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Thousands of students headed to various locations across the state in the past few weeks for their opportunity to perform in a Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Music Festival – one of the largest student events of its kind in the nation.
More than 32,000 student musicians took part in WSMA State Music Festivals. Several universities hosted festivals on Saturday, April 27, including UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater. On Saturday, May 4, festivals were held at Cardinal Stritch University, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, Viterbo, and UW-Stevens Point.
In order to participate in the State Music Festivals, students must first 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. Over 225 district festivals were held in Wisconsin during the past six months, involving more participants than any other student activity in the state.
Wisconsin School Music Association Rating Formula:
I EXCELLENT consistently outstanding
II VERY GOOD Very good performance with only minor shortcomings
III GOOD demonstrating accomplishment but lacking in several essential qualities
IV FAIR numerous weaknesses and/or errors
V POOR lacking in fundamental aspects of performance
Glenwood City results:
Dillon Hierlmeier – Tenor Solo
Maggie Wallin – Soprano Solo
Anna Brigham/Maggie Wallin/Olivia Scalze/Hanna Strehlo – SSAA Quartet
Anna Brigham/Maggie Wallin/Olivia Scalze/Hanna Strehlo/Tressa Peskar/Leah Magsam – Women’s Ensemble
Hanna Strehlo/Maggie Wallin/Olivia Scalze/Tressa Peskar/Anna Brigham/Delaney Quinn/Michaela Nyhus/Ashley Peterson/Morgan Lee/Erin Davis/Gabby Gluege/Rebecca Peterson/ – Senior Women’s Ensemble
Dillon Hierlmeier/Hadin DeSmith/Nolan Stodola/Gavin Samp/Tanner Davis/Connor Olson/Cas Grant/Danny Loring/Tom Rosenow/Alex Brigham/Ethan Berends/Andrew Berends – Jr./Sr. Men’s Ensemble
Tressa Peskar – Flute Solo
Maggie Wallin – Musical Theatre Solo
Kaitlin Lee – Flute Solo
Emma Lamb – French Horn Solo
Kassidi Thompson/Nyah Anderson/Kaitlin Lee/Leah Magsam/Bethany Ullom/Brandi Standaert/Harli Dikeman/Alexa Holden/Makiah Schutz/Shelby Rundquist/Emily Bethell/Zoe Christmas/Kelcie Fox/Azra Ibrahimagic – Junior Women’s Ensemble
Anna Brigham & Maggie Wallin – Soprano/Alto Duet
Mali Draxler & Lyra Ketola – Clarinet Duet
Isabel Draxler & Delanie Fayerweather – Saxophone/Trombone Duet
Tressa Peskar, Anna Brigham, Gabby Gluege, Kaitlin Lee, Alexa Holden, Ally Fouks, Brenna Schwartz, Haley Klasse – Flute Choir
Olivia Janson, Michaela Nyhus, Becca Peterson, Erin Davis, Annika Bauman, Makayla Sina, Emily Rutske, Lyra Ketola, Mali Draxler, Mackenzie Anderson, Matiya Klinger, Payten Knops, Delaney Quinn, Tabby Nadeau, Isabel Christmas – Clarinet Choir
Hanna Strehlo, Morgan Lee, Leah Magsam, Logan Bazille, Jacob Forrest, Aiden Howard, Wyatt Johnson, Bella Simmons, Kendall Schutz, Isabel Draxler, Jabin Hojem, Justin Moe, Dillon Hierlmeier, Will Eggert – Saxophone Choir
Tressa Peskar, Anna Brigham, Gabby Gluege, Kaitlin Lee, Alexa Holden, Maggie Wallin, Maddie Oehlke, Olivia Janson, Michaela Nyhus, Becca Peterson, Erin Davis, Annika Bauman, Makayla Sina, Delaney Quinn, Tabby Nadeau, Isabel Christmas, Hanna Strehlo, Morgan Lee, Leah Magsam, Logan Bazille, Jacob Forrest, Isabel Draxler, Jabin Hojem, Justin Moe, Dillon Hierlmeier, Will Eggert – Woodwind Choir
WSMA has a strong history of offering programs and services (i.e., state solo and ensemble festivals, state honors music projects, state marching band championships, student composition project, etc.) that help youth achieve excellence through music. The organization is headquartered in the new Wisconsin Center for Music Education – first of its kind in the nation, located in Waunakee.
To learn more about WSMA and State Music Festivals, visit www.wsmamusic.org. WSMA State Music Festival information will be posted as available on the festival web pages. Schedules and results will be searchable by school, student and event number.
Wisconsin School Music Association is a service organization with more than 950 member public and private schools. Last year, over 219,000 students took the initiative to become involved in WSMA activities, including District and State Music Festivals, State Honors Projects, State Marching Band Championships and Concert Festivals. WSMA is headquartered in, owns and operates the Wisconsin Center for Music Education – first of its kind in the nation.
The organization is governed by a board of directors made up of superintendents, principals and other officers from all over the state. WSMA believes music is a basic human need and that all children have the right to experience all that music offers.