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To identify students selected for the WSMA Middle Level State Honors Music Project in your circulation area, please refer to the student roster (pdf). Schools and cities are listed in zip code order for easy reference.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kevin Thays, Email
WAUNAKEE, Wis., (October 19, 2015) — Many of Wisconsin’s most accomplished junior high and middle school music students (band, choir and orchestra) will perform in Madison on Saturday, October 31, at the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) Middle Level State Honors Music Project concerts.
Throughout the state 314 students in grades six, seven and eight were selected from over 1,200 who auditioned in April 2015 to participate in the WSMA program. Auditions included individual student performances and an ensemble class, taught by an Honors adjudicator. Selection was based on several elements of music performance.
WSMA State Honors Music Project brings Wisconsin’s finest school musicians together to work with nationally known conductors in a professional setting. The 2015 WSMA Middle Level State Honors conductors are:
Band: Juan Tony Guzman, Decorah, Iowa
Orchestra: E. Daniel Long, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Choir: Maribeth Yoder-White, Banner Elk, North Carolina
“This program provides a unique, enrichment opportunity for hardworking music students to meet and interact with other inspiring musicians, coaches and conductors, while creating memories that last a lifetime,” said Shelley Hooper, WSMA program director.
The Saturday, October 31 concerts mark the 21st anniversary of the Middle Level State Honors Music Project. Students will perform for an audience of more than 1,200 at Waunakee High School Performing Arts Center. The concerts (1 p.m. – Band; 2:30 p.m. – Orchestra; 4 p.m. – Choir) celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians. Tickets for the concerts may be purchased at the door for $15 and each ticket provides admission to all three concerts.
Students in grades six through eight who attend a WSMA member school and participate in the school’s music program will be eligible to audition for the 2016 WSMA Middle Level State Honors Project. Auditions will be held in April at six locations throughout Wisconsin. For more information on Middle Level State Honors and other WSMA programs, visit www.wsmamusic.org.
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Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a service organization with more than 1,000 member public and private schools. Each year, more than 100,000 students participate in over 220,000 events for WSMA activities, including District and State Music Festivals, Concert Festivals, State Honors Music Project, State Marching Band Championships and Student Composition Project. WSMA, headquartered in the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, 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 them.