Junior Music Festival to be held on Saturday The 36th annual Junior Music Festival, sponsored by the Vermillion Music Club in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs, will be held on Saturday, March 4. About 100 young musicians, ages 6-18, from the Vermillion area are expected to participate, performing either on the piano, on a string instrument, or vocally. Each student performs two pieces of music, one of which is a required selection for the category in which the student is performing, and receives a rating and written critique from a judge. The festival will be held in the Warren M. Lee Fine Arts Building on The University of South Dakota campus, with the piano students performing in Colton Recital Hall, the string players in the Choral Room, and the vocalists in the Band Room.
Our string judge for this year's festival is Dr. Priscilla Hallberg, newly appointed to the music faculty of Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. She is the lead teacher in the Siouxland Community Music School and is also the co-associate concertmaster of the Sioux City Symphony. She was a member of the Boston Pops-Esplanade Orchestra for 26 years and has also been a solo performer and recitalist. Hallberg holds music degrees from the University of Iowa, Boston University and Rutgers University.
Sandy DeSaix will be judging the piano performers. She is a graduate of Augustana College and has also studied piano/organ under Dr. Larry Schou at The University of South Dakota. She is currently the organist and Cherub Choir director at Calvary Episcopal Church in Sioux Falls. She teaches piano and organ in Sioux Falls and Beresford and judges piano competitions in the area.
DeSaix is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Beresford Piano Teacher's Guild, the Sioux Falls Piano Guild, and the Christian Performing Arts Fellowship.
All sessions are free of charge and open to the public. For further information, contact Carolyn Johnson at 624-4233.