MAILED: April 24, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- The Wisconsin School Music Association's State Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Saturday, May 2.
Approximately 4,500 students will participate in the competition.
UW-Eau Claire is one of seven campuses hosting the event. Other UW locations include Stevens Point, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Whitewater, Milwaukee and Platteville.
The festival involves student-prepared vocal or instrumental solos, duets, trios or small ensembles performed before an evaluator. The purpose of the festival is to assist students in improving their musical performance, increasing their understanding of music literature and concepts, motivating participants to study music further, establishing standards of excellence in performance as well as providing opportunities for students to understand the relationship between music and other life experiences.
"When students participate in WSMA Music Festival, they challenge themselves to reach a goal and work hard to make it a reality," said Michael George, executive director of WSMA.
Participants recommended by their evaluators also have the opportunity to audition for one of 25 scholarships available for summer music study.
Annually WSMA music festivals attract thousands of students from middle, junior and high schools from throughout Wisconsin. Last year more than 177,000 students participated in the State Solo and Ensemble.
The WSMA is a service organization composed of nearly 1,000 schools dedicated to
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 23, 1998