Brookfield Christian School students have an opportunity to take part in a music festival, with other students from around the state. At this festival, students are judged in vocal solos and ensembles, and instrumental solos and ensembles. The festival concludes with a concert highlighting top-rated performances of the day, and a massed band and choir. It’s a beautiful thing to experience.
What is Music Festival?
Brookfield Christian School hosts this major event each Spring, and other Wisconsin Christian Schools (Racine, Oostburg, Delavan, Waupun, Sheboygan, and Randolph) join with us for the yearly event. The day consists of three parts: solo/ensemble; band/choir; and the evening program. There are more than 500 entries in total – what a great day of music!
The solo/ensemble part of the day begins around 8:30AM. Students sing and play their instruments either solo or in small group settings for a judge. The judge gives comments and a rating of *I (very exceptional), I, II, III. This is a great opportunity for students to hear suggestions from “experts” in the field on how to improve their skills. All BCS students are required to be a part of this during their middle school experience.
Students are not required to do an individual or ensemble event, but must perform as part of the BCS choir. Our BCS band and choir perform in the early afternoon. Like the solo/ensemble section, we are also judged and given suggestions to sound our very best. The day progresses after band and choir to large group rehearsals. Large group rehearsals and the evening program will be held at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. This gives the students a chance to participate in large size groups that their own school can’t provide. Imagine singing with hundreds of other voices!! Or, playing in a band with 120 other students! The sounds are glorious.
There is a short break between the last rehearsal and the evening program. Families are encouraged to attend the evening concert. The program begins at 6:30pm (at Milwaukee Lutheran High School) and lasts about one hour, including performances by the massed band and choir, and some of the highest-rated individual and ensemble performances from the day. Students return home with their parents after the concert and after a day filled with wonderful music.
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