Door County children in grades six through 12 had a chance to perform their musical talents at Southern Door School on Saturday at a District Solo and Ensemble Festival event. Students from Southern Door, Sevastopol and Sturgeon Bay showed up to perform solos or in small ensembles in front of Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) adjudicators.
Students compete in three classes based on experience. Class C is for entry-level, Class B for students in their second, third or fourth year of study, and Class A for advanced. Those in Class A have an opportunity to score a one-star rating from their adjudicator at the district event which advances them on to the State Solo & Ensemble Festival.
Dawn Pitzen, head of the Southern Door music department and the District Festival Manager, says this is the first time many students perform without their director in front of a crowd. It can be a very challenging thing for students to do but Pitzen says this experience can really help a student in their music career and in life in general.
The State Solo & Ensemble Festival will be at UW-Green Bay on May 3rd and 4th.
(The picture posted with this story is an adjudicator critiquing the TJ Walker Middle School choir.)