SOMERS — Thousands of Wisconsin middle and high school student musicians converge on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday, May 4, for the Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and featuring musicians from more than two dozen area schools, the competition is free and open to the public.
To qualify for a WSMA state music festival, students must earn a “starred first” rating in Class A, the most difficult music, at a WSMA District Music Festival. Participants in grades six to 12 choose from a variety of instrumental and vocal solo and ensemble categories for their performances in district festivals throughout the state. During the past six months, WSMA has held more than 225 such events.
“Wisconsin music students continue to excel in their level of achievement and dedication to excellence,” said Tim Schaid, WSMA executive director. “The WSMA State Music Festival provides a quality opportunity for them to share the talents and skills developed in the classroom while creating a lifelong memory through their state festival performance.”
Area schools participating at the UW-Parkside festival are: Burlington Catholic Central, Burlington High School, Case, Gilmore, Horlick, Jerstad-Agerholm, Racine Lutheran, McKinley, Mitchell, Park, Prairie, St. Catherine’s, Starbuck, Walden III, Union Grove and Waterford.