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WHS senior Lukas McIlhaney was recently named 1st chair flutist for the 2014 Interlochen World Youth Wind Symphony in Michigan. McIlhaney auditioned for the position, competing against students from 30 states and the United Kingdom!

McIlhaney places 1st chair at Interlochen's World Youth Wind Symphony!

WHS senior to perform Wahoo's own Howard Hanson in July 26 live podcast

WHS senior Lukas McIlhaney continues to impress!

Of the 10 flutists in Interlochen's World Youth Wind Symphony (WYWS), McIlhaney has earned 1st chair!

The 2014 WYWS consists of 75 high school students from 30 states and the United Kingdom. Through audition, they have been invited to gather at the Interlochen Center for the Arts near Traverse City, Michigan for six weeks of intense musical study. They perform roughly 40 minutes of different material every Saturday while they are there.

The only exception is the Interlochen Theme, that is performed at the end of every ensemble's performance at Interlochen. This short, but beautiful theme was composed by Wahoo's own Howard Hanson, who was instrumental in the founding of the art center and was a guest conductor there for many decades. Steeped in tradition, it is oddly and eerily considered taboo for applause to follow any performance of 'The Theme'.

The concert on Saturday, July 26 (6:00 p.m. Wahoo time) will be podcasted live at: http://live.interlochen.org/corson-camera 

Along with the traditional Hanson theme that will conclude the program, the July 26 concert will also feature an arrangement of Gustav Holst's First Suite in E-Flat, and some of the first performances of the latest works by Frank Ticheli and Roshanne Etezady.

Congratulations Lukas on this very prestigious honor!

Below is a highlight video from the 2014 Interlochen Arts Camp. McIlhaney can be seen on frames 1:03 to 1:34:


About the Interlochen Center for the Arts:

Interlochen was founded in 1928 and is located in beautiful northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance, guided by an outstanding faculty and guest artists and inspired by the scenic beauty of the campus.

McIlhaney places 1st chair at Interlochen's World Youth Wind Symphony!

Nate McIlhaney
The Fab ShopOffice

Jul 29, 2014

Great job Luke! Can't wait to hear you solo with the Omaha Symphony in October!
Mr. Libal

Jul 29, 2014

Lukas, what at tremendous honor! Congratulations!! You have made Wahoo Public Schools and the Wahoo Music Department proud!!!
Barb Shanahan

Jul 29, 2014

Congratulations Lukas!! 1st Chair!!!! What an honor for you to receive and the connection this school has with Wahoo's Howard Hanson, just icing on the cake!! You make us proud!!
Mary McIlhaney

Jul 30, 2014

Congratulations, Lukas. I'm pretty proud of you, too!
Larry Fangman
Wahoo High Schoolteacher

Aug 12, 2014

Wow! We have had all-state performers, but now we have an all-world performer. Awesome!

Aug 12, 2014

Great job Lukas!! Amazing work!

Aug 15, 2014

Congratulations, Lukas! You always do a phenomenal job. Bailee is lucky to have played duets with the best!