WSMA is currently unable to support and endorse in-person festivals for the fall semester. After consulting with Wisconsin Department of Health Services about possible festival guidelines and recommendations, it was determined that there are too many risks imposed by encouraging in-person activities at this time. WSMA will reevaluate COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations again in December to determine if in-person Spring Festivals are a possibility.
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:
Please read the WSMA Accreditation guidelines.
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.