Junior Music Festival to be held March 19 The 41st 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 19.
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 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.
The following teachers have students in playing in the festival: Lois Droegemeier, Beth Mitchell, Christy Kimball, Susan Gray, Karen Wearne, Janis Yarbrough, Karen Lipp, and John Thomson.
The judge for the string performers will be cellist Nick Curry, an assistant professor of music at The University of South Dakota and cellist in the Rawlins Piano Trio.
Jayson Dobney, M.M., associate director and curator of percussion, National Music Museum, will judge piano performers.
All sessions are free 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.