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Students participate in Music Festival

Hundreds of music students from numerous area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association sanctioned Solo and Ensemble Music Festival hosted by Meyer Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 15. During the festival, which is free and open to the public, students will perform vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios and small ensembles before an adjudicator.

WSMA music festivals annually attract thousands of students from middle, junior high and high schools throughout Wisconsin. The festival held at Meyer Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 15, will draw students from a number of area schools, including Ellsworth Middle School, New Richmond Middle School, Prescott Middle School and Viking Middle School.

"These festivals are focused on providing a positive learning experience for students with lifelong educational benefits," said Robert Kase, WSMA executive director.

The primary purposes of WSMA musical festivals are to:

• Establish standards of quality for music literature.

• Motivate students to prepare and perform to the best of their abilities.

• Improve students' understanding of music literature and music concepts (performance with understanding)

• Support improvement of school music programs through individual and group achievement.

• Encourage exploration of diverse musical styles and ensemble combinations.

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