Poster High school music class
A high school music class in Alexandria, Minn.
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Learning to Listen: Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest

Learning to Listen: Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest

Each year, hundreds of high school students study and prepare for the Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest.

The contest began in 1987 with 10 participating high schools. Now, more than 200 teams compete each year.

Students learn characteristics about eras like Baroque and Romantic music, and study about specific composers and pieces. The study guide changes each year, and includes features on ethnomusicology and a highlighted composer.

On this week's Learning to Listen, hear from two mentors: Nanette Stroebel, a listening coach and a music teacher at Harding High School in St. Paul, and Melissa Bergstrom, a coach and the author of this year's study guide.

Program Playlist

Lili Boulanger
Of a Spring Morning
Women's Philharmonic
JoAnn Falletta, cond
Koch 7169

John Dowland
Lachrimae: Pavane
The Mississippi Guitar Quartet
Centaur 2624

Carlo Gesualdo
The King's Noyse
Harmonia Mundi 907159

Florence Price
Symphony No. 3, 3rd & 4th mvmt
Women's Philharmonic
Apu Hsu, cond
Koch 7518

George Frederic Handel
Jephtha: Sinfonia (Overture)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, cond
Coro 16066

Ellen Predergast
Mele Ai Pohaku (Stone-eating Song)
Hawai'i Arts Ensemble
Michael Pili Pang, cond
ARC 2459

Johann Sebastian Bach
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Fugue No. 1
Angela Hewitt, piano
Hyperion 67303

Marin Marais
The Palladian Ensemble
Linn 100

Franz Joseph Haydn
String Quartet No. 30, "The Joke"​
Emerson String Quartet
DG 471327

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