Music has the ability to transport us to the far reaches of our imaginations. This certainly was the case at a Spring Piano Recital which took place at Ostmark Lutheran Church, Watkins, Sunday May 5. The music-makers are students of local teacher, Barb Root. Family and friends enjoyed the elementary students’ musical depictions of such things as a pony, a cat, a puppy, a lady bug, a song of joy, fun in the backyard, a music-box dancer and a festival and a roller-coaster ride. High School students shared selections from The Phantom of the Opera and The Exodus. Renditions on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano and a Bridge to Forever were performed. Chopin’s E-flat Nocturne and “A New Hiding Place” by 20th century African composer, Harry Burleigh, concluded the program.
Two weeks later, the Lake Area Music Teachers’ Forum held four Honors Recitals. The first two took place Friday, May 17, at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Dassel, followed by two on Sunday afternoon, May 19, at the First Baptist Church, Cokato.
Students performing in one or more of the above programs were:
Cheyenne Nyholm, Luke Ashbrook, Myra Niemala, Karl Lexvold, Kendall Aho, Alison Olson, Brooke Harmala, Melodie Albert, Zya Lueders, Melena Janckila, Chance Korpela, Will Olson, Patricia Aho, Hannah Ehlinger, Ahnika Lexvold, Ben Zipoy, Seahara Mancini, Sawyer Mies, Thane Brummond and Kaylyn Mancini.
Following their performances, students were presented Lake Area Music Teachers’ Forum ribbon awards. They represent musical growth in such areas as memorization, reading music, public performance, accompanying and significant musical progress.
Recognition was also given for participation in the following:
National Federation of Music Clubs’ Junior Festival – Superior rating: Alison Olson, Zya Lueders, Will Olson, Ahnika Lexvold, Sawyer Mies
National Federation of Music Clubs’ Gold Cup: Ahnika Lexvold
Minnesota Music Teachers’ Association Awards: State Contest Finalist; Piano Exam-Passes with distinction and MMTA Challenge Award recipient: Ahnika Lexvold