March 1, 2018

District Music Festival to be held March 6th

On Tuesday, March 6th 2018, the music departments of Sparta Middle School and Sparta High School will participate in the Wisconsin School Music Association sponsored District Large Group Music Festival.

All band and choirs from both the middle school and high school will be participating. Each band and choir, grade 6 – 12, will perform three pieces for their clinician during the school day and receive a written critique of their performance.  The clinicians will also spend time working with each ensemble on ways to improve and / or enhance their performance.

We are very pleased to have two fantastic guest clinicians to hold workshops with our various ensembles during the school day.  Our instrumental music clinician, Karyn Quinn, has a 40-year career in the world of music!  She is in demand as a bassist throughout the Midwest and has performed in concerts with Kurt Elling, Wycliffe Gordon, Byron Stripling, Delfeayo Marsalis, Evan Christopher, and Eric Alexander among many others.  Karyn lives in La Crosse, WI and can be heard performing regularly with the La Crosse Jazz Orchestra, Safe Passage Jazz Quartet, The 3rdRelation Jazz Quartet, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and actively freelances in the recording studio, musical theatre pit orchestras and with various bands.  Karyn has a M.M. Degree in Bass Performance and Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.S. in Music Education.  She has been on the faculty at The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse for the past 27 years.  Karyn was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to study with bassist, Rufus Reid and has also performed in master classes for Gary Karr. Karyn is an active member of The International Society of Bassists and her method books for beginning electric bass students, Bass Sessions, are published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company.

Our vocal music clinician, Ann Elise Schoenecker, is highly sought after nationally and internationally as a singer, clinician and director. She has performed all genres of music from opera/oratorio to music theatre throughout the United States and Europe. She has appeared in over 30 opera and oratorio roles, most recently in the role of Asya in Arshin, Mal Alan at the famed Dorothoy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. She believes in training voices for multiple styles and genres (classical, musical theatre, jazz,  pop and rock). Dr. Schoenecker’s pursuits have taken her to Hong Kong, Vienna, Berlin, as both a teacher and performer.  She is a graduate of Luther College, the University of Missouri-Columbia under the tutelage of Costanza Cuccaro, and the University of Minnesota where she received her DMA in vocal performance and pedagogy under Lawrence Weller and Dr. Clifton Ware.  Dr. Schoenecker has held teaching positions at The Performing Arts Studios, Vienna-A professional music theatre school, in Vienna, Austria, Luther College, University of Minnesota and the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Dr. Ann Elise Schoenecker currently resides in Onalaska, WI with her husband and four daughters.  She is Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, teaching applied voice, lyric diction, song literature and opera literature.

The pinnacle of the day will be a Festival Concert held in the High School New Gym at 7:00 pm.  At this concert, each band and choir will perform one selection from its daytime clinic.  This concert is a fabulous way to both see and hear the progression of our Sparta School’s music students from the beginning stages at the middle school level through the high school level where students can become accomplished musicians.  The evening will conclude with a combined super group performance featuring all band and choir participants grade 6 – 12.  You will not want to miss this event!

Music directors are:  Camie Schneider – High School Choirs, Kyle Sonnemann – Middle School Choirs, Carrie Thompson – High School Band, Joe Gantzer – Middle and High School Bands, and Lisa Cash – Middle School Band.

The concert is free and open to the public.