UW-Green Bay to host Wisconsin student musicians for solo, ensemble festival
Thousands of dedicated middle and high school student musicians from across the state are preparing for the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo & Ensemble Festival. UW-Green Bay will host this event from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 3 on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public.
“We’re happy to welcome these talented students, their teachers and supporters to our campus,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Kevin Collins, Festival Manager for UW-Green Bay. “It is also an opportunity for our University to showcase our facilities, and the great teamwork of our faculty, staff and students, and emphasize how much we value and support the efforts of our school music colleagues, their students and their families.
“We have some fun surprises in store for our guests this year, and you’ll want to be on the lookout for some special promotions and great photo opps. We’ve also created a hashtag for the occasion, and are encouraging participants to tweet ratings pictures, Vines, etc. to #gbsoloensemble.”
In addition, Collins said, the University is for the first time planning to post ratings online at www.uwgb.edu/music (click the “WSMA Festival Results” link).
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. UW-Green Bay’s festival will welcome students from 84 participating public, private and homeschools. Festival schedule and other information for the Green Bay site is available at www.wsmamusic.org/festivals/state/greenbay.html. For additional information about WSMA, visit www.wsmamusic.org/.