Warrior musicians receive recognition

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards and recognized the accomplishments of 25 student musicians for the 2019-20 academic year.

The National School Choral Award® is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of top choral students nationwide and was awarded to senior Madelyn Plitzuweit, daughter of Tom and Bath of Oconomowoc.

Outstanding Vocalist awards for the A Cappella Choir were awarded to four senior sopranos, including Emma Berg, daughter of Nathan and Jennifer Berg, DeForest; Anna Bilitz, daughter of Ben and Sarah, Sun Prairie; Brontë Perkins, daughter of Brett and Heather, Madison; and Ashley Valerio, daughter of David and Cyndi, Delafield. Plitzuweit also received the Senior Accompanist award.

Two Outstanding Leadership awards were given, one to senior tenor Connor Dobson, son of Roger and Rachelanne, Johnson Creek, and a senior bass Kyle Doering, son of Matt and Jill, Lake Mills. The Swing Choir Choreographer recognition was given to senior Hannah Koenig, daughter of Brad and Cheryl, Cambridge.

In band, Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. This year’s recipients include seniors Ella Collins, clarinet, daughter of Clark and Tricia, Lake Mills; Jadyn Duddeck, saxophone, daughter of Timothy Duddeck, Whitewater, and Jody Duddeck, Palmyra; Cody Gumz, percussion, son of Rachelle Jaeger, Marshall; Gilbert Haw, trombone, son of Steven and Heidi, Marshall; Katelyn McGurk, French horn, daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert, Lake Mills, and Chris McGurk, Fargo, N. Dak. Juniors awarded include Megan Grambsch, flute, daughter of Chad and Rachel, Columbus; Grace Seim, trombone, daughter of Steve and Julie, Beaver Dam; and Nick Yaroch, trumpet, son of Matt and Sue, Fall River. A sophomore, percussionist Benjamin Kasper, son of Caleb and Sara, Helenville, and freshman Marissa Duddeck, saxophone, daughter of Timothy Duddeck, Whitewater, and Jody Duddeck, Palmyra, also received the award.

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award® was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each high school nationwide; this year’s award was presented to junior Nick Yaroch. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to senior Jadyn Duddeck.

Said to be the most prestigious band award given to a high school band member, the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation, and was awarded to senior Gilbert Haw.

Since the Wisconsin State Music Association state festival was canceled due to the pandemic, WSMA offered a Virtual State Solo Festival available for the state-qualifying performers. Eighteen Class A entries from Lakeside Lutheran earned a starred first rating at the District level held the week of Feb. 24-29. Of those 18, ten solos were able to perform for the virtual state festival. Receiving firsts for their performances were Emma Berg, musical theater soprano; Benjamin Kasper, drum set; freshman Jack DePrey, piano, son of Steve and Beth, Sun Prairie; and Ella Collins, piano. Receiving seconds were Gil Haw, trombone; Katelyn McGurk, French horn; Madelyn Plitzuweit, piano; Emma Berg, soprano; and junior Hannah Meyer, soprano solo and musical theater solo, daughter of Matthew Meyer, Jefferson.

13 from the LLHS Class of 2020 were among the 25 Warriors who received recognition, including , in order of appearance in article: Madelyn Plitzuweit; Emma Berg, Anna Bilitz; Brontë Perkins; Ashley Valerio; Connor Dobson; Kyle Doering; Hannah Koenig; Ella Collins; Jadyn Duddeck; Cody Gumz; Gilbert Haw; Katelyn McGurk.

Student musicians receive recognition

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards for the 2018-19 academic year to several student musicians at Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

AcadAwds2019_AndersonThe National School Choral Award® is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of top choral students nationwide and was awarded to senior Samantha Anderson, daughter of Daniel and Natalie of Sun Prairie.

