Students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) sanctioned Concert Music Festival hosted at Mineral Point Middle School/High School on Friday, May 11.  

During the festival, which is free and open to the public, each school’s concert ensemble groups will perform before a panel of adjudicators while students from other schools listen in as part of their own learning experience.

The festival will draw concert bands and choirs from a number of area schools, including Cuba City Middle School, Darlington Elementary/Middle School, Darlington High School, Mineral Point High School, Mineral Point Middle School, and Southwestern High School.  Matthew Nevers, music director from Mineral Point High School, will be serving as the festival manager.

“WSMA enjoys a long tradition of providing quality music education experiences to over 100,000 students annually. Festivals provide students with an opportunity to enrich their musical abilities and understandings as they perform and receive feedback from qualified adjudicators, and as they observe and listen to the performances of their peers,” said WSMA Executive Director Timothy Schaid.

WSMA music festivals support school music programs as part of a comprehensive education by encouraging the study of quality music literature; motivating students to prepare and perform to the best of their abilities; improving students’ understanding of music literature and concepts (performance through understanding) and providing a performance assessment to improve individual and group achievement.

Performances will be held in the Mineral Point High School Gym and are scheduled as follows:

8:15 am – Mineral Point 7/8th Grade Band

8:45 am – Darlington High School Band

9:20 am – Southwestern High School Band

10:10 am – Darlington High School Treble Choir

10:35 am – Mineral Point Middle School 7/8th Grade Choir

11:00 am – Darlington High School Concert Choir

11:55 am – Mineral Point High School Concert Band

12:25 pm – Darlington 7/8th Grade Band

12:55 pm – Mineral Point High School Choir

1:35 pm – Cuba City Middle School Band

2:05 pm – Darlington 7/8th Grade Choir

2:30 pm – Cuba City Middle School Choir