Student musicians head to Stritch for state festival

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:00:00 PM

Stritch will host the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) State Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. -4 p.m. The daylong event will be free and open to the public.

Dennis King, music department chair and festival manager for Stritch, believes the event provides a fantastic opportunity for student participants, as well as the University.

"The WSMA State Music Festival is an enriching experience for all participants, both performers and their supporters,” said King. “It is also an opportunity for our music program to showcase our facilities and emphasize how much we value and support the efforts of our school music colleagues, their students, and their families.”

Thousands of talented and dedicated middle and high school student musicians have made it to this final stage of the festival.

To qualify for the state festival, student musicians must first earn a “starred first” rating in the most difficult category; Class A, at the WSMA District Music Festival. The participants, in grades 6 -12, can choose from a variety of instrumental and vocal solo and ensemble categories. Over the past six months, WSMA has held over 225 district events, involving more participants than any other student activity.

"Wisconsin music students continue to excel in their level of achievement and dedication to excellence,” according to WSMA Executive Director Tim Schaid. “The WSMA State Music Festival provides a quality opportunity for them to share the talents and skills developed in the classroom while creating a lifelong memory through their state festival performance."

Learn more about WSMA State Music Festivals and other programs by visiting