Month: May 2013

Spirited Songs Airing in June on WPT

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will feature the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 10th-Anniversary concert, Spirited Songs: A Choral Celebration in several broadcasts in June. The concert, recorded in February, showcases performances by the Appleton-area’s leading choral organizations — the Lawrence Academy Girl Choir, the Appleton Boychoir, and the White Heron Chorale — as well as combo performances and a finale of all 260 voices on stage with an audience sing-along.

The Bel Canto and Allegretto choirs of the Girl Choir program participated in the choral extravaganza. “As WPT shines a spotlight on our programs and programs like ours in other communities, it celebrates the ways in which the arts remain a vital part of our human experience,” says Karen Bruno, conductor of Bel Canto, artistic director of the Girl Choir program, and director of the Academy of Music.

WPT also will provide songs, not included in the broadcast, and interviews with some of the young choir members at on the Web.

Spirited Songs: A Choral Celebration is part of WPT’s multiyear Young Performers Initiative that celebrates Wisconsin’s young artists.



On air

8 p.m. June 3, WPT

4 p.m. June 8, WPT

9 p.m. June 26, Wisconsin Channel

12 a.m. June 27, Wisconsin Channel

12 p.m. June 29, Wisconsin Channel



Streamed live at:

9 p.m. June 26

12 a.m. June 27

12 p.m. June 29


Visit for special web extras not seen in the broadcast.

WMTA Badger Auditions

Several Academy students participated in the WMTA State Badger Auditions on May 18, 2013. Congratulations to winners at the event including Alicia Zhang, Colin Mayo, Brian Zhou, Charles Wu, Marc Padilla and Christina Hanson, and runners-up Reagan Blohowiak and Grace Flaherty, all from the studio of Larisa Topolkaraeva. Receiving an Honorable Mention were Katherine Jeng, Philip Buchman and Pierce Blohowiak from Ms. Topolkaraeva’s studio and Payton Fors from the studio of Catherine Walby.

The winners and runners-up performed on the winners recital held at the end of the day.

Piano Masterclass with Maggie Charnon

Maggie Charnon, Green Bay piano instructor and clinician, held a master class with Lawrence Academy of Music students on Friday, May 3 at Harper Hall of the Lawrence Conservatory. Participating students Christopher Le Doux, Gabriel Smith,  Alicia Zhang, Gabrielle Medema, Tracy Wang,  Leyna Hahnke, and Colin Mayo were from the studios of Nell Buchman, Anna Reiser, Michael Rivers, Larisa Topolkaraeva, and Catherine Walby.