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To identify students selected as exemplary soloists in your circulation area, please refer to the award recipient list (PDF). Schools and cities are listed in zip code order for easy reference.
WAUNAKEE, Wis. (May 16, 2016) – Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) proudly announces the 600+ middle school and high school musicians identified by adjudicators as “exemplary soloists” in their State Solo & Ensemble performance at one of 10 university locations on either April 30, May 6 or May 7.
From the 8,036 vocal and instrumental solos scheduled at the 2016 WSMA State Solo & Ensemble festivals, 610 students were selected as exemplary soloists in the Exemplary Solo Recognition Project. State festival adjudicators identified the most exceptional soloists at each of the state festival campuses through a two-step process:
Step 1. Nomination
Throughout the day, adjudicators have an opportunity to nominate soloists whose performance was truly exceptional – beyond what is typically expected for the age group. Students are alerted to their nomination by receiving a rating of “1-N” (Rating = 1, Nominated).
Step 2. Final Selection
At the end of the day, each adjudicator selects the most exceptional soloist(s) to receive the Exemplary Soloist Award from among those nominated.
Students selected for the award receive a certificate from WSMA in recognition of their outstanding performance at the state festival.
For more information on WSMA State Festivals and the Exemplary Solo Recognition Project, including all who were nominated and selected, go to www.wsmamusic.org.
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WSMA is a service organization with more than 1,000 member public and private schools. Each year, more than 100,000 students take the initiative to become involved in WSMA activities, including District and State Music Festivals, Concert Festivals, State Honors Music Project and State Marching Band Championships. 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.