The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will host hundreds of the state’s top middle and high school student musicians as part of the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, May 4.
Held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event is free and open to the public. Performances will be held in the Noel Fine Arts Center, College of Professional Studies building and Collins Classroom Center on campus throughout the day. More information may be found at www.wsmamusic.org.
“The WSMA State Music Festival is an enriching experience for all participants, both performers and their supporters,” said Brendan Caldwell, UW-Stevens Point festival manager and assistant professor of music. “It is also an opportunity for our music program to showcase our facilities and emphasize how much we value and support the efforts of our school music colleagues, their students and their families.”
To qualify for the state festival, students earned a “starred first” rating in a Class A piece (the most difficult music) at one of 225 WSMA District Music Festivals held over the last six months. The participants, in grades 6–12, perform in a variety of instrumental, vocal solo and ensemble categories.
“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,” said the association’s Executive Director Tim Schaid.
Nine other state universities are also hosting state festivals, making it one of the largest of its kind in the nation with a total of more than 32,000 students participating.