Did you know Concert Group Festivals are WSMA’s longest-running core program dating further back than our incorporation in 1932? WSMA’s first festivals were actually Concert Festivals. Eventually Solo & Ensemble festivals were added and over the years became the most well-known part of the festival tradition. With all that history, people still commonly ask, “What exactly is a Concert Festival?” Imagine Solo & Ensemble, only for full performance ensembles. 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
WSMA Concert Group Requirements:
Concert group participation is a valuable experience and an important part of a member school’s music program; therefore it is a requirement of WSMA member schools (Festival Rule III.A). This requirement benefits school music programs by reinforcing and supporting the work that music teachers are doing with students every day. It provides students a forum for discussion and self-reflection on their own performance as well as the performance of others. It also challenges students toward performance excellence and challenges ensembles to continue to program quality music. New this year – Concert groups can fulfill the concert group requirement through one of two types of festivals: Concert Group Festival or Concert Group Clinic Experience. Click here for more information.
WSMA Concert Festival Registration:
Concert festival registration is completed online by teachers from WSMA member schools. Concert Registration is in MyCenter under “Concert Festival.”
WSMA Festivals Goals:
- Improve students’ music performance.
- Increase students’ understanding of music literature and music concepts.
- Motivate students to continue their study of music.
- Establish standards of excellence in music performance.
- Provide opportunities for students to understand the relationship of music experiences to other life experiences.