Despite an unusual Spring, awards have still been earned and presented! We are thrilled to share these student accomplishments!

Each year, the Minnesota Music Educators Association accepts auditions from students in high school bands, TRudzitis_All-State Choirchoir, and orchestras for an All-State spot in March. Judges listen to the students, evaluating them on their overall musicianship and technique. In mid-April, the MMEA All-State Committee chooses the final rosters. This year,  Junior, Taaron auditioned and was accepted into the All-State Choir Men’s Group in Minnesota.  These are the best singers in MN with close to 700 auditions. He will be performing with the MMEA All-State Choir during the MMEA Convention in February, 2021! Congratulations Taaron!

In addition, Seniors Jeremy and Finn were also recognized with major awards given each year to Band Students throughout the country.

First, the John Philip Sousa Award is given to the student recognized for overall superior musicianship and dedication to Band. It is the highest honor for a high school band student. Jeremy, is this year’s John Philip Sousa Award recipient.

Finally, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award is given to the student who exhibits superior dedication, musicianship and creativity in Jazz music. Finn is this year’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Award recipient!

Congratulations gentlemen on these high honors and thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with the community.

Middle School students have had some exciting opportunities in the Fine Arts this winter.

In November, Daniel K was chosen to be a part of the 7-8th grade Honor Choir sponsored by American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota (ACDA-MN). Students from all over the state of MN Auditioned and were chosen to be a part of this 135+ voice choir.

Then students, Rachel S, Abigail H, and Sophia M, were nominated to the 6th-8th Central MN Band Director’s Association (CMBDA) Honor’s Band. They performed with 100 other metro students that were honored for their talent and commitment. The girls rehearsed all day at Elk River High School in preparation for the afternoon concert.

“It was a long day, but a lot of fun playing with other students that were serious about their music”, said Sophia.

“We performed all five pieces and worked very hard in rehearsal until we got it”, said Abigail.

Congratulations to these musicians for their accomplishment!