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Barrett to Join Father and Brother for LGSO Concert

The musical heritage of the Josh and Carrie Barrett family will be on proud display during the final concert of the 2017-18 Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra season on May 19 at Calvary Community Church in Williams Bay starting at 7:30 p.m. Allisan Barrett, a senior at Whitewater High School, will play horn with the LGSO in the first (Allegro) movement of Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss. Allisan is the winner of the 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition sponsored by the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra and the recipient of the Rotary Club of Lake Geneva Neal Heffenan Art Scholarship. The concert will also showcase the musical talents of Josh Barrett, a long-time member of the LGSO, playing trumpet, and Nathan, a 2015 graduate of Whitewater High School, playing trombone. Tickets for the May 19 concert will be available for purchase before the concert begins. The concert will also include performances of Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The LGSO has performed regularly in Walworth County since 2001. The all-volunteer musicians reside throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. A chamber music concert series is also sponsored by the LGSO. For more information about the LGSO, visit

Addams Family
Addams Family Wins Three Jerry Awards

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the 2018 Jerry Awards (formally the Tommy Awards) for their outstanding work on The Addams Family! Congratulations to: Josie Hintz- Outstanding Stage Management, Becky Hoesly- Outstanding Costume Design, and Andra Matthews- Spirit Award (outstanding production member). Please congratulate them when you see them for their outstanding work. Andra will be performing at the Jerry Award ceremony on June 10 at the Overture Center. Josie and Becky will be recognized at the Director/Designer ceremony on June 1. (Lauren Harkness will perform with the Tommy Ensemble during this event.) Anyone wanting to attend the Jerry Awards ceremony on June 10th, please reserve your seat by contacting Jim McCulloch by May 17th. Each ticket is $15. The Drama Club will pick up the remaining balance. You are responsible for your own transportation to the event. This event will sell out and is 4 hours long. Anyone interested in attending the Director/Designer Ceremony on July 10, please RSVP to Jim by May 17th. There is no charge for this, but reservations are required, seating is limited, and you are responsible for your own transportation. Sellout crowds are certain for each event, so don't wait to order your tickets. Again, congratulations to our winners and everyone who made The Addams Family another huge WHS success!

State Solo and Ensemble
Music Students Compete at State Solo/Ensemble Festival

On Saturday, April 28th, twenty-four WHS students performed at the WSMA State Solo/Ensemble Festival on the UW-Whitewater campus. They performed in 22 individual and group events. All students received either a 1st or a 2nd rating for their performances. Congratulations to all who performed! The performers were Alisha Parboteeah, Henry Bresser, Lydia Wiley Deal, Katie Kuhtz, Caty Strait, Nick Kuzoff, Allisan Barrett, Caroline Crowley, Natalie LaBreche, Grace Ejnik, Kierstin Kehrer, Chris Porcaro, Carter Waelchli, Jacob Zuehlke, Elliott McCulloch, Amy Earle, Luis Ramirez, Jillian Harkness, Miriam Navejas, Alec Holt, Cally Julson, Angie McKelvey, Weston Lema, and Lauren Harkness.

Lake Geneva Art Show
Stillwagon Earns Honorable Mention in Geneva Lakes Art Show

Morgan Stillwagon received honorable mention at the Geneva Lakes Art Association Student Art Show at Gallery 223 in Lake Geneva, WI. This Art show featured high schools from around Walworth County. Each school entered 8 pieces. Other WHS artists who entered work were Jayanne Aron, Isabell Jackson, Tristyn Zimmerman, Billie Jo Parker, Crystal Chan, Ella Houwers, and Lizzy Holderfield.

Solo Ensemble
Students Advance to State Solo/Ensemble

WHS Students performed at the WSMA District Solo/Ensemble Festival at Jefferson High School on Saturday, March 10th. Congratulations to all students who participated. The students who will perform at the Wisconsin State Solo/Ensemble Festival on April 28th are Caroline Crowlley, Katie Kutz, Nick Kuzoff, Caty Strait, Henry Bresser, Lydia Wiley Deal, Natalie LaBreche, Grace Ejnik, Alisha Parboteeah, Allisan Barrett, Angie McKelvey, Weston Lema, Cally Julson, Gabe Schemmel, Lauren Harkness, Alec Holt, Elliot McCulloch, Kiersten Kehrer, Miriam Navejas, Carter Waelchli, Jacob Zuehlke, Luis Ramirez, Amy Earle, Jillian Harkness, and Chris Porcaro. Best of luck at State!

