45th Annual Junior Music Festival held

About 65 young musicians participated in the 45th annual Junior Music Festival, sponsored by the Vermillion Music Club in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs, held on March 20, at the Vermillion High School.  The young pianists played the grand piano in the auditorium, while the string players performed in the band room.  The festival organizers are very grateful to the high school administration and staff for their help and cooperation in arranging for this event.  

Most of the participants, ages 5-17, are from the Vermillion/Yankton area, although this year we also had students from Milbank and Tea.  The following teachers had students playing in the festival: Susan Keith Gray, Kimberly Jacobson, Christy Kimball, Beth Mitchell, Karen Wearne, Janis Yarbrough, Karen Lipp, Sheila Dailie, and Amy Redhage.

Each student performed two pieces of music from memory, one of which was a required selection and the other was a piece which the student and his/her teacher chose; a rating for the performance along with a written critique was given by the judge.  The judge for the string performers this year was Kim Evander who has been a music teacher at the Yankton High School for the past four years.
 The piano students were judged by Judy Aiello, of Volin.  Mrs. Aiello formerly lived and taught piano in Vermillion and continues to teach at her home.

The following students received a superior rating in the piano solo event:  Adam Allgrunn, Lexi Allgrunn, Toria Andre, Riliegh Arne, Cory Cordie, Sophia Dudley, Becca Ford, Nathan Ford, Anjie Ge, Meriah Heckathorn, Regan Heine, Kevin Helenurm, Mark Helenurm, Kellee Jensen,  Sam Konzem, Dana LeVan,  Michael LeVan, Aloknanda Manna-Ray, Morgan Parke, Seth Phillips, McKayla Poppens, Ryan Reiffenberger ,Megan Reitsma, Tristen Ruesch, Kyle Schluttner, Stacy Schluttner, Ashley Schulz, Caitlyn Schwebach, Jane Ni Struckman-Johnson, Kate Struckman-Johnson, Jenny Sun, John Sweeney, Anneliese Taggart, Sophia Taggart, Abby Van Peursem, Luke Van Peursem, Anna VanHolland, Shinayne Whipple, and Dylan Workman. Excellent rating for piano solo were given to: Meghan Cameron, Taylor Davis, Luci Hudson, Grace Kjelden, Kelsee Meadows, Natalie Poppens, Micah Rarick, Lexi Saunders, Chrissy Sorensen, Britney Sweeney, Twila Sweeney, Sidney Tigert, Joel Van Peursem, and Wyatt Waage. Trevor Tigert received a Good rating.

Ryan Reiffenburger also earned a superior rating in the Piano Concerto Event.

Superior ratings in piano duet were awarded to Sophia Dudley and Dylan Workman.

The following students received a superior rating for violin solos: Dakota Barnes, Kate Ehresmann, Brianna Johnson, Carmen Lipp, and Leah Waid. Excellent ratings for violin solos were earned by David Redhage, Drew Taylor, and Sophia VanDenHul. Janani Ragothaman received a very good rating in violin solo as well as comments in the violin concerto event.  

In addition to receiving a rating and comments from the judge, participants can earn points every year based on the ratings they receive, and gold cups are then awarded to those earning the required number of points (15 points for a small cup, 30 points for a medium cup, and 45 points for a large cup). This year 15 gold cups were awarded.

Small gold cups for piano solos were earned by:  Adam Allgrunn, Sophia Dudley, Nathan Ford, Angie Ge, Mark Helenurm, Sydney Tigert, Twila Sweeney, Dylan Workman.

Medium gold cups were earned by: Meghan Cameron, Ryan Reiffenberger, and Chrissy Sorensen.

Sophia Dudley and Dylan Workman earned small gold cups in the piano duet event.

Claire Hussey earned a small gold cup in the violin solo event.   

Thanks to the judges, members of the Vermillion Music Club who worked to put on this festival (Christy Kimball, Beth Mitchell, Solveig Korte, Mary Sorensen, Sarah Chadima and Carolyn Johnson) and to the teachers who encourage their students to participate. For further information about the Junior Music Festival or the Vermillion Music Club, contact Sarah Chadima 624-6745.

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