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On Feb. 27, pupils of McGill Music Studio played in a studio recital in the home of Frances McGill. Vocal and piano students performed, some of whom are to make appearances in the North Carolina Music Teachers’ Association Festival in mid-March.
Ginny Weant, daughter of Drew and Wendy Weant sang, “Chanson D’Amour,” by Faure’; Annabelle Nagy, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Chris Nagy sang “Part of your World,” from The Little Mermaid, music by Menken.
Drake Burlingham, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.L. Burlingham, played “Warrior Brave,” by Bober. Salem Hockett, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. David Hockett, played “Vivace,” by Haydn; “Allegro Brillante,” by Cocone; and “Love Song,” by Barber.
Sarah Jamison performed, “Splash, Splash,” by Montgomery; Ashley Jamison played “Spirit of the Stallion,” by Gutierrez. Both girls are daughters of Dr. Phil and Debbie Jamison of Belmont.
Annie Russell played, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” arranged by Faber. Mary Hunter Russell performed, “Fastest Piano in the West” by Casson. Both girls are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John Russell of Belmont.
LeAnna Kim Smith sang, “I attempt from love’s sickness,” from The Indian Queen by Purcell, and played “A River Flows Through You,” by Yiruma. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Smith of Concord. Carmen McGill performed Rachmaninoff’s, “Prelude in C sharp minor.” She is the daughter of Lisa McGill of Gastonia and John McGill of Belmont.
Guests for the recital included Dr. Debbie Jamison, Laura and Sara Tench of Belmont and Sherylle Smith of Concord.
After the recital, the students were treated to a pizza party.
They recited terms of music theory and events and composers in music history for prizes in a game of Music Jeopardy.
Red Hats
With the passing of the Queen, Joan Smith on Feb. 2, Queen Mother duties are being divided between Gisele Marquis and Geraldine Terry.
On Feb. 17, the Chapeaux Red Hats met at Il Colosseo for lunch and honored the memory of Queen Joan by distributing tokens of her Red Hat memorabilia to members.
On Feb. 19, the Classy Red Hats met for lunch at the Elk’s Downtowner Restaurant. Hostess Phyllis Byrd presented each member with a jar of home-made candy and a Valentine favor.
Music competition
The National Federation of Music Clubs is an organization that promotes and encourages students in their musical endeavors through competitions, scholarships, music camps and Junior Music Festivals. North Carolina hosts 11 Junior Musical Festivals of which one is held in Salisbury. The 18th annual Salisbury Junior Music Festival was held Feb. 28 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
The NFMC Festival’s program is designed to promote opportunity to perform and receive evaluation. Students who participate prepare two selections to be judged. Areas to be critiqued include rhythm, dynamics, technique, style and memorization. This year’s students participated in piano solo, hymn playing and piano duets.
Doris Swaim and Erin Harper, adjudicated this year’s event.
The following students of Diane Freeman received the highest rating of superior in Piano Solo: Jordan Couch, Carlie Darnell, Rachel Eller, Cassie Honeycutt, Brittany Hopkins, Lexi Kluttz, Andrew Mason, Samantha Rife, Matthew Rowan, Alden Wright and Baron Wright.
The following students of Freeman received a rating of superior in hymn playing: Addi Bost, Carlie Darnell, Kelsie Dumont, and Kylie KluttzThe following students of Susan McLain received the highest rating of superior: Jonathan Hess, Mary Kaufmann, Joshua Schiemann, and Lily Yatawara.The following students of Deanna Smith received the highest rating of superior: Anna Childers, Rebecca Harrison, Madison Johnson, Molly Kimmons, Rachel Kimmons, and Cheyenne Smith.The following students of Jan Sywenki received the highest rating of superior: Katie Corriher, Jacqueline Gregoire, Paige Gregaire, Emily Hammer, Isabella Rusher, Tara Speaks, Alex Wimmer, and Elle Wimmer.
The following students of Sywenki received a rating of superior in hymn playing: Melani Lippard, Tara Speaks and Ashley Wood.

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