When you go to a high school sporting event, you’ll see an error in the field, a missed basket, blown tackle.  Teams can overcome that because it’s part of the game?

Ever hear a wrong note played during a solo?  Now that’s pressure!

The best and brightest musicians will converge on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia for the 64th Annual Missouri State High School Activities Association State Music Festival, set for April 30-May 2.  The event will include approximately 5,150 individual and group performances representing 398 schools.  Most of the festival’s performances will take place in the Fine Arts Building and Memorial Union.  Other sites on and off campus will also be used.

The evaluative festival will involve schools in five enrollment classifications in which high schools with enrollments (grades 9-12) up to 127 participate in Class 1, 128-269 participate in Class 2, 270-603 perform in Class 3, 604-1,237 students participate in Class 4, and 1,238 and above take part in Class 5.

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The state-level festival has an evaluative purpose during which students perform before some of the nation’s top music adjudicators who provide ratings and critiques of the students’ musical abilities.  Festival participants qualified by earning a division “1” (Exemplary) rating at their respective district-level festival.

All portions of the MSHSAA Music Festival are open to the public and free of charge.  Performances run from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Jason West, Director of Communications, talks about the music festival and recaps this weekend’s Speech, Debate and Theatre competition.  Plus watch how Jason reacts to the punchlines of these musical jokes:

Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians?
Q: What is the difference between a clarinet and an onion?
Q: How do you tell when your lead singer is at the door?