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Choir teacher moves forward in Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition

Choir teacher John Myszkowski teaches his zero hour class March 3. Zero hour gives students the opportunity to take choir if it does not fit into their regular schedule.

Lilly Strathman

March 10, 2020

When reflecting on progressing to a semi-finalist in the Minnesota Teacher of the Year competition, choir teacher John Myszkowski said he realized this was a great opportunity to speak on his passions. “I have to make a short video and was given the prompt of ‘what do you think are the major e...

Choir makes unfortunate schedule decision

Junior Leo Dworsky and other members of the ‘Hairspray’ cast perform their final dress rehearsal Feb. 19. Choir performed the musical “Hairspray” Feb. 20–Feb. 23.

Colin Canaday

February 23, 2020

Scheduled for 8-11 p.m. Feb. 22, the Sno Daze dance directly conflicted with the high school choir rendition of “Hairspray” on the same day at 2 p.m. The competition between these two events demonstrates concerns with current scheduling procedures and has the potential to turn away prospective actors...

Choir teacher announced as a candidate for teacher of the year

Choir teacher John Myszkowski speaks to his students Jan. 31. Myszkowski is currently a candidate for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

February 3, 2020

Choir teacher John Myszkowski said he was overjoyed upon hearing of his nomination for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award and feels incredibly grateful to Park for giving him the opportunity to succeed. “I'm very moved and touched by the outpouring of people that have said congratulations,”...

Choir performs at winter concert

Senior Mitchell VonEschen sings during the choir winter concert Dec. 17. VonEschen is a part of Park Singers and concert choir. Concert choir performed four songs alone.

Gabriel Kaplan and Noah Orloff

December 19, 2019

Concert, varsity choir and Park Singers held a joint winter concert Dec. 12. Throughout the performance, the three choirs focused on winter and holiday themed music, mainly singing independently of each other. ...

Elementary, high school students unite in performance

Sophomore Leo Dworsky models the notes in one of many songs he is teaching to fourth and fifth grade theater kids at Aquila Elementary School, May 9. The students will perform a showcase for parents and community members June 5.

Annica Schultz

May 29, 2019

Every Thursday afternoon freshman Anna Haen and sophomore Leo Dworsky can be found helping energetic fourth and fifth graders with their singing and dancing, according to Dworsky. Anna Haen said she will teach the young actors techniques to improve their performing. “More than anything, I am excited to watch...

Choir prepares for last concert of the year

Senior Ayanna Nathan prepares her solo for the upcoming choir concert. The 1950's POPS concert will be May. 29.

Abigail Prestholdt

May 28, 2019

Choir teacher John Myszkowski said the concert has a central theme and gives the students new, exciting opportunities to get more involved. “We've been, now for a number of years, doing a new decade each concert with the subsequent decade and this year is the 1950s. The cool thing is the students actu...

Sophomores accepted into All-State Choir

Sophomore Phoebe McKinney sings and dances during her zero hour choir class. Choir is preparing for their 1940's POPS concert May 29 in the High School auditorium .

Abby Prestholdt

May 13, 2019

After hearing he had been accepted into All-State Choir, sophomore Leo Dworsky said he was excited to begin the program because of all the good stories he has been told about it. “From what I have heard it is a really cool experience so it'll be really cool for me as well,” Dworsky said. Sophomore...

Choir fundraiser quiz

Senior Monica Foley April 11 practice dance during the choir class. The choir is fundraising to be able to take a trip to New York during the summer.

Abby Prestholdt

April 17, 2019

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Choir works to make ‘The Sound of Music’ a success

Sophomores Deo Shindano and Cal Stokes practice singing their part with the rest of choir Feb. 7. Shindano and Stokes both play Rolf in Park's rendition of

Ethan Meisler, Adin Zweigbaum, and Sofia Seewald

February 20, 2019

As choir gets ready to perform “The Sound of Music,” sophomore Leo Dworsky said the cast has been working productively during practices with help from choir teacher John Myszkowski, as well as co-director Lillian Zumberge. “Basically in the rehearsals we work on staging. The theater director helps us bl...

Choir begins preparation for musical

Juniors Euan Lim and Mitchell Voseschen are rehearsing for the school musical

Sofie Geretz and Ethan Meisler

January 17, 2019

Choir teacher John Myszkowski said the satisfaction he gets from teaching high school students is because of their increased abilities and adaptability when it comes time for big performances. “High school kids are easier to work with. They’re capable of much more difficult things, and they...

Junior sings in selective youth choir

Amaya Fokuo rehearses in the VocalEssence choir Nov. 19. The group of high school students rehearses every Monday 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Augsburg University. The next VocalEssence concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec.1.

Marta Hill

December 7, 2018

What did VocalEssence do with Josh Groban? I sing for a company called VocalEssence. VocalEssence basically got an invite from Josh Groban’s people to pick a gospel choir of about 20 people to sing backup for him. What does being in VocalEssence entail? It is a performing arts program for singers. We ar...

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