Olivia Fregien, daughter of Brad and Rachel of Madison, received an Outstanding Vocalist award for the A Cappella Choir. AcadAwds2019_GrambschBenjamin Grambsch, son of Chad and Rachel of Columbus, received the Outstanding Leadership award. Abigail Buxa, daughter of Greg and Linda of Oconomowoc, received the Senior Accompanist award.

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Sophia Griffin, Lodi, and Madelynn Klug, Ixonia, received 2019 choreography awards at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills.

The Swing Choir Choreographer recognition was given to Sophia Griffin, daughter of Dave and Nedra of Lodi, and Madelynn Klug, daughter of Kevin and Gretchen of Ixonia.

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Those seniors recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures at the recent Lakeside Lutheran Awards Night were (L-R) Olivia Fregien, Madison; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; and Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek. Fregien also received the Outstanding Vocalist Award. (Missing: Megan Borth)

Senior choir members, Megan Borth, daughter of Dale and Julie of Watertown; Olivia Fregien; Olivia Kassulke, daughter of Tim and Tammie of Watertown; and Hannah Willems, daughter of Drew and Heidi of Johnson Creek, were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures.

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Winning Outstanding Musician instrumental awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills were (back row, l-r) Carson Brumm, Lake Mills; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Cody Gumz, Marshall. (front row) Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater, (also awarded Woody Herman Jazz Award, John Philip Sousa Band Award); and Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills.

In band, Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. This year’s recipients include Carson Brumm, son of Kevin Brumm of Lake Mills and Karen Scholten of Rapid River, Mich., tuba; Gilbert Haw, son of Steven and Heidi Haw of Marshall, trombone; Jadyn Duddeck, daughter of Timothy Duddeck of Whitewater and Jody Duddeck of Palmyra, saxophone; Luke Marti, son of Kevin and Julie Marti of Oconomowoc, baritone; Tyler Affeld, son of Dave and Brenda Affeld of Watertown, trumpet; Olivia Fregien, flute; Riley Schulz, daughter of Todd and LaRae Schulz of Fort Atkinson, flute; Madelaine Triebold, daughter of Dana Triebold and Kurt Treibold of Oconomowoc, clarinet; Cody Gumz, son of Rachelle Jaeger of Marshall, percussion; and Katelyn McGurk, daughter of Damion and Laura Dehnert and Chris McGurk of Lake Mills, French horn.

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award® was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each high school nationwide; this year’s award was presented to Gilbert Haw. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to Jadyn Duddeck.

Said to be the most prestigious band award given to a high school band member, the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation, and was awarded to Jadyn Duddeck.

Student musicians receive recognition

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards for the 2017-2018 academic year to several student musicians at Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

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Winning vocal, choreography and accompanist awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills included (L-R) sophomore Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; and seniors Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Aly Steffan, Lake Mills; Emily Weber, Helenville; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; and Sophia Collins, Lake Mills.

The National School Choral Award® is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of top choral students nationwide and was awarded to senior Maria Werre, daughter of Luke and Jennifer Werre of Sun Prairie. A Gueldner Music Clinic scholarship was awarded to sophomore vocalist Abbie DiGiovanni, daughter of Michelle DiGiovanni of Jefferson and Michael DiGiovanni of Surprise, Ariz.

Two A Cappella Choir seniors received Outstanding Vocalist awards: Aly Steffan, granddaughter of Kenneth and Donna Steffan of Lake Mills, and Emily Weber, daughter of Jeff and Rebecca Weber of Helenville. Sophia Collins, daughter of Clark and Tricia Collins of Lake Mills, received the Senior Accompanist award. The Swing Choir Choreographer recognition was given to Jenna Gaal, daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Gaal of Oconomowoc. Senior choir members, Joseph Grambsch, son of Chad and Rachel Grambsch of Columbus, Noah Lorenz, son of Lois Lorenz, Watertown, and Emelyn Schoeller, daughter of Todd and Michelle Schoeller, Helenville, were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures.

