Young musicians participate in festival

Young musicians participate in festival About 100 young musicians participated in the 35th annual Junior Music Festival, sponsored by the Vermillion Music Club in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs, on March 6, at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on The University of South Dakota campus.

Participants are young people from the Vermillion area, including some from Yankton and Elk Point-Jefferson, ages 5-18.

Teachers who had students participating in this year's festival were Judy Aiello, Shar Dambowy, Karen Lipp, Beth Mitchell, Lori Obr, Lisa Swanson, John Thomson, Karen Wearne and Janis Yarbrough.

Judging string performers this year was Gary Fridley, a teacher of string instruments in the Sioux City public schools and a violinist with the Sioux City Symphony. Pianists were judged by Jeanette Hinkeldey of Aurelia, IA, a graduate of USD's School of Music and Drake University, who is a piano teacher and performer.

Students perform two pieces of music from memory and receive a rating along with a written critique from the judge. The judges were very impressed with how well the students were prepared and with the quality of their performances.

In the piano solo event, these students received a Superior rating:

Amanda Aga, Sarah Anderson, Kehshav Arogyaswamy, Nick Britten, Daniel Davies, Elizabeth Day, Megan Deaver, Lisa Doohen, Allison Eckert, Krista Eckert, Chelsea Gauer, Crystal Gorden, Amanda Granaas, Maggie Green, Paul Hammond, Ryan Henderson, Ariel Hofman, Zach Holoch, Becca Johnson, Colette Joy, Stacey Joy, Jenny Larson, Molly Larson, Raychel Lorenz, Samantha Mannes, Sarah Merrigan, Deepti Naik, Molly O'Connor, Sarah Patnaude, Kate Pommersheim,Janani Ragothaman, Molly Rand, Erin Rasmussen, Michelle Rasmussen, Sarah Rasmussen, Anthony Rath, Kristi Rath, Kathleen Redlin, Anne Roche, Jon Rusch, Michelle Rydell, Kristen Schwasinger, Rajiv Somepalli, Annu Subramanian, Tristen Upward, Tyra Upward, Olivia Vandenhul, Sara Weaver, Jenna Williams and Molly Woodard.

Receiving an Excellent rating in piano solo were:

Daniel Day, Sarah Day, Molly Green, Luke Heine, Kirstin Johnson, Megan Johnson, Meagan O'Connor, Kristin Olson, Hannah Pommersheim, Kara Rasmussen, Mark Rusch and Jade Van Kley.

Michaela Kretzner and David Yarbrough received Very Good ratings.

In the piano duet event, Lindsey Isaacson, Kirsten Korte, Stacy Miskimins and Sara Weaver all received Superior ratings.

These students received a Superior rating for violin solos:

Matthew Auch, Brianne Cox, Kate Ehresmann, Rhea Ehresmann, Xaviera Flores, Alexanderia Mannes, Samantha Mannes, Lindsay Ostrem, Anne Roche, Shanon Skillman, Sadie Stevens, Sophie Stevens, Miki Tamura and Alexa Thomson.

Excellent ratings for violin solos were received by:

Nancy Abbott, Brianna Arnett, Haley Boone, Jessie Fennel, John Ring, Allen Schmitz, Katie Shubeck and Silpa Somepalli.

Theresa Ring received a Very Good rating.

In the viola solo event, Miles Boone, Holly Ehresmann, and Hannah Lerseth received Superior ratings, while Kyle Kooy and Mark Vickrey received Excellent ratings.

Haley Boone, Sophie Stevens and Alexa Thomson played violin concertos and received Superior ratings. The Lyric Strings Orchestra also received a Superior rating.

In addition to receiving a rating and comments from the judge, participants can earn points every year based on the ratings they receive, and gold cups are then awarded to those earning the required number of points (15 points for a small cup, 30 points for a medium cup, and 45 points for a large cup). This year a total of 18 gold cups were awarded.

Small gold cups for piano solos were received by: Kehshav Arogyaswamy, Daniel Day, Paul Hammond, Stacey Joy, Meagan O'Connor, Sarah Patnaude, Kara Rasmussen, Anthony Rath, Kathleen Redlin and Olivia Vandenhul.

Medium gold cups for piano solos were earned by Collette Joy, Jon Rush and Mark Rusch. Stacy Miskimins received a small gold cup in piano duet.

Katie Shubeck received a small gold cup for violin solo and Theresa Ring earned a medium gold cup. Mark Vickrey received a small gold cup in viola solo, and Xaviera Flores received a small gold cup for string orchestra.

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