Monday, November 19, 2012

Puget Sound Student Music Festival Season is Upon Us!

Here in the Puget Sound we are extremely fortunate to have strong support for music education, there are many great student music festivals available in which to participate. Listed beyond the break is information on three of the area's largest music festivals, but I urge you to ask your teacher about other opportunities and perform in as many as possible.

Music festivals serve as important goals for students to work toward; they motivate students, focusing energy into action through the heightened purpose of daily practice, and provide the opportunity for students to assess their progress beside their peers. By participating in music festivals, student's gain motivation which is an essential element to forging their musical ability.

Follow the links under each listing for details on eligibility and registration requirements:


Seattle Young Artist Music Festival

Online registration December 08, 2012 - January 16, 2013
Festival: March 25-30 (Monday - Saturday) University of Washington School of Music

Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside

Registration: January 2 - March 4, 2013
Festival: April 2, 2013 - April 6, 2013 Saint Andrews Lutheran Church, Bellevue


WMEA High School Solo and Ensemble Festival

This festival is the largest in the state and is produced by the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA). It begins as 22 Regional events throughout the state, sending the top performers in each division to the State Finals in Ellensburg, WA. Details and registration forms are available through your school ensemble directors, generally beginning in January.

Music festivals motivate students to stretch beyond their boundries, I strongly urge students and parents to get involved in as many as possible.

Robert H. Wilson, Director of Bellevue School of Music

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