String Orchestra Workshop this Thursday, April 12th, 2018. Students will spend the day in sectionals and large group rehearsal with conductor James Bartsch.  Mr. Bartsch is orchestra teacher in the Mounds View, MN public schools, conductor with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies for the past 26 years, and current president of the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association.  

List of participating schools in the Eileen Cohen Middle Level String Orchestra Workshop 2018: Hudson Middle School, ChippewaFalls Middle School, HACIL - Northwoods Strings, John Muir Middle School (Wausau), DC Everest Middle School (Weston) and AshlandMiddle School

As part of this special event, the Eileen Cohen String Quartet from Eau Claire, WI will perform movements from Haydn's String Quartet in D Major, and from Mozart's String Quartet 23 in F Major at 3:15 PM in the Arts Center's Darrell Aderman Auditorium and the student performance will follow at 3:45 PM. The performances are free and the public is welcome to attend!  

For more information on the Middle School Honors Choir or The Eileen Cohen Middle Level String Orchestra Workshop, please email, visit the Arts Center’s website at or call 715-468-2414.

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