Chilton • Chippewa Falls • Wausau • Waukesha
$45.00 Registration Fee per Student
Registration is CLOSED.
Payments should be sent to: WCDA 946 N Mill Road, Chilton, WI 53014
November 12, 2016
Questions? Go to the Sites and Chairs page to get contact info for your site's chair. You can also email Kelly Ribbens, Singing in Wisconsin Chair.
You must fill out the following permission/medical form: Permission Form
Students should wear black pants or skirts, black dress shoes and they will also wear the t-shirt that they are given at registration for the concert.
Registration runs 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The first Rehearsal begins at 9:00 a.m.
Concerts begin at with the doors opening at Tickets are available at the door for $5.00 each and it is general seating.
A Message from Kelly Ribbens, Singing in Wisconsin Chair:
Singing in Wisconsin is a perfect place for those students who just love to sing regardless of ability. This event, which takes place at four sites throughout Wisconsin on the same day, is for any choir student who loves to sing and wants to be a part of this day. For some students it is the one time a year where they can sing with a large group of students and truly feel the power of singing with many voices. For other students it is a day to connect with new friends and work together to create a significant musical moment.
Over the past thirteen years, I have attended Singing in Wisconsin with many of my students at the Appleton and Chilton sites. When the festival is over and we are back at school the next week I always survey my students to see what things they liked about Singing in Wisconsin. They say that they loved making new friends and connecting with other singers and they loved working with the selected conductors. They often say that it was a long and tiring day of rehearsing but that they would definitely do it again next year.
I hope that you will consider getting your students involved in this wonderful singing festival. There are four choir types to choose from and you can put your students in whichever choir fits them the best. Youth choir: Grades 5,6 and possibly 7 (at the director’s discretion), Young Women’s Choir: Girls in Grades 7,8 and possibly 9 (at the director’s discretion), Young Men’s Choir: Boys in Grades 7,8 and possibly 9 (again, at the director’s discretion), and Mixed Choir: Grades 10, 11 and 12 (Grade 9 at the director’s discretion). The $45.00 registration fee is reasonable and pays for lunch, music and a t-shirt that students wear at the afternoon concert. As a choir director it will mean arranging bussing to and from the event on Saturday, November 12 and also rehearsing with your students ahead of time so they know their music really well before the day of SIW. I have found that my investment of time has been well worth the effort and energy for the positive singing experience that my students have. My students that participate in Singing in Wisconsin often go on to be the music leaders in my choirs and they grow musically through having had this experience. I have also found that getting music ready for Singing in Wisconsin gives the beginning of the school year a nice focus and goal to work toward. I know of many music teachers who use the repertoire for Singing in Wisconsin as part of their fall/winter music for their first concert of the school year.
Best wishes to all of you with the beginning of this new school year. I hope that I will see many of you on November 12 at Singing in Wisconsin.