Local musicians participate in junior festival at UMHB
Local piano students participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Junior Festival held at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, on Feb. 26, according to their piano teacher, Dixie Whitmore.
More than 200 students from Central Texas performed at the festival in piano, hymn playing, voice and violin.
Rockdale’s Keyboard Melody Makers Junior Club members participating in piano and hymn playing were Ashton Betchan, Brian Blanchard, Emilie Compton, Geritt Davenport, Mattie Fisher, Amy Gardenhire, Julia Harwell, Abigail Olson and Mary Unnasch.
Brian Blanchard earned his first gold cup in hymn playing w ith three years of superior rating.
Amy Gardenhire earned her third gold cup in piano with nine years of superior rating.
Keyboard Melody Makers Junior Club, with Mrs. Whitmore as counselor, is sponsored by the Matinee Musical Club of Rockdale, a member of the Texas and National Federation of Music Clubs.