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WAWM Hosts District Solo & Ensemble Music Festival

On Saturday, February 26, 2022, students from area schools participated in a Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) sanctioned District Solo & Ensemble Music Festival hosted at West Allis Central High School. During the festival students performed vocal and instrumental solos, duets, trios and small ensembles before an adjudicator.  There were 10 performance sites and over 300 events performed during the day.

Students from Central, Nathan Hale, Dottke, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lane, and West Milwaukee as well as five neighboring districts were at the festival.  According to West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Orchestra Director and Music Coordinator, Mary Pat Michels, “It is an honor to host this event. We are always excited to welcome students from all over southeastern Wisconsin.  Everyone works hard to prepare and we’re proud of our results!  I am especially grateful to my music teachers who helped with planning, logistics, and were very flexible with new protocols and procedures this year.”
West Allis - West Milwaukee District Medal Totals
West Allis Central High School: 23 gold + 24 silver + 0 bronze = 47
West Allis Nathan Hale High School: 213 gold + 31 silver + 3 bronze = 247
Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School: 101 gold + 39 silver + 10 bronze = 150
West Milwaukee Intermediate School: 2 gold + 8 silver + 0 bronze = 10 
Lane Intermediate School: 78 gold + 25 silver + 2 bronze = 105
Dottke PBL High School: Medal count included with Hale
District Total: 1,011 gold + 124 silver + 14 bronze = 559 medals
Qualifying for the State Festival at Cardinal Stritch ~ May 7, 2022
West Allis Central High School: 7 events: 7 solos
West Allis Nathan Hale High School: 30 events: 6 ensembles, 1 duet, & 23 solos
Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School: 2 events: 2 solos
The list that follows are the students who qualified to perform their solos at the WSMA State Festival at Cardinal Stritch University on May 7. FLW: Ethan Pawak (viola), Bella Hamilton (violin); Hale: Brae Bigelow (viola), Brook Lynn Buchholz (voice), Brooke Crowley (voice), Sophia DeAngelis (piano), Gavriilia Fyrogeni (bass), Olivia Gross (voice), Clara Haass (voice), Samyiah Harper (voice), Jack Hutter (violin), Erin Krasovich (violin), Aria Kuenzli (violin) Alexandra Kunda (violin, viola, cello), Ella McGinley (bass), Ella McMillin (violin), Emily Pawlak (violin), Ava Roberts (piano), Hayden Stringer (viola), Nathan Stringer (euphonium),Liam Thoen (cello), Raymond Vaughn (violin), Valerie Yang (violin); Central: Moncerrat Cervantes (violin), Simon Pratt (violin), Cecelia Santiago (violin), Jessica Sheets (viola), Eleanor Szalacinski (violin), Aniya Whatley (voice), Paige Westdorp (voice). Additionally from Hale: both String Choirs, Pops Strings, two Vocal Ensembles, and a Brass Ensemble will also perform at State.
The Solo & Ensemble Festival Program for which WSMA is most well-known 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. Each year over 32,000 students (11,000+ events) qualify at district festivals to perform at State Solo & Ensemble festival making this event one of the largest of its kind in the nation. These students represent the student talent and high quality of music programs in Wisconsin’s schools.