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
"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
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.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 1, 2001