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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Music department will host the annual Wisconsin Alliance for Composers (WAC) New Music Festival this weekend on campus.

The event takes place Feb. 25 in the Music Hall, with concerts at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The 3 p.m. concert features winning compositions and honorable mentions from the statewide WAC Student Composition Contest. Student works in four categories—elementary, middle school, high school and undergraduate—will be performed by UWO music department students and faculty. The concert will be live streamed at

The event provides an excellent opportunity for student composers to hear their original music performed by accomplished musicians and to share their creativity with the public. For many students, this will be the first time they hear their music performed live in concert.The 4:30 p.m. concert will feature new music from WAC members from throughout the state, including works by UWO music faculty and festival co-hosts John Mayrose and Ed Martin. The eclectic program will include an exciting variety of works for synthesizer, guitar, piano, saxophone, voice, flute and video. Performers include faculty members Kirstin Ihde, Nathan Krueger, Drew Whiting and others.