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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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UW-Eau Claire Hosts
WSMA Music Festival
MAILED: May 1, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE—The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the Wisconsin School Music Association’s State Solo and Ensemble Festival Saturday, May 5.
         More than 4,000 student musicians who earned superior ratings in district events will participate in the competition.
         UW-Eau Claire is one of eight campuses hosting the event. Other UW campuses involved include Milwaukee, Platteville, Oshkosh, Whitewater, Stevens Point, Parkside and Green Bay.
         "The WSMA State Music Festival is a great example of how two educational agencies can form a partnership to serve talented youth in our state," said Dr. Sarah Jerome, president of WSMA. "This illustrates a strong commitment to service by UW-Eau Claire."
         The festival involves student-prepared vocal or instrumental solos, duets, trios or small ensembles before evaluators. The festival allows students to improve their performance skills and also provides opportunities for them to understand the relationship between music and other life experiences.
         "Solo and small ensemble performance presents young musicians with new challenges and extends their musical development," Jerome said. "Participation in this activity continues to grow in Wisconsin."
         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 in grades 6-12. More than 182,000 students participated in district solo and ensemble events this year.
         The WSMA is a non-profit service organization composed of over 1,000 member schools, dedicated to music education.
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Updated: May 1, 2001