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WSMA High School State Honors Auditions

Auditions for the 2012 WSMA High School State Honors Music Project will take place on February 4 in Eau Claire, Waukesha and Appleton. On February 11 auditions will take place in Middleton, La Crosse, Stevens Point and Milwaukee.

Audition requirements, conductor biographies, audition tips and the High School Honors Timeline can be found at www.wsmamusic. org/programs/hs_honors/index.html. All infor- mation is printable from the web site.

WSMA thanks music teachers for informing their students about the High School State Honors Music Project and the opportunities provided through this prestigious project.

Students will be notified in writing of their audition results no later than April 1, 2012. Teachers will be able to see a list of students who have been accepted by going to the WSMA web site. Student contribution for the High School State Honors Project tuition is $430.00. This tuition includes room and board for the summer camp, music and an Honors Project t-shirt as well as hotel accom- modations, some meals, professional record- ing of the concert and transportation while in Madison for the formal concert in October. The tuition also includes the opportunity to work with Wisconsin’s finest teachers as section coaches and nationally recognized conductors.

Teachers, students and parents are encouraged to visit the WSMA web site to view informa- tion regarding all aspects of the High School State Honors Music Project. Information is updated as needed throughout the audition, camp and concert cycle. Please visit often to explore all aspects of the Project.

Please Note: The audition schedule, audition site information and driving directions will be available in a searchable database and posted on the WSMA web site no later than January 20 at honors/index.html.

Wisconsin School Musician x Middle Level State Honors Music Project

Nationally recognized conductors Jeffrey Redding, Patrick Reynolds and Mark Heidel will lead the 2012 WSMA Middle Level State Honors ensembles. Chair person Doug Arendt Grafton of John Long Middle School will lead the committee. Joining him will be Les Sandberg of Reedsburg as chair-elect. Marcie Russell of Platteville and Chris Gleason of Sun Prairie return as 2012 choir and band coordi- nators. Tim McCollum of Marshfield takes over as orchestra coordinator replacing the expired term of Bob Ignaszac, Oconomowoc. Gregg Butler continues to serve as WSMA board representative and “the voice” at WSMA Middle Level State Honors concerts. In addition to the above committee members, a highly qualified staff of section coaches assists in making the two-day event an educational yet memorable experience.

In preparation for the October 2012 event, online audition registration opened in December and closes February 8. April auditions will be held at the six sites including La Crosse, Wausau, Eau Claire, Appleton, Sun Prairie and Dousman. Audition details, requirements and supportive materials may be found at www. Teachers are encouraged to download the registration worksheet to assist in sharing and gathering information. The worksheet includes several “frequently asked questions” to assist teachers in encouraging prospective students and explaining the honors project to parents.

For further information, contact Jeff Gretzinger at x State Festivals

St. Norbert College (SNC) will again host the WSMA State Jazz Festival for 2012. Dr. Eric High of the SNC music faculty will serve as festival manager.

Additional State Festival sites include:

Saturday, April 28 UW-Milwaukee UW-Oshkosh UW-Platteville UW-Whitewater

Saturday, May 5 Cardinal-Stritch University UW-Eau Claire UW-Green Bay UW-La Crosse UW-Parkside UW-Stevens Point


Festival Manager Workshops

Music teachers serving as WSMA festi- val managers attended festival manager workshops held in three locations this No- vember. Festival management committee members Jim Welander and Ryan Petersen assisted in the presentations held at the CESA 10 office in Chippewa Falls, CESA 7 office in Green Bay and Village Center in Waunakee. WAME committee members Leyla Sanyer of Oregon School District and Julie Brown of James Madison Middle School in Appleton shared music advocacy methods, which may be utilized to promote music education through the festival expe- rience. Kevin Thays shared public relations plans initiated by the WSMA office, as well as resources available through the new MyCenter web portal for WSMA members. WCME Operations Manager Richard Fel- lenz also assisted at the Waunakee offering. For further information, contact Jeff Gretz- inger at


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