Area high school students to perform on campus

September 30, 2014
UW-Platteville campus

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.—On Tuesday, Oct. 7, about 200 students from tri-state area high school choral programs will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in order to participate in the annual High School Choral Festival.

The purpose of the event is to provide area high school singers with a choral music experience using literature written for men and women as opposed to mixed choirs. Emphasis is placed on fostering camaraderie as well as a lifelong love of the choral arts. 

Visiting students will engage in a day of song with the UW-Platteville men’s and women’s choirs, the Singing Pioneers and Coro D’Angeli, during the day. Concurrent with rehearsals and breakout activities for students, sponsoring teachers will also benefit from continuing education interest sessions and workshops. 

The event will culminate in a concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts. All five UW-Platteville choirs will perform and then the two festival choirs will sing. Tickets, which are $7 for adults and $5 for students and children can be purchased at the door.

Dr. Robert Demaree, music professor and director of choral activities at UW-Platteville, and Dr. Brian Burns, music professor and associate director of choral activities at UW-Platteville, will conduct all performances.

“The students will have an opportunity to sing with the aggregate, which will be a huge boost for them,” said Demaree. “I am really looking forward to the energy of all the singers who are here that day.”

Participating high schools include Wisconsin Heights, Lancaster, Darlington, Blackhawk, Westfield, Platteville, Monroe, New Glarus, Riverdale, Boscobel, River Ridge, Lincoln (Alma Center), Shullsburg, Dyersville Beckmann and Western Dubuque.

Contact: Dr. Robert Demaree, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1446 or

Contact: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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