Each student performs two pieces of music, one of which is a required selection for the class/level 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 auditorium and the string players in the Choir Room.
The following local teachers have students in playing in the festival: Lois Droegemeier, Beth Mitchell, Susan Gray, Karen Wearne, Janis Yarbrough, Lisa Swanson, Karen Lipp, Nick Curry and John Thomson.
Kimberly Jacobson from Tea and Sheila Dailie from Milbank also have students participating.
The judge for the string performers will be USD String Professor Rick Rognstad. Professor Rognstad teaches string bass now and taught cello previously for a number of years. He directs the orchestra at USD and was the original cellist in the Rawlins Piano Trio.
Christy Kimball, an adjunct instructor in piano for the School of Music at USD, will judge the piano performers. Kimball is the organist and music director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion and also gives private piano lessons.
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.