Statewide student music competition cancels some events

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An organization that planned to sponsor student music festivals across Indiana over the next few weeks involving more than 35,000 participants has decided to cancel them.

The Indiana State School Music Association said Thursday that it made the decision in hopes of protecting the young musicians from the spread of COVID-19. Students from more than 300 schools were set to perform at more than 30 school facilities.

The canceled competitions involve junior, middle and elementary school concert groups and the ISSMA State Show Choir and Jazz Finals. The events were set to take place through April 11.

The ISSMA has not yet decided what will happen with some high school events scheduled to take place after April 11, Executive Director Michael Bridgewater told IBJ.

A process is being developed to allow participants whose events have been canceled to submit recordings for evaluation, Bridgewater said.

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