CLS Music Students Take Stage in State Honors Concerts


Lauralei Palmer

Jacob Brown

The Wisconsin State Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project welcomed 316 students in grades 6-8 to perform in Waunakee, WI on Saturday, October 28, 2017. These students are many of Wisconsin’s most accomplished junior high and middle school music students (band, choir, and orchestra) and were selected from over 1,100 who auditioned for the program in April. Auditions included individual student performances and an ensemble class, taught by an Honors adjudicator. Selection was based on several elements of music performance.

Christian Life School was honored to have two of our students perform at this event. Lauralei Palmer (flute and piccolo), 9th grade, and Jacob Brown (violin), 8th grade. “Learning, interacting, and performing with other inspiring musicians from across the state under the direction of a nationally recognized conductor and some Wisconsin’s finest music educators, offers students an incredible enrichment opportunity,” said Erica Ruppert, WSMA program director.

Randy Dissmore, Director of CLS Fine Arts, stated, “I am very proud of both Lauralei Palmer and Jacob Brown’s selection into the WSMA Middle Level Honors Band and Orchestra respectively. These two very talented students have been selected from an arduous audition process of several hundred students from throughout the State of Wisconsin public and private schools to participate in this very amazing and special performance! This is a wonderful opportunity that they will never forget! I am thrilled that they both experienced an absolutely phenomenal music-making memory! On behalf of myself and CLS, we are PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!”