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The CWSO "So You Think You Can Conduct" contest winner (with the most purchased votes) earns the opportunity to conduct the full Symphony Orchestra for one piece at the February 23 & 24 concerts. We would like to introduce our candidates for the 2018-2019 season.
Tonya Haze was born and raised in the Frozen Tundra (a.k.a. the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). She wandered around the Midwest for several years - Lower Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska - before landing here in Wisconsin, where she currently works for NRG Media. She is Midday On-Air-Talent for Classic Rock 103.3 WGLX, and she also does Nights on Hot 96-7. She drinks insane amounts of coffee – and enjoys baking cookies to go with it. She likes to spend her weekends checking out the local art and music scenes, playing Euchre with friends, and spending time outside with her dog, Diamond.
Ellen Hilgendorf is currently the Owner of Ellen’s Rustic Lodge in Tomahawk, WI. She is also the Controller/Business Manager at Daigle Brothers, Inc. in Tomahawk. Prior to her management roles Ellen was a piano teacher for 35 years. For several years she sang with the Wheaton Choral Union at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Ellen was on staff at Grace Pointe Church in Naperville, IL as a church musician where she played keys, sang vocals, composed instrumentals & conducted small instrumental ensembles as well as directing worship teams. Since moving back to her hometown of Tomahawk she has been playing keyboard on the worship band at Northwoods Vineyard Church in Tomahawk. Ellen has studied Music Ed and Music Composition at UW Eau Claire and Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. In her spare time she enjoys working in her yard, hiking, kayaking, cooking & enjoying time with family and friends.
Sean Caldwell joined the NewsChannel 7 team in October 2012 as an anchor and producer for Sunrise 7. Since July 2017, he also serves as executive producer for the broadcast which was recently honored as the Best Morning Show-Small Market by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sean graduated magna cum laude from Five Towns College in New York with a degree in film. Before coming to Wausau, Sean worked as an anchor and reporter for KCWY News 13 in Casper, Wyoming. As a fan of the arts from a young age, Sean has always enjoyed performing whether in front of an audience or singing loudly in the car by himself. Though his job takes up a lot of his time, Sean has remained active with local theatre groups appearing in productions including 1776, Little Shop of Horrors and Beauty and the Beast. While he always enjoys singing with an orchestra, he admits he doesn’t know much about time signatures, dynamics or chord progressions. Still, he’s hopeful for the opportunity to learn with the musicians of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Sean lives in Wausau with his wife Kate and their cockapoo puppy Franklin Shepard.
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