On Saturday, April 21, 43 high schools and 15 middle schools brought performers to the campus of UW-Milwaukee for the annual Wisconsin School Music Associations State Solo & Ensemble Festival.
Shorewood High School had 12 choir students compete at the festival and of the 11 events that the students participated in, ten of the events received a top rating of "1."
"These outstanding results put Shorewood singers in the top two of the high school results for the day," says SHS choir director Jason Clark. "What a huge testament to the hard work and dedication of the students and the support of their families and, in many cases, private teachers who helped to make this event so successful! I am so proud of these students!"
The students who contributed to these tremendous results are listed below:
Shorewood High School
Students/Events Earning a "1"
Marie Arndorfer ~ Soprano Solo, Madrigal Ensemble
Audrey Blackmore ~ Alto Solo, Madrigal Ensemble
Arthur Christiansen ~ Tenor Solo, TTBB Quartet, Madrigal Ensemble
Gracely Domino Brown ~ Alto Solo
Eric Hanna ~ Baritone Solo, TTBB Quartet, Madrigal Ensemble
Sasha Malinkine ~ TTBB Quartet, Madrigal Ensemble
Masha Malinkine ~ SSA Trio, Madrigal Ensemble
Vivian Rich ~ SSA Trio, Madrigal Ensemble
Rose Schnorr ~ Madrigal Ensemble
Andrew Sibila ~ TTBB Quartet, Madrigal Ensemble
Tyndall Talley ~ Soprano Solo, SSA Trio, Madrigal Ensemble
Frances Wagner ~ Soprano Solo
Congratulations to all of these students!
About Solo & Ensemble Festivals
The festival program for which WSMA is most well-known, Solo & Ensemble, draws in more than 100,000 students each year, representing every county in the state of Wisconsin! I still have my Solo & Ensemble medals” is a statement regularly heard by WSMA staff from generations of festival participants who take pride in this long-time tradition, which creates memories and skills for life. Through the Solo & Ensemble experience, students learn the discipline of rehearsal, are challenged to advance their musical skills, perform in front of an audience and adjudicator, and receive feedback on their performance. Those that perform at the highest level (Class A) at a WSMA District Festival have the opportunity to receive a 1* (one-star) rating which advances them on to State Solo & Ensemble Festival.
For students in grades: 6-12
Timeline: November, January-April
Timeline: Last Saturday of April and first Saturday of May
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.