B. Increase students’ understanding of music literature and music concepts;
C. Motivate students to continue their study of music;
D. Establish standards of excellence in music performance;
E. Provide opportunities for students to understand the relationship of music experiences to other life experiences.
Solo & Ensemble Festivals
Students choose a musical selection from the WSMA Festival Music List to study and perform for an audience and adjudicator. The adjudicator provides a written and verbal critique of the performance and awards a rating based on defined criteria. Students that receive a “first-star” rating at the Class A level advance on to State Solo & Ensemble.
For students in grades: 6-12
District Festivals Timeline: November, January-April
Bands, Choirs and Orchestras perform two to three selections - one of which is chosen from the WSMA Festival Music List - for a panel of adjudicators. The adjudicators provide written and verbal critique for the ensemble and award a rating based on defined criteria. Directors also have the option of performing for “comment only,” in which their group will receive written and verbal critiques, but no rating is given.
For students in Middle School or High School Timeline: November-May
Launchpad is a statewide, alternative music competition for Wisconsin high school students who are in bands formed outside of the traditional music classroom ensembles. Groups selected from submissions perform in a regional competition. The top three finalists from each region then compete in Madison for the grand prize: free studio recording time, a Summerfest appearance and the Les Paul Launchpad Award.
For students in grades: 9-12 Timeline: November-June
Started in 1967, this program provides musically talented students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the nation's finest conductors in a professional, highly disciplined setting. Selected through a rigorous audition process, students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the short rehearsal period, which culminates with a performance in October at the Wisconsin State Music Conference held in Madison each year.
Middle Level State Honors: Grades 6-8 at the time of auditions Timeline: Dec-April, Oct
High School State Honors: Grades 9-11 at the time of auditions Timeline: Nov-Jan, June, Oct
Held in October, the State Marching Band Championships offers one of the few truly competitive activities WSMA offers. Bands are able to enter in a number of different categories. This popular event concludes with an evening awards ceremony recognizing the top performing groups in each class, as well as caption awards.
For students in grades: 9-12 Timeline: March-October
Students in grades 5-12 submit original compositions in two divisions with several different categories. The compositions are critiqued by Wisconsin composers and the top winner in each division is awarded a scholarship to study with a professional composer.
For students in grades: 5-12 Timeline: March-May
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