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Area piano, vocal, and string students performed recently when members of the Tuscarawas County Chapter of the Ohio Music Teachers Assn. held their 30th annual Ribbon Festival at the Dover Alliance Church.
Nearly 100 students presented memorized solos and received written comments from an adjudicator. OMTA teachers whose students participated in the festival include Joan Goth, Phyllis Ronald, and Melanie Winn, all of New Philadelphia; Mary Cooper of Dover; Judy Schenker of Strasburg; Susan Weaver of Millersburg, and Luci Shank of Walnut Creek.
Guest adjudicators for the pianists were Dr. Maira Liliestedt, Associate Professor of Music at The University of Mt. Union and an award-winning performer; and Dr. Brian Dykstra, Emeritus Professor of Music at The College of Wooster, noted for both his performances of classical and chamber music and of his own compositions in the genre of classic ragtime music.
Crystal Sabik, string adjudicator, is orchestra director for the Alliance City Schools and a regular cellist with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and the Alliance String Quartet. She also serves as president of District 8 of the Ohio Music Education Assn.
Writing comments for the vocalists was Charles Spencer, private teacher and retired member of the voice faculty at Malone College and noted performer in opera, oratorio, musical theater, operetta, symphonic and pops concerts with Cleveland Opera and many other renowned arts organizations.
Each student received a medallion ribbon signifying the student's number of years of participation in the festival.
Upcoming events scheduled by the OMTA include a performance by a faculty piano trio from The University of Mt. Union, with Elaine Anderson, cello; Bohdan Subchak, violin; and Maira Liliestedt, piano on April 4 at 9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in New Philadelphia. At the same location, on April 30, at 3 p.m., the OMTA teachers will present their annual recital in which the teachers themselves perform. Both events are free and open to the public.