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GC music students perform at state solo & ensemble

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 30, including UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, Viterbo University, and UW-Whitewater. On Saturday, May 7, festivals were held at Cardinal Stritch University, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside, 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

The Glenwood City Brass choir ready to perform at the State Solo/Ensemble competition on May 7 at UW-Eau Claire. They received a I rating. Photo submitted

Glenwood City results:

I Ratings

*Lindsey Bazille – Vocal Solo

*Isabella Simmons – Vocal Solo

*Isabella Simmons/Lindsey Bazille – Soprano/Alto Duet

*Lyra Ketola/Sydney Grant/Haylie Hannah – SSA Trio

*Lyra Ketola/Sydney Grant/Haylie Hannah/Kyra Dahl – SSAA Quartet

*Sophomore Girls Ensemble – Allaina Johnson, Madison Caress, Kenzie Price, Avery Rubenzer, Libby Wagner, Callie Augeson, Sakari Beaman, Michaela Blaser, Sydney Grant, Haylie Hannah, Lyra Ketola, Maddie Klatt, Savannah Millermon, Nikki Multhauf, Lisa Yang

*Junior/Senior Boys Ensemble – Nick Hierlmeier, Brady Klatt, Drew Olson, Brendan Booth, Brady McCarthy, Owen Swenby, Max Janson, Jayden Quinn, Owen Bauman, Elek Anderson, Justin Moe, Cody Hansen, Blake Wakeling, Mitchell Heutmaker, Noah Brite, Collin LaValley, Aaron Brigham

*Vocal Jazz – Elek Anderson, Lyra Ketola, Jayden Quinn, Sydney Grant, Nick Hierlmeier, Haylie Hannah, Justin Moe, Kenzie Price, Brady McCarthy, Morgan Johnson, Drew Olson, Lindsey Bazille, Noah Brite, Bella Simmons, Brendan Booth, Steven Booth, Aubree Logghe, Owen Swenby, Kyra Dahl, Owen Bauman, Payten Knops, Max Janson, Allaina Johnson, Brady Klatt, Lisa Yang

*Lyra Ketola – Clarinet Solo

*Mali Draxler/Lyra Ketola – Clarinet Duet

*Nick Hierlmeier/Charlie Lamb – Trombone Duet

*Mali Draxler/Lyra Ketola/Elsja Meijer/Kiley Leduc – Clarinet Quartet

*Brass Choir – Brendan Booth, Henry Draxler, Lindsey Bazille, Samantha Peterson, Steven Booth, Wyatt Thompson, Cody Hansen, Dakota Schone, Rheanna Bischel, Rileigh Schwartz, Blake Fayerweather, Jackson Logghe, Tyler Harrington, Emma Lamb, Kloe Dahl, Kyra Dahl, Isabel Davis, Nick Hierlmeier, Noah Brite, Blake Wakeling, Charlie Lamb, Cole Wakeling, Sam Casselius, Will Standaert, Owen Swenby, Mitchell McGee, Clayton Hoffman

*Trombone Choir – Nick Hierlmeier, Noah Brite, Blake Wakeling, Charlie Lamb, Cole Wakeling, Sam Casselius, Will Standaert

*Woodwind Choir – Ally Fouks, Hayley Klasse, Haylie Hannah, Taylor Nutter, Hailey Ketola, Mali Draxler, Lyra Ketola, Elsja Meijer, Kiley Leduc, Payten Knops, Aleena Albrecht, Callie Augusen, Cecelia Slayton, Stephanie Anderson, Isabel Christmas, Michaela Blaser, Max Janson, Mitchell Heutmaker, Emily Monn, Aubree Logghe, Alex Petersen, Bella Simmons, Owen Bauman, Aaron Brigham

*Saxophone Choir – Max Janson, Mitchell Heutmaker, Emily Monn, Aubree Logghe, Alex Petersen, Bella Simmons, Owen Bauman, Aaron Brigham, Natalle McCarthy, Lisa Yang, Savanna Millermon, Evan Hojem, Morgan Blaser, Jenna McCarthy, Brooklyn Brite

II Ratings

*Clarinet Choir – Mali Draxler, Lyra Ketola, Elsja Meijer, Kiley Leduc, Payten Knops, Aleena Albrecht, Callie Augusen, Cecelia Slayton, Stephanie Anderson, Kayley Dickmann, Isabel Christmas, Michaela Blaser, Greta Draxler

*Percussion Ensemble – Elek Anderson, Ilan Anderson, Emily Tews, Zach Hill, Jaden Quinn, Sydney Grant, Brooklyn Caress, Sakari Beaman, Zeb Holden

*Owen Bauman – Alto Saxophone Solo

*Nick Hierlmeier – Trombone Solo

*Mali Draxler – Clarinet Solo

*Junior/Senior Girls Ensemble – Aubree Logghe, Emilie Monn, Aria DeSmith, Moriah McNamara, Devynn Olson, Ellery Unser, Brooklyn Caress, Alex Peterson, Emma Lamb, Payten Knops, Sam Peterson, Haley Klasse, Bella Simmons, Lindsey Bazille, Ally Fouks, Isabel Christmas, Morgan Johnson

*Sydney Grant/Haylie Hannah – Soprano/Alto Duet

*Brendan Booth – Vocal Solo

The Glenwood City Junior/Senior Boy’s Vocal Ensemble performing at StateSolo/Ensemble competion at UW-Eau Claire on May 7. They received a I rating for their performance. Photo submitted

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

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.

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