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Those seniors recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year A Cappella tenures at the recent Lakeside Lutheran Awards Night were (L-R) Noah Lorenz, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; and Joseph Grambsch, Columbus.

Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. This year’s recipients include Sophia Collins, marimba; J Doyle, son of Jack and Julie Doyle, DeForest, percussion; Mitchell Doyle, son of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown, percussion; Ashley Fritz, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Fritz, Middleton, saxophone; Joseph Grambsch, trumpet; Aaron Natvig, son of Jon and Cindy Natvig, Cottage Grove, percussion; Charlie Pingel, son of Jim and Renae Pingel, Sun Prairie, F horn; Katrina Stratman, daughter of Pastor Paul and Corinne Stratman, Beaver Dam, trombone; and Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown, trombone.

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award® was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each high school nationwide; this year’s award was presented to Joseph Grambsch. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to Ashley Fritz.

Said to be the most prestigious band award given to a high school band member, the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation, and was awarded to Ashley Fritz.

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Winning Outstanding Musician instrumental awards recently at Lakeside Lutheran in Lake Mills were (back row, l-r) seniors Mitch Doyle, Watertown; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; J Doyle, DeForest; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie; Joseph Grambsch, Columbus (also awarded Louis Armstrong Jazz Award). (Front) Ashley Fritz, Middleton (also awarded Woody Herman Jazz Award, John Philip Sousa Band Award); Matthias Winters, Watertown; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills.

Student musicians receive awards

The Lakeside Lutheran Music Department, led by Choir Director James Buege and Band Director Glen Pufahl, presented music awards for the 2015-2016 academic year to several student musicians at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

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The National School Choral Award® is the highest honor for high school choral performers. It recognizes the dedication and musical achievement of top choral students nationwide, and was awarded to senior Hannah Hoffman, daughter of Brian and Carrie Hoffman of Waterloo. A Gueldner Music Clinic scholarship was awarded to junior vocalist Mindy Meske, daughter of Jeff and Jayne Meske of Jefferson.

Several A Cappella Choir seniors received Exemplary Leadership awards from the choral department for their outstanding contributions to the choir and school. Recipients included primary piano accompanist Brittni Jegerlehner, daughter of AJ and Betty Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Becca Doering, daughter of Matt and Jill Doering, Lake Mills; Josh Schoenfeld, son of John and Lisa Schoenfeld, Lake Mills; David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon; Josiah Eaker, son of Tricia Eaker, Watertown; and Mark Hoeft, son of Steve and Amy Hoeft, Fort Atkinson. Eaker and Hoeft were recognized for perfect attendance in more than 40 events over their two-year tenure in A Cappella choir.

Outstanding Musicians are chosen by fellow band members in recognition for outstanding musical achievements, cooperation and dedication to the Lakeside Lutheran band program. 2016 recipients included senior saxophonist Hollie Doyle, daughter of Jeff and Heidi Doyle, Watertown; sophomore sax Ashley Fritz, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Fritz, Middleton;  senior baritonist Paul Grunewald, son of Michael and Kristen Grunewald, Bettendorf, Iowa; senior trumpeter Elias Lipasti, son of Mikko and Erica Lipasti, Lake Mills; senior hornist Lydia Ulrich, daughter of Rick and Tina Ulrich, Lake Mills; senior percussionist David Wilson, son of Noreen Wilson, Pardeeville and James and Aimee Wilson, Brandon; and sophomore trombonist Matthias Winters, son of Jim and Kimara Winters, Watertown.

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award® was inaugurated in 1974 with the consent of his widow shortly after this great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding jazz musician at each high school nationwide; this year’s award was presented to senior trumpeter Lipasti. The Woody Herman Jazz Award® was created in 1988, shortly after Herman’s death, also to honor outstanding jazz students, and was given to senior saxophonist Doyle.

Said to be the most prestigious band award given to a high school band member, the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation, and was awarded to Lipasti.