Junior Music Festival is March 6 in Vermillion

Junior Music Festival is March 6 in Vermillion The 40th annual Junior Music Festival, sponsored by the Vermillion Music Club in conjunction with the National Federal of Music Clubs, will be held on Saturday, March 6.

About 100 young musicians from the Vermillion area, ages 6-18, are expected to participate, performing on either the piano or a string instrument. Each student performs two pie es 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 then receive a rating and written critique from a judge.

The festival will be held in the Vermillion High School, with piano students performing in the new auditorium and the string players in the choir room. The following teachers have students playing in the festival: Lois Droegemeier, Beth Mitchell, Russell Osterberg, Lisa Swanson, Karen Wearne, Janis Yarborough, Karen Lipp and John Thomson. The judge for the string performers will be violinist Elizabeth Boyer from Sioux City, IA, where she is a member of the Sioux City Symphony. She is also a member of the South Dakota Symphony and has over 20 years of teaching experience.

Susan Gray, an associate professor of piano at USD and a member of the Rawlins Piano Trio, will judge the piano performers. She has piano performance degrees from Converse College and the University of Illinois and a doctor of musical arts in chamber music and accompanying from the University of Michigan. She has performed with a number of orchestras and other artists throughout the United States and abroad and has made several recordings.

All sessions are fee and open to the public. For further information about the Junior Music Festival or the Vermillion Music Club, contact Carolyn Johnson at 624-4233 or Sarah Chadima at 624-6745.

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