Wisconsin student musicians prepare for Solo Ensemble Festival

The Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo & Ensemble Festival will take place at Viterbo University on Saturday, May 4.

Thousands of middle and high school student musicians from across the state will perform from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“The WSMA State Music Festival is an enriching experience for all participants, both performers and their supporters,” said Michael Ranscht, Festival Manager for Viterbo University. “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.”

Students must earn a “starred first” rating in Class A (which consists of the most difficult music) at a WSMA District Music Festival to qualify for WSMA State Music Festivals. The participants, in grades 6-12, can choose from a variety of instrumental and vocal solo and ensemble categories for their performances in district festivals throughout the state. Over the past six months, WSMA has held over 225 such events, involving more participants than any other student activity.

“We are extremely proud to support student growth throughout Wisconsin with programs like WSMA State Solo & Ensemble Festivals that contribute to a well-rounded education. The dedication and effort that the students demonstrate is truly inspiring,” said WSMA Executive Director Laurie Fellenz.

Nine other university campuses will host performances by more than 32,000 students, making this event one of the largest of its kind in the nation. UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater will hold festivals on April 27. Cardinal Stritch University, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside and UW-Stevens Point festivals will be held on May 4. An evening Jazz Festival will take place on May 3 at UW-Green Bay.

More information on WSMA State Music Festivals and other programs can be found at wsmamusic.org.

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