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UW-Eau Claire Hosts
WSMA Music Festival
MAILED: April 30, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a Wisconsin School Music Association State Festival Saturday, May 4.
"The WSMA State Music Festival brings thousands of dedicated students, parents and teachers to UW-Eau Claire. This illustrates a strong commitment to service by the University," said Dr. Sarah Jerome, WSMA president and Kettle Moraine superintendent of schools.
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 present young musicians with new challenges and extend their musical development," noted Jerome. "Participation in this activity is often a springboard to other accomplishments."
In order to participate in the State Music Festival, students must first earn a "superior" rating at a WSMA District Music Festival, hosted by schools for students in grades 6-12. More than 250 district festivals were held in Wisconsin over the past four months, involving 11,000 student musicians - more student participants than any other student activity in the state. WSMA-sponsored festivals represent one of the largest student activities in the nation.
Other UW campuses hosting WMSA festivals include Green Bay, Parkside, Stevens Point, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Platteville.
The WSMA is a non-profit service organization composed of over 1,000 member schools dedicated to music education.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 30, 2002