Students are given the opportunity to perform in
any of three
kinds of settings depending upon their age and experience -
Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs Auditions
Wisconsin School Music Association Solo-Ensemble Festivals
- Recital -
This is open to all students.
Two recitals are given each year, one in winter and one in late spring.
Typically, a students will perform two solo pieces selected by him or
her with guidance from the teacher. Sometimes siblings will also
perform duets with one another, and some students have performed duets
with another family member (parent, grandparent, etc.).
The artwork for the cover of the recital program is also produced
by the students.
You can view a gallery of prior recital program
- Federation -
This is open to students who have had at least six months of lessons.
The Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs
sponsors a music festival each February.
At the festival, participants can enter as soloists, or in duets,
or in a variety of other ensembles.
Participating students prepare two memorized pieces to play for a judge.
plays one required piece (from a published list of music) plus one piece
of the student's own choosing.
The student is rated on a scale of 1-5 points (with
5 being the highest rating) and receives a certificate in addition to the
judge's written critique. When a student has participated for at least
three years, he or she may earn a gold cup. Thereafter, each time a
multiple of 15 points is reached, another gold cup is earned. While the
gold cups and the certificates are nice rewards, probably the best part
of participating in Federation is actually preparing the two pieces in
great depth and then performing them. It can be a great experience for
In addition, students may choose to demonstrate their knowledge of
music theory through graduated theory tests. These are also scored on the
same 1-5 scale as performances.
- WSMA -
This is open to students in grades 6-12.
The Wisconsin School Music Association hosts festivals each February
through April in local middle schools and high schools. Students
may prepare a piano solo or duet for their festival in one of three
classes: A, B, C (with Class A being the most advanced).
Memorization is optional and the pieces are performed for a judge.
Students earn Division I, II or III medals (gold, silver, bronze), and
some Class A performances advance to the State Festivals (which are held
in late April and early May) where State Level Division I, II, and III
medals are awarded.
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