Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Newsletter Winter 2016

Newsletter Winter 2016

Welcome to Academy of Sound's Winter 2016 Newsletter!

We have enough to share that starting next year Academy of Sound is going to be putting out a new newsletter each and every month. Look forward to reading our newsletter more often to keep up on Academy of Sound News!

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Office Updates


  • Academy of Sound's Holiday Recital was on Sunday, December 18th. Order your color, printed DVDs by contacting Please note how many copies ($14 per copy) you would like to purchase and your phone number. Make checks payable to “Oregon Community Foundation."
  • Adam Chisman has signed on to be the (interim) Managing Director at Academy of Sound. Adam will be managing our offices, faculty, programs, and email & phone communications. Please direct any questions or comments to him.
  • As you consider year-end giving, please take a look at Academy of Sound Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity that provides scholarships for private music study in our community. Everyone involved with the organization is a volunteer, so your contributions have a direct effect on scholarship awardees. ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE


Save the Date!

  • 12/23/2016 – 01/03/2017: Academy of Sound Closed
  • 01/08/2017 – 01/14/2017: 1st Semester Conference Lessons
  • 03/11/2017 – 03/12/2017: District Solo & Ensemble @ Verona Area High School
  • 04/29/2017: State Solo & Ensemble @ UW Platteville
  • 05/13/2017: Spring recitals
  • 05/21/2017 – 05/25/2017 & 06/02/2017 – 06/03/2017: 2nd Semester Conference Lessons
Our full calendar is here. Please subscribe if you use Google Calendar and/or iCal.

Featured Student: Jeremy Storlie

Jeremy Storlie on the AOS student drum set
Jeremy was nominated as this newsletter's Featured Student. He has been working hard this year to spice up the songs in his repertoire and taking his time to make sure he is practicing correctly. His work has evidently paid off, and was on display at Academy of Sound's 2016 Holiday Recital. I had a chance to interview with him after lessons this week while Rojo (our drum teacher) was taking down the drum sets.

Adam: Hello! I wanted to do something a little different than the bullet point Q&A that we have done in the past. Thanks for letting me interview you! ... Alright, What grade are you in?

Jeremy: 8th grade.

Adam: 8th grade. that is a good year. do you have any favorite subjects in school?

Jeremy: Math-

Rojo: Maybe because of all the counting you do here (in lessons). Counting to four over and over again! 

Adam: Do you have any other hobbies outside of school?

Jeremy: No, I mean, Drums and sports like basketball.

Adam: Cool. That also starts in on my next question: What instruments do you play and why?

Jeremy: Drums, because I think they are cool and they are interesting to me

Adam: Do you have any favorite drummers?

Jeremy: Well I have a lot.. like Rojo[laughs], and I watched a concert of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and it was kind of cool seeing the drummer.

Adam: One of the things the person that nominated you to be featured student noted was your excellent practicing habits... Do you have any practice tips for any other students that might read this newsletter?

Jeremy: Oh, well if you get kind of bored or frustrated with a song you are working on, maybe try playing a different song to cool down and then come back to it.

Adam: That is good advice! One last kind of random question for you. While Michael (one of our teachers) and I were thinking of questions to ask for an interview we thought this one was kind of funny. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

Jeremy: [laughs]Cocoa Dyno Bites I guess!

Many thanks to Jeremy for letting me interview him for this newsletter! I hope all our readers know him a little better!

AOS Tips

If you would like the official sheet music for popular songs, contact and we can have it ready for you by your next lesson! Please allow three days for shipping.

Meet Bridget Schwefel, Our New Voice Teacher

Bridget Schwefel
Bridget Schwefel began studying music at the age of 6, and has not stopped since. A native of McFarland, she participated in as many choirs, musicals, and Solo/Ensemble festivals as possible, including the Wisconsin High School Honors Choir. Her interest in music eventually led her to Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. During her time there she participated and was a finalist in two NATS competitions. She was seen on the Viterbo Fine Arts Center mainstage as Ado Annie in Oklahoma, as well as at the Weber Center for Performing Arts in Wouldn’t It Be Loverly: A Lerner & Loewe Revue, where she had the opportunity to perform with her college voice teachers. She has also performed with many Madison theatre companies including Music Theatre of Madison (Claudia in Nine); Four Seasons Theatre (Eponine in Les Miserables); Middleton Players Theatre, and Children’s Theater of Madison. Bridget joined the Academy of Sound faculty in Fall of 2016 and teaches on Wednesdays.

Did You Know?

A short, but interesting read for all caregivers of musicians.

Community Connections

  • Academy of Sound supported the “Once Upon a Mattress” play put on by Oregon High School November 11 - 13. We had four of our current AOS students, and too many alumni to count. Congratulations to all on an excellent production!
  • Sonatina Festival at Rhapsody Arts in Verona was a big hit. We had four attending students and their scores were as follows:
    • Jack Higgins: 4 out of 5
    • Barrett Anderson: 4 out of 5
    • Paige Stevenson: 4- out of 5
    • Charlotte Hendrickson: 5 out of 5!
  • Academy of Sound's newest teachers Bridget and Irene received a shout-out in the “Biz Briefs” section (page 8) of the December 15, 2016 edition of the Oregon Observer
  • Academy of Sound had it's Holiday Recital on December 18, and was well attended despite an unexpected reschedule due to the winter storm.

Policy Highlights

  • All of our recitals are now opt-in only. Sign-ups are done via the Parent Portal. Signing up for a recital or concert is easy -- just like signing up for a class!
  • Makeup lessons will be handled via group workshops (May 30 - June 1).


Always contact the AOS office (instead of private teachers) with scheduling questions and updates.
Call 608-371-9030 or write to report absences.

For More:

Read the WELCOME LETTER (click here) for all 2016-17 policy announcements.
Read the full Academy of Sound 2016-2017 Policy

Thanks for reading

That's all for this edition. If you'd like to suggest a story, or nominate a Featured Student, write to Meanwhile, we will see you at your lesson!

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