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Carter Kuehn

Carter Kuehn

Nicole Skalicky

Carter Kuehn

Nicole Skalicky

Nicole Skalicky

Carter Kuehn

Nicole Skalicky, Writer

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Owatonna High School is filled with many musically gifted students, however, some standout from the rest. Senior Carter Kuehn is one of these standouts. Kuehn is involved in many different musical elements in and outside of school. He participates in OHS Band and Orchestra, the pit orchestra for OHS Musicals and NHS. Outside of OHS, Kuehn also plays in the Owatonna Community Band and Orchestra. All of these events have their own unique aspects that Kuehn enjoys, ranging from the individual work needed for success and teamwork.

Music has always played a large role in Kuehn’s life. He has been playing piano for over ten years. His main instrument for the past six years has been the oboe. During his high school career, Kuehn has accomplished some extraordinary things. In 2017, Kuehn auditioned for the   Minnesota All-State Orchestra. After multiple audition tapes, he was selected to play the role of principal oboe. Kuehn said, “ You’re playing with the best of the best high schoolers in Minnesota. Every time we did it, we got to really focus in on the details of the music and all the things that make it fun to play at a higher level.” Later that year, Kuehn had the opportunity to meet and play with professional musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra. Kuehn said, “I got to stand next to a professional oboist, and it was really fun to learn from her.”

You’re playing with the best of the best high schoolers in Minnesota. Every time we did it, we got to really focus in on the details of the music and all the things that make it fun to play at a higher level.”

— Carter Kuehn

In January, Kuehn participated in Solo Ensemble. He was very happy with his performances, receiving a perfect score of 40 on his solo. All three groups that he was involved in received superior awards. OHS Orchestra director Mrs. Sandra Justice said, “Carter has transitioned from always being a very mechanical player to having this wide knowledge of phrasing and emotional component to his oboe playing that I’ve watched evolve through the last four years.”  Kuehn is considering majoring in Oboe in college to further his musical talents but does not plan to pursue it as a profession.

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Nicole Skalicky, Writer

Nicole Skalicky is a junior at OHS. She is involved in link crew, plays tennis and lacrosse and is now in magnet. Skalicky is super excited to be a part...

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