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WSMA High School State Honors 2021 Kicks Off!
Students Engage in Hybrid Summer Camp
NOTE TO MEDIA: To identify students selected for the WSMA High School 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.
WAUNAKEE, Wis. (June 14, 2021) – Some of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians are about to meet up for what could be the most rewarding musical experience of their lifetime – Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) 2021 High School State Honors Music Project, which kicks off with a summer camp in June.
The WSMA High School State Honors Music Project is designed to provide musically accomplished students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform with some of the nation’s finest conductors in a professional and highly disciplined setting. Students are challenged to perform at their musical best throughout the rehearsal period, beginning with the summer camp and culminating with an inspired performance that celebrates the reach of music education statewide.
“When students are challenged beyond what is possible in a classroom, the results are often inspiring and even magical. Honors students learn that hard work, commitment, responsibility and working together for the good of the ensemble are the keys to success in music and in life,” said Victoria Donahue, WSMA program director.
The summer camp for High School State Honors will consist of three days of virtual rehearsal and one day of in-person rehearsal at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. The day of in-person instruction will allow students to rehearse as an ensemble with their conductor while following COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Camp dates are as follows: June 19-22, Band, Mixed Choir and Jazz Ensemble; June 23-26, Orchestra and Treble Choir. All Honors students reconvene in Madison in late October to perform in conjunction with the annual Wisconsin State Music Conference. The Honors concerts celebrate the remarkable achievements of our musical youth and are open to the public.
WSMA remains committed to providing a prestigious experience for Honors students who worked hard to earn their spot in the 2021 High School State Honors Music Project. During camp, students will engage in holistic lessons that incorporate several musical aspects of the programmed repertoire (e.g., history, theory, style, composition, text and culture). They will also virtually connect with featured composers so they can learn the story of the music right from the person who wrote it.
“WSMA is proud to connect youth with a combined virtual/in-person Honors experience so they can continue their musical learning and growth, while still having the opportunity to interact and collaborate with each other,” said Donahue.
Auditions were held virtually through video submissions this past February. Of the more than 1,100 auditions, 426 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 were invited to be part of the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles.
The 2021 WSMA High School State Honors Project conductors (links to full bios) are:
|Band||Carolyn Barber, Director of Bands, University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Orchestra||Mark Dupere, Assistant Professor of Music, Lawrence University|
|Jazz Ensemble||Jamey Simmons, Director of Jazz Studies, Middle Tennessee State University|
|Mixed Choir||Frank Watkins, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies, UW–Eau Claire|
|Treble Choir||Joni Jenson, Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Voice, Texas Woman’s University|
For more information about WSMA or its programs, go to wsmamusic.org.
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Founded in 1932, Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a non-profit service organization with more than 1,000 member public and private schools. Students from member schools are eligible to participate in WSMA programs, such as District and State Music Festivals, Concert Festivals, State Honors Music Project, State Marching Band Championships, Student Composition Project and WSMA Aca U. WSMA 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.