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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 12 Junior Musical Festivals, one of which is held locally here in Salisbury. The 23rd annual Salisbury Junior Music Festival was held Saturday, March 1 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
The NFMC Festival’s program is designed to promote opportunity to perform and receive evaluation. Students that 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.
Josephine Sande and Elizabeth Dobson, both of Statesville, adjudicated this year’s event.
The following students of Jenniffer Campbell received the highest rating of superior in piano solo: Marlee Fleeman and vocal solo: Taj Gabriel.
The following students of Diane Freeman received the highest rating of superior in piano solo: Tom Bristol, Reagan Carpenter, Nancy Gamewell, Bethany Hogan, Brittney Hogan, Dorothy Malone, Daron Phillips, Jackson Safrit, Jacob Safrit, Jaydn Safrit, Olivia Smith and Lilli Cate Stirewalt. The following students of Mrs. Freeman received a rating of superior in hymn playing: Nancy Gamewell, Bethany Hogan, Brittney Hogan and Jackson Safrit.
The following students of Angela Robbins received the highest rating of superior in piano solo: Allison Murphy.
The following students of Deanna Smith received the highest rating of superior in piano solo: Makalie Beaver, Quinten Beaver, Davis Brown, Cheyenne Smith, Marshall Smith, Matthew Smith and Sonya Stepanek.
The following students of Jan Sywenki received the highest rating of superior in piano solo: Kathryn Marino, Michael Stanley, Hannah Waddell, Jaeden Watkins, Elle Wimmer and Kyna Zaldivar. The following students of Ms. Sywenki received the highest rating of superior in hymn playing: Jude Smeltzer, Hannah Waddell, Jaeden Watkins and Kyna Zaldivar.
Dicy McCullough, award winning author, presented “My Journey as a Writer” at the Salisbury Woman’s Club March meeting.
Ms. McCullough treated the members with the reading of one of her “Tired Of Being…” books for children.
Ann Bingham, chaplain, gave devotions centered around the values of being “poor.”
President Angelia Bates presided during the business session where members leaned about some of the recipients of the Lillian Peeler Scholarship at RCCC. Plans were made for community projects.
Betty Mohs, hostess, decorated the table in a St. Patrick Day theme for the luncheon catered by Trinity Oaks.
The next meeting will be April 9, 2014.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Salisbury Alumnae Chapter, treated the Delta Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully (GEMS) mentor group to a brunch at Emma’s of Salisbury on March 1, 2014.
In celebration of Sisterhood Month, the Salisbury Alumnae Chapter worshipped together at Soldier’s Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on March 16, where Rev. Dr. Grant Harrison is the pastor.
On Jan. 21, the Iota Phi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Salisbury Chapter, bestwed the fifth degree of Beta Sigma Phi on vice president Karen E. Smith of Salisbury. Qualifications for the degree are eight years of program work and active memebership in the Preceptor degree. Smith was pledged to Beta Sigma Phi in December of 1982. She also holds the Order of the Rose, the 25 year Silver Circle, was two-time Valentie Queen, four-time Woman of the Year, and is a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi with a combined 18 years of perfect attendance. She has also served in each if the officer’s positions and served on all committees.
The ritual was bestowed by sister Laureate members Vicki Lippard, Brenda Barger and Gail Young.

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