More than 100 young musicians from the surrounding area, ages 4-18, are expected to participate, performing on either the piano or a stringed 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 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 band room.
The following teachers have students playing in the festival: Lois Droegemeier, Susan Gray, Kimberly Jacobson, Christy Kimball, Beth Mitchell, Karen Wearne, Janis Yarbrough, Nick Curry, Karen Lipp and John Thomson.
The judge for the string performers will be violinist Jay Reeve. Mr. Reeve is a string teacher from Sioux Falls and a member of the first violin section of the South Dakota Symphony.
Marilyn Nyberg will be judging the piano performers. Ms. Nyberg is a piano teacher and organist in Yankton.
All sessions are free of charge 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.