Local students to participate in District Solo and Ensemble Festival

Musical_notesStudents from area schools will participate in the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) sanctioned District Solo & Ensemble Music Festival hosted at DeForest Area High School on Saturday, March 5, 2016.  During the festival, which is free and open to the public, students will perform vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios and small ensembles before an adjudicator.

WSMA music festivals annually attract thousands of students from middle, junior high and high schools throughout Wisconsin. The festival will draw students from a number of area schools, including Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School, DeForest Area High School, DeForest Area Middle School, Pardeeville High School, Stoughton High School, Waunakee High School and Waunakee Middle School.  Brandon Bautz, music director from DeForest Area High School, will be serving as the festival manager.

“WSMA enjoys a long tradition of providing quality music education experiences to over 100,000 students annually. Festivals provide students with an opportunity to enrich their musical abilities and understandings as they perform and receive feedback from qualified adjudicators, and as they observe and listen to the performances of their peers,” said WSMA Executive Director Timothy Schaid.

WSMA music festivals support school music programs as part of a comprehensive education by encouraging the study of quality music literature; motivating students to prepare and perform to the best of their abilities; improving students’ understanding of music literature and concepts (performance through understanding) and providing a performance assessment to improve individual and group achievement.

For more information on WSMA, go to www.wsmamusic.org.

Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a service organization with more than 1,000 member public and private schools. Each year, more than 100,000 students participate in over 220,000 events for WSMA activities, such as District and State Music Festivals, Concert Festivals, State Honors Music Project, Student Composition Project and State Marching Band Championships. WSMA, headquartered in the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, is governed by a board of directors made up of superintendents, principals and other officers from all over the state. WSMA believes music is a basic human need and that all children have the right to experience all that music offers them.

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