Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) recognizes the concern our member schools face with COVID-19 (formerly novel coronavirus). WSMA is following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are currently working through decisions about programs that affect our membership and office. All updates and recommendations will be posted to this webpage as they become available.
Information current as of: Wednesday, March 25 at 4:00pm
WSMA 2020 VIRTUAL SOLO FESTIVAL – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
We are excited to announce that registration is now open, and students can begin submitting their video performances for WSMA Virtual Solo Festival!
VIRTUAL SOLO FESTIVAL UPDATE
We are proud to announce our 2020 WSMA Virtual Solo Festival!
This opportunity will provide a platform for students who prepared a solo at cancelled district and/or state festivals to perform for adjudicator feedback, and if desired, a rating. Note: There will be an appeal form for small ensemble consideration on a case-by-case basis.
WSMA Member School music educators will receive detailed information this afternoon about the festival through their primary email address, and there will be information provided that can be easily forwarded to students and families.
Registration will open on Wednesday, March 25, and in the meantime, we encourage music educators and students to begin preparing for their festival entries.
After registration opens, we will share opportunities for students to engage with each other and celebrate their learning through social media! We also encourage everyone to consider use of our WSMA Festival profile picture frames during this time.
Our gratitude to the WSMA Staff, 250+ WSMA Adjudicators, and countless Wisconsin music educators who will make this all possible. A special thanks to CS Music Auditions for partnering with WSMA to ensure a platform was provided supporting both students and adjudicators in the protected exchange of files and videos.
For more information, please visit: https://wsmamusic.org/virtualfestival/
WSMA MIDDLE LEVEL STATE HONORS AUDITIONS
On the afternoon of Friday, March 20, registered member school music educators and students/parents will be receiving an email letter from Erica Ruppert, WSMA Program Director, that announces 2020 WSMA Middle Level State Honors Online Auditions.
Note that each student/parent letter is personalized so please be patient as it may take several hours to release the individual communications.
The audition window will run from May 1 – June 5, 2020, and details are now posted at: https://wsmamusic.org/ml-honors/auditions/
- Employees will begin working remotely on Tuesday, March 17, and the Wisconsin Center for Music Education will be physically closed until at least April 15. Employees will be available during the same work hours and will keep functions of the associations and foundation fully operational.
- Email messages are encouraged as a primary method to reach employees.
- Watch for updates on the WSMA COVID-19 webpage below, and via email and social media.
WSMA VIRTUAL SOLO FESTIVAL
- Details will be coming in the days ahead for the WSMA Virtual Solo Festival for students who had a cancelled district festival and/or qualified for a WSMA State Festival. Stay tuned for an announcement via email, social media and the WSMA website!
QUESTIONS ABOUT WSMA PAYMENTS AND SUBSIDY CHECKS
WSMA is needing to secure the subsidy and payment status of all festival registrations at the time of festival cancellation, and WSMA will release information about payment/subsidy check options at a later date. Thank you for your understanding that we will need to address this need systemically.
BREAKING NEWS: WSMA & WMEA DIGITAL LEARNING PLATFORM
Governor Evers has announced Wisconsin schools will close from March 18 until at least April 6. Many educators in grades PreK-12 and nearly all at the collegiate level will be moving to online learning environments. We realize many music educators are feeling overwhelmed by the need to create plans for at least 2-3 weeks of learning. We will not be surprised if the timeline needs to be extended.
Today, in a joint collaboration, WSMA & WMEA are launching a new distance learning platform, and the first project announced will be the WMEA Online Teaching Project. More opportunities will be announced in the coming days.
This project provides an opportunity to support one another through the generation of shareable plans and resources for use in the PreK-12 classrooms in Wisconsin.
All members of WMEA and WSMA member schools will receive information at your primary email address.
Wisconsin Center for Music Education (WSMA-WMEA-WFSM)
Business Operations Update
WSMA Middle Level Honors Auditions – UPDATE
With the growing concerns about COVID-19 and public safety, WSMA has made the difficult decision to cancel all live Middle Level State Honors Auditions. Each student will be able to submit a video audition with the help of a parent, school music teacher, or private instructor. Audition requirements and elements will not change.
Detailed instructions will be sent to all participants (via parent email) by Friday, March 20, 2020. The deadline to submit videos is planned for Friday, May 22, 2020.
WSMA Student Composition Project – UPDATE
With the growing concerns about COVID-19 and public safety, WSMA has made the difficult decision to cancel the Student Composition event on April 4 at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education. We are currently exploring an alternative online option for the interactive learning session with the guest speaker and the celebration of award recipients. Details will be sent to participants as soon as they become available.
Why were WSMA State Festivals cancelled already?
Alternate District & State Festival Options
All WSMA Programs after March 15
With the growing concerns about COVID-19 and public safety, WSMA has made the difficult decision to cancel the following events:
- All remaining WSMA District Solo & Ensemble Festivals scheduled on or after Monday, March 16
- All WSMA State Solo & Ensemble Festivals (due to unavailability of many UW System sites)
- Student Composition Project event (April 4)
- All WSMA Concert Festivals through April 18
More information will be released on Monday, March 16 regarding Middle Level State Honors auditions.
We are allowing festival managers to make status decisions about festivals being held March 12-14; the status of these festivals will be posted on our website when known.
NOTE: All remaining WMEA Capitol Concerts are also cancelled.