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Wausau Pro Musica initiated a Mentoring Program for Young Women in the Arts. We launched this pilot program in the fall of 2017. We offer this opportunity to young women in all of the area high schools. Ideal candidates must be one of the top choir students in their school program, have at least two years of choral experience, possess strong musical and vocal skills, possess the maturity and self-confidence to join an adult ensemble and be interested in continuing artistic studies in college. The students receive free tuition and materials this semester as well as workshops. We are thrilled with the positive impact our Mentees have had on Wausau Pro Musica and we believe we positively impact their lives as well.
Audrey is a student at Marathon High School, where she is the Choir President. Music is such an important aspect of her life. Starting from learning trumpet in fourth grade and continuing into high school, where she decided to start doing theater. She performed as Ado Annie in Oklahoma her sophomore year of high school, which was the beginning of her choral career. Audrey will be studying music education at University of Wisconsin-Marathon County this fall with plans to transfer to the University of Eau Claire. Audrey aspires to teach music to show them the happiness that it can give and the power it has on the mind.
Emily was a member of the first mentorship program, Fall-2017. A 2018 graduate of Merrill HS, she is currently a freshman, majoring in music at UWSP @ Wausau. Her goal is to become a high school choir teacher in the Great Lakes area. Past activities include Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz; she is currently active in Vocal Jazz at UWSP@W. Emily grew up singing in church and grade school. Through her high school years, she realized she wanted to continue in music. "With the help of many amazing choral directors, such as Mr. James Bjorklund, Mr. Joshua Olson, and Dr. Judy Durocher-Sidlowski, my passion for music has flourished."
Katie is the K-12 General and Vocal music teacher at Marathon City School District. Katie received her Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI in 2012. Katie taught K-12 General, Instrumental, and Vocal music in Craig, Alaska for two years, then Katie and her husband moved to Kentucky where she completed her Master of Music in Flute Performance from Morehead State University in Kentucky. This past year Katie and her family moved back to her home state of Wisconsin with their first child to be closer to family.
Allie joined WPM as a participant in the first Mentor Program in 2017 and says singing and being a mentee with Wausau Pro Musica is really fun! She's done many musicals and is in choir at school. She also has been taking voice lessons at Wausau Conservatory of the Arts for three years with Mrs. Barbara Lattimer. She is involved in the theater program at Wausau East High School and wants to pursue Musical Theater in college. Allie loves Broadway!
Eveline is a senior at Merrill HS and joined WPM as a mentee in 2017. She has always had a passion for music and acting. She has sung in multiple variety shows, was a member of the cast for the 2016 production of Les Liserables, and most recently, played Miss Medda Larkin in Newsies. Eveline has also been student director for the high school's One Act Program. Wausau Pro Musica has been a part of her life for two years and she couldn't be happier to be a member of such a great choir. This year she sings with the first altos.
Delilah's been singing all her life. Singing with various companies and schools, she's participated in nearly 20 musicals. She attends D.C. Everest SHS and performs with the Song Spinners, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir. Delilah is open-minded about music and says she just likes all music! She says growing up in a church has also shaped how she sings. Delilah has a passion for learning and plans to attend UWSP at Wausau with a focus on Theater. You can usually find her involved in a theater project or drawing. This is Delilah's first year and she's looking forward to getting to know all the lovely ladies of WPM.
Our mentees, post-performance of the "Princess Power Medley" in our Seasons of Love concert, May 10, 2019. Left to right: Eveline Nyberg, Delilah Haefner, Allie Weaver, Emily Toth.
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