FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WSMA High School State Honors 2022 Kicks Off!
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 6, 2022) – Some of Wisconsin’s finest young musicians are about to meet up for what could be the most rewarding musical experience of their lifetime – the 2022 Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) 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,” said Tim Wurgler, WSMA interim program director.
More than 1,200 students in grades 9, 10 and 11 auditioned for 429 positions in the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project ensembles. The auditions were held in seven sites across the state this past February.
The students selected to participate in the WSMA High School State Honors Music Project will meet for the first time during the summer camp at UW-Green Bay as follows: June 18-21, Band, Mixed Choir and Jazz Ensemble; June 22-25, 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.
|Band||Scott Teeple, Professor of Music/Director of Bands, UW-Madison|
|Orchestra||Barbara Rhyneer, Professor of Music , Northern Michigan University|
|Jazz Ensemble||Barb Catlin, Director of Jazz, Pomona College and the California Institute of Technology|
|Mixed Choir||Lee Nelson, Director of Choral Activities , Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa|
|Treble Choir||Rhonda Vieth Fuelberth, Associate Professor of Music Education/Coordinator of Graduate Music Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
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.