Young musicians earn awards at festivals

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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Students from Advance and Clemmons earned National Federation of Music Clubs Festival Gold Cups from the NCFMC Junior Festival for 2022.

The event is held annually on the campus of Wake Forest University, but due to the restrictions of COVID, students submitted Youtube performances for scoring. There were moe than 600 music events and entrants.

• Mallory Andrews is a rising 7th grade student who will be attending Ellis Middle School.  Her parents are Adam and Allison Andrews of Advance.  Mallory earned her first level (15 points) NFMC Festival Gold Cup in Piano Duet. She is in a middle year working toward earning the 30 point cups in Hymn Playing, American Patriotic/Folk Songs and Piano Solo and scored a Superior in all of her 2022 events.   

Mallory loves dancing and has been taking dance since she was 3 at In Motion Dance Studio. She loves spending time with friends and family. She wants to be a veterinarian because she loves animals.  She is a member of Clemmons Methodist Church.

• Elijah Beadle, 15, is entering the 10th grade as a home school student.  He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Eli started singing at a young age and began private voice lessons four years ago with Teresia Queen.  He scored Superior in all vocal events including: American Patriotic/Folk Songs, Vocal Art Songs and Musicianship/Theory.  He also earned his first level gold cup in Musical Theater.

Eli enjoys learning new songs, creating his own lyrics and collaborating with his sister. In his spare time he enjoys biking, fishing, hiking, and playing outdoors. His family resides in Clemmons and he is the son of David and Jeanette Beadle.

• Katelynn Beadle, 14, has been playing piano since she was 7 and enjoys creating music. She is often found playing around on the piano. Katelynn is the daughter of David and Jeanette Beadle of Clemmons.  She earned six ratings of Superior in: Piano Solo, Hymns, American Patriotic/Folk Songs, Sacred Piano Solo and Musicianship/Theory. This is her first year to earn a gold cup in Piano Concerto.  She also won the Wake Forest Division for Hymn Playing and Sacred Music Piano Solo and went on to win the state titles in both events at UNCG.

She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and will be entering 9th grade this year in home school.

• Aaron Clodfelter is an upcoming sixth grader who will be attending Ellis Middle School. He is the son of Joseph and Anna Clodfelter of Advance. Aaron won multiple Festival Gold Cups with a successful third year of all scores being Superior. His Gold Cups include:  Musicianship/Theory, American Patriotic/Folk Songs, Piano Solo and Hymns. He is also the winner of Queen’s studio awards which will be presented at the end of August recital for Top Studio Memory Award and Top Studio Transposition Award with an outstanding number of lines for both awards.

Aaron’s hobbies include football, astronomy and science.

• Sarah Hardin is one of three college students studying with Queen, and entered the college and adult events offered by NFMC through the silver cup program. Sarah has entered the Musicianship/Theory event for the past three years, earning a Superior each time and earned her first level 15 point cup in 2022. She is on track to earn her second silver cup in 2023 in Piano Duet. Her parents are Dawn and Chris Hardin and she attends Forsyth Technical Community College where she is enrolled in the ADN program.

She is a member of Farmington Baptist Church.  Sarah’s interests, outside of her nursing program and raising her bunnies, include: painting, playing the piano, being outside and enjoying nature.

• Anna Hedrick has participated in the Wake Forest Junior Festival for four years and earned all consecutive superiors again in Piano Solo, Hymns and American Patriotic/Folk Songs. She earned her first level gold cup in Musicianship/Theory.  She is a rising 7th grader and will be attending Ellis Middle School. She is the youngest daughter of David and Kathy Hedrick of Advance and attends Clemmons Presbyterian Church where she has sung with the CPC Children’s Choir and played with the Middler Hand Chime group. She has also provided music for worship services as a soloist and pianist.

Her hobbies include: dance, competition dance, reading, traveling with family, spending time with friends and music.  Her music interests include:  singing, piano, church chimes and flute in the school band.

• Garrison Hewitt is an upcoming 5th grade atShady Grove Elementary. He is the grandson of Anthony and Sandra Carbone and Lorelei and Gary Hewitt. His parents are Brad and Ashley Hewitt.  Outside of music, Garrison is interested in sports, lacrosse, reading and Cub Scouts. He competed in his third year at the NFMC Junior Festival this year and earned Superiors in all four of his events.  This is his first year to earn Festival Gold Cups in Hymns and American Patriotic/Folk Songs.  He is on track to also earn his 15 point cups in Piano Solo and Musicianship/Theory in 2023.

• Leela Moore is a rising 6th grader at Saint Leos Catholic School and is the daughter of Jason and Lee Moore of Advance. She has been taking piano from Queen and participating in the Junior Festival sponsored by NFMC for each of the past four years. Leela has consistently earned a rating of Superior in each event, each year. For 2022, she earned two Festival Gold Cups in the events of Piano Duet and Musicianship/Theory.