WCDA Honors Choir
Five Perform with WCDA Honors Choir in Wausau

Five WHS students performed in the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Honors Choir in Wausau, Wisconsin, in January. The students rehearsed with students from throughout Wisconsin for two days. They presented a beautiful and inspiring concert at the Grand Theater in Wausau under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas and Dr. Mary Hopper. Students pictured in the photo are Alexa DuClos, Savannah Boss, Alec Holt, Ian Killoran. Not pictured is Sage Spear. Henry Bresser was selected to attend, but was unable to participate.

RVC Honors Band Participants
Eight Participate in Conference Honors Band Hosted by WHS

On Monday, January 29, Whitewater High School hosted the Rock Valley Conference Honors Band. Former Whippet, Dr. Erika Svanoe was the guest clinician and did marvelous work with the students throughout the day. There were 90 students from the following schools: Beloit Turner, Big Foot, Brodhead, Clinton, Evansville, Edgerton, East Troy, Jefferson, McFarland, and Whitewater. Casual Joe's catered in a wonderful dinner for all the students, and the day concluded with a great concert. Whitewater students included: Lydia Wiley Deal, Caroline Crowley, Alisha Parboteeah, Miriam Navejas, Caty Strait, Allisan Barrett, Jacob Zuehlke, and Sophie Mayer.

Addams Family Musical
Addams Family Earns 14 Tommy Award Nominations

Congratulations to the cast and crew of "The Addams Family" for their Tommy Award nominations. The winners will be announced in May. WHS is one of 80 schools statewide (many much larger than us) that are competing for awards in a variety of categories. The winners are honored at the Overture Center later this year. Please congratulate everyone when you see them. It's a great day to be a Whippet!

  • Outstanding Orchestra
  • Outstanding Lead Performance
    • Angie McKelvey - Alice
    • Lauren Harkness - Wednesday
    • Weston Lema- Gomez
    • Carter Waelchli – Pugsley
  • Outstanding Supporting Performance
    • Allisan Barrett – Grandma
    • Henry Bresser – Lucas
  • Outstanding Direction - Jim McCulloch
  • Outstanding Musical Direction – Liz Elliott
  • Outstanding Choreography – Lynn Lema
  • Outstanding Stage Management – Josie Hintz, Emma VanDaele, David Kromholtz
  • Outstanding Scenic Design - Jim McCulloch
  • Outstanding Costume Design – Becky Hoesly
  • Spirit Award Winner Andra Matthews (she will perform at the 2018 Tommy Award Ceremony)

Three Students Earn Winning Words Awards

Three Whitewater High School students recently received kudos and awards for their written submissions to the Winning Words Competition sponsored by the Walworth County Arts Council. Zoe Janke won two awards for her creative narrative--she won first place in two categories: the $100.00 school award and the $300.00 Walworth County award. Marina Cano won 2nd place--$200.00--for the Walworth County award. Dylan McCool won 2nd place--$50.00--for the school award and 3rd place--$100.00--for the Walworth County award. All three winners will attend the Walworth County banquet on June 12 and receive their county awards at that time. Congratulations and best wishes!

Five Selected to Perform with High School State Honors Project

Some of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians are about to meet up for what could be the most rewarding musical experience of their lifetime – Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) 2017 High School State Honors Music Project. Congratulations to Whitewater High School students Allisan Barrett, Jacob Zuehlke, Lydia Wiley Deal, Caty Strait, and Caroline Crowley for their selection to this prestigious group! The High School State Honors Music Project is designed to provide musically talented students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation’s finest conductors in a professional and highly disciplined setting. Students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the rehearsal period, which culminates with an inspired performance, celebrating the reach of music education statewide. “When students are challenged beyond what is possible in a classroom, the results are often inspiring and even magical. Honors students learn that hard work, commitment, responsibility and working together for the good of the ensemble are the keys to success in music and in life,” said Victoria Donahue, WSMA program director. Auditions were held in seven sites across the state this past February. Of the more than 1,300 auditions, 424 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 were invited to be part of the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles. Students selected to participate in the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project will meet for the first time at an intensive four-day summer camp at UW-Green Bay. All Honors students reconvene in Madison in late October to perform at the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference. The Honors concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians and are open to the public.

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