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 FestivalOnline registration December 08, 2012 - January 16, 2013
Festival: March 25-30 (Monday - Saturday) University of Washington School of Music
Performing Arts Festival of the EastsideRegistration: January 2 - March 4, 2013
Festival: April 2, 2013 - April 6, 2013 Saint Andrews Lutheran Church, Bellevue
WMEA High School Solo and Ensemble FestivalThis 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