Outside of school and piano, Leela is artistic and enjoys painting with acrylic paints and creating miniature sculptures with modeling clay. Leela visited with her family in Thailand this summer and continued her piano lessons while on vacation from her grandparent’s home via the online technology of Skype.

• Tyler Moore is a rising 7th grader at Saint Leos Catholic School and is the son of Jason and Lee Moore.  He has been taking piano lessons since kindergarten and has participated in the NFMC Wake Forest Junior Festival for seven years receiving a consistent score of Superior in all events for all seven years.  His events include: Musicianship/Theory, Piano Solo, Hymns and American Patriot/Folk Songs, Piano Concerto, Piano Duet and Sacred Music Piano Solo.  For 2022, Tyler earned his 30 point gold cups in the events of AP/FS, and Hymns.  He also studies Taekwando with Family Kicks School.

Tyler also visited with family in Thailand over the summer and was able to continue his piano lessons via Skype. His favorite outside of school activities are playing video games and watching YouTube.

• Kristen Roberts is a member of Calvary Baptist Church and attends the Day School, where she is a Senior this year. She acquired an interest in music and wanted to learn more about singing when she began voice lessons five years ago with Queen. She has been a member of NFMC, and has completed her fourth year of Junior Festival participation for the district. She has earned Festival Gold Cups in: Vocal Art Song, American Patriotic/Folk Songs and Musicianship/Theory in the past and earned her first level Gold Cup in Musical Theater in 2022. She is the daughter of Kim and Neal Roberts.

Her hobbies include running track and hiking.  She also loves to read and just hang out with friends.

• Marion Shelton is a rising 8th grade student at William Ellis Middle School.  She is the daughter of Lori Shelton of Advance and attends Clemmons Moravian Church.

Marion plays flute in the Ellis school band and swims on the Tyde Swim Team and the Oak Valley Swim Team. She also enjoys participating in track and field with her school.  Marion has just completed her third year of Junior Festival participation with NFMC and earned her first 15 point gold cup in the event of Piano Solo. She also scored Superior in her other events for 2022, including: Piano Duet, American Patriotic/Folk Songs, Hymns and Musicianship/Theory, and is on track to earn additional festival gold cups in 2023.

• Giulianna Steuart is a rising 7th grader and the daughter of Michael and Kristen Steuart. She has been a member of NFMC for five years and earned her first level cup in Piano Duet with duet partner, Mallory Andrews. Giulianna has won four NFMC Festival Gold Cups in her piano performance events and Musicianship Theory; she is the middle years of working toward her 30 point cups.

Besides piano, Giulianna loves swimming, basketball, volleyball, reading, drawing, running track and playing with friends. She is a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem. Giulianna has also earned the music studio award of “Personal Best Memory” for the past five years with Mrs. Queen.

• Landon Vick will be an incoming junior at Davie High School and is the son of John and Jansen Bailey and Steve Vick. He is a member of Farmington Baptist Church. Landon earned his NFMC 30 point cup in American Patriotic Folk Songs for 2022 with a consecutive score of Superior for the past six years.  He is a six-year member of NFMC and competes in Piano Solo, Piano Concerto, Sacred Music Piano Solo, Hymn Playing and Musicianship/Theory.  His interests include: music, comedy, drafting and technology.

The students are members of the Music Studio of Teresia Ann Queen, piano and voice teacher, again, named for 2022 as having the No. 1 ranked Federated music studio in North Carolina, ranked 4th across the U.S.

“This is indeed a high honor from within a national organization that has over 135,000 members across the U.S.,” Queen said.

The studio is a junior club which participates annually in the NFMC Junior Music Festival.

The participation and success of her students at the festival was the largest contributing factor to the state and national ranking for Queen’s studio.

“I am is honored to be affiliated with such a dedicated musical organization on the state and national level and all the opportunities it provides students for challenge and growth in their musical education.

“Thank you to all students who contributed to being named No. 1 in the state of NC for another year.  You contributed with your festival participate scores, sharing music in your churches, performing at nursing homes and talent shows, letters of recognition from congressional leaders in your areas, and all those students who were named state finalists, as well as state title-holders and scholarship recipients in your respective events,” she said.

Other students who contributed to the rankings (but are in the middle of gold cup years and not pictured,) include: Jaxon Gardner, Holyn and Will Hedrick, Viola Hewitt, Alex Hirata, Ashley Holly, Sean Lane, Jeffrey Lyons, Gabrielle McFarlin, Nicholas Morris, Kristen Roberts, and Jenna Scully.

“Each student is to be congratulated for all they have accomplished, shared and contributed to this statewide recognition as well as their own individual perfect scores and awards,” Queen said.