Top student musicians at UW-Parkside Saturday
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside welcomes hundreds of high school and middle school music students Saturday, May 5, for the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Music Festival. One of the largest student events of its kind in the nation, the WSMA State Music Festival takes place in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities and other campus venues from a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
"The WSMA State Music Festival is a nurturing experience for participating students, as well as their families and teachers," said UW-Parkside Festival Manager James Crowley. "The festival also provides an opportunity for the campus and music program to showcase the beautiful, new UW-Parkside facilities and to emphasize how much we value and support the efforts of our school music teaching colleagues, their students, and their families."
To participate in the WSMA State Music Festival, students must earn a "starred first" rating in Class A (the most difficult music) at a WSMA District Music Festival, hosted by schools for students in grades 6-12. Students can select from a variety of instrumental and vocal solo and ensemble categories for their performances. More than 225 district festivals were held in Wisconsin during the past six months, involving more participants than any other student activity in the state.
WSMA Program Director Jeff Gretzinger explained, "Wisconsin music students continue to grow in their level of dedication and achievement. The WSMA State Music Festival provides a quality opportunity for music students to share the talents and skills developed in the classroom while creating a lifetime memory through their state performance."UW-Parkside joins UW campuses in Whitewater, Platteville, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, and Stevens Point in hosting a WSMA State Music Festival. For more information on WSMA State Music Festivals, visit www.wsmamusic.org on the web.