Junior Music Festival to be held on March 1 The 39th 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 1. About 100 young musicians, ages 6 to 18, from the Vermillion area are expected to participate, performing on either the piano or a string instrument.
Each student performs two pieces of music, one of which is a required selection for the class in which the student is performing, and the second is a piece of comparable difficulty chosen by the student and his/her teacher. The students receive a rating and written critique from a judge.
The festival will be held in the Vermillion High School, with the piano students performing in the new auditorium and the string players in the choir room.
Our judge for the string performers will be Yankton violinist David Elder. Elder has a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from Yankton College and a master's degree in music theory from the University of Louisville.
He taught at the Experimental School of music in La Serens, Chile, as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1966 to 1969; since 1969 he has been the strings instructor and orchestra director with the Yankton Public Schools. He has played with both the Sioux City Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony for 35 years.
Judy Aiello, currently from rural Volin, will be judging the piano performers. Aiello holds a bachelor's degree in sacred music from Vennard College and a master's degree in music education from Drake University. She was a music teacher at the Vermillion Middle School until her retirement in 1994, after which she continued giving lessons in her private music studio.
She was also a piano instructor/clinician at The University of South Dakota. She has been a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the National Music Teachers Association.
All sessions of the Junior Music Festival are free and open to the public. For further information about the festival or the Vermillion Music Club, contact Carolyn Johnson at 624-4233 or Sarah Chadima at 624-6745.