Junior Music Festival scheduled The 38th 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 2. This year the festival will be held in the new auditorium and music rooms of the Vermillion High School.
About 100 young musicians, ages 6 to 18, from Vermillion and the surrounding area are expected to perform, playing either the piano or a string instrument. Each student performs two pieces of music by memory, one of which is a required selection, and receives a rating and written critique from a judge.
This year's judge for the string players will be Eleanor May-Patterson, a violinist/violist from Sioux City who teaches music in the public schools as well as maintaining her own private studio with 37 students. She is an active member of both the South Dakota Symphony and the Sioux City Symphony and is the first violinist and manager of the Arioso Quartet, a professional string quartet in this area. May-Patterson earned her B.A. degree in music education from Augustana College and a master's in music from The University of South Dakota.
The piano judge for this year's festival is Christy Kimball. Kimball has been a piano teacher for a number of years, having taught in North Dakota, Massachusetts, Maine and Alaska. She has also served as a church musician in a number of places and currently is one of the organists at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. She has her B.A. degree in piano performance from the University of North Dakota and is currently working on a master's degree in organ performance at USD, studying under Dr. Larry Schou.
The sessions of the Junior Music Festival are open to the public and parents and friends are urged to attend. For further information about the Junior Music Festival, contact Carolyn Johnson at 624-4233.