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Please join us at our next CFS Gathering on Friday, January 10th, when we celebrate young musicians and dancers carrying forward the musical traditions we treasure. The 13th Annual CFS Young Talent Showcase gets underway at 7:30 PM in the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, in the edge of downtown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM.
Free parking is available in a deck adjacent to the Stella Center. Note: Elizabeth Avenue is still closed between Kings Drive and McDowell Street. Enter the parking deck by way of Fourth Street. You can exit from the back of the deck to the Stella Center parking lot to drop off passengers, but spaces are limited and you will most likely need to return to the deck to park.
Accessible entry and an elevator are available through the ground-floor door on the parking lot side of the building. Drivers with guests needing accessible entry may park temporarily in designated drop-off spaces opposite the side door.
Monthly second-Friday Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are family-friendly and free; donations are appreciated and essential to holding Gatherings in the Great Aunt Stella Center. Refreshments are served in the Cafe' downstairs after the concert. A song circle, jam sessions (including a slow old-time jam), and the Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club meeting follow. The Dulcimer Club makes available loaner instruments to visitors interested in "taking a test drive." Both listeners and participants are welcome to all these activities.
Emcees for this concert are CFS Junior Board members David Fee and Annika Bowers.
We are pleased to shine a spotlight on Lando Pieroni, the 2013 recipient of the Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering held at Warren Wilson College. Lando is a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Myers Park High School. He is member of the Myers Park Bluegrass Band; he plays banjo and guitar and sings back-up vocals. Since moving from Florence, Italy, where he was born, to Charlotte in 2011, Lando has volunteered at Novant Health Hospital. Lando most recently played with the Guitar Foundation of America Orchestra in Louisville, Kentucky and continues his classical guitar training under the tutelage of Dr. David Olson. Lando's parents are Carol Wilson and Carlo Pieroni.
Kate Aberman is making her fourth appearance in the Young Talent Showcase. She has been taking fiddle lessons from Jon Singleton since 2009 and is learning tunes from a variety of traditions. She is a junior at Myers Park High School and plays with the "Bluegrass Brothers" there. Kate also plays guitar and ukulele. Outside of music, she has performed as an actress on several stages. Kate has a black belt (2nd degree) in Tae Kwon Do. Her parents are Linda MacDonald and Mickey Aberman.
Ethan Alexander, aged fourteen, is a ninth grader at Myers Park High School. Ethan is a vocalist who performs with Jazz Arts Initiative. He most recently performed at the Booth Playhouse, backed up by fellow JAI students. He spent four years with the St. Peter's Choir School during which he toured, often as a soloist, throughout the Midwest and Northeast performing at multiple churches and other venues. Ethan sang at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center as a cast member of Opera Carolina's production of Turandot. He has also sung at the Carriage Club and Festival in the Park. He has studied vocal technique with Janice Williams and Rene Ebalaroza. Ethan is also a pianist with JAI and Janice Williams. His parents are Elaine and Matthew Alexander.
Keller Bentley is a twelve year old Lego enthusiast who has been playing the fiddle for two years. He takes instruction from Jon Singleton. Keller is a sixth grader and is homeschooled. Joe and Michelle Bentley are Keller's parents.
Annika Bowers is fifteen years old. She takes classes at CPCC and Queens University as a homeschooled, dual enrolled high school student. Annika began violin at ten years old and also plays the viola when she gets the chance. She plays Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, piano, and ukulele. For several years, she has been a member of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. Annika's classical violin teacher is Ms. Violet Pan and her Scottish fiddling teacher is Jamie Laval. In July she won first place in the Junior Regional division of the U.S. Scottish Fiddling competition held at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and went on to win second place at the U.S. National competition in September. She serves the Charlotte Folk Society as a Junior Board Member. Annika hopes to attend conservatory in a few years and likes to draw, read. and watch British TV in her "free" time. Her parents are Beau Bowers and Cheryl Drake-Bowers.
Davy Fee is a self-taught musician and has been playing guitar for six years. One of his biggest influences is Django Reinhardt. He regularly plays in a Gypsy Jazz group here in Charlotte with his dad. Davy is sixteen and a junior at Rocky River High School. Other activities he enjoys include running track and going camping with his Boy Scout Troop. Davy is a CFS junior board member and a 2011 Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship winner. He is the son of David and Tracy Fee.
Isobel Clinton Fodor is in the fourth grade at Countryside Montessori. She has been playing the ukulele for just under 3 months. David McGuirt is her music teacher. Isobel is the daughter of Anthony Fodor and Sandra Clinton.
Joshua Gerrard, our 2012 Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship winner, is a fifteen-year-old tenth grade student at Northwest School of the Arts, where he plays violin in the Chamber Orchestra and Recital Seminar. Josh takes private lessons from Nora Smilovici through the Community School of the Arts. He also plays viola for the Charlotte Youth Symphony Orchestra. For the past three years, he has enjoyed learning fiddle playing from Glen Alexander. Josh attended the Swannanoa Gathering the past two summers during Mando, Banjo, Fiddle Week. This past summer he enjoyed a new class there, called Huasteco Fiddle, as well as a class in Mandolin, his newest instrument. Sheryl and David Gerrard are Joshua's parents.
Sam Richardson is fifteen years old and a ninth grader at Myers Park High School. He began with Suzuki violin when he was in kindergarten and has been playing ever since. He enjoys bluegrass and country music and Glen Alexander is his teacher. He is the son of Laurie and Dillard Richardson.
Playing since she was three years old, Ruth Shumway studies classical and bluegrass fiddle with Judy Meister and Glen Alexander, respectively. she also studies old time fiddle and banjo with Jon Singleton. This summer, Ruth placed first in the Galax Old Time Fiddler's Convention youth old time fiddle category. She was honored to be interviewed by Scott Mason, the Tarheel Traveler, and the piece aired on WRAL this past September. Ruth and her band, The High Ridge Pickers, enjoy performing at a variety of venues including fiddler's conventions, farmer's markets, retirement communities, and charity events. Currently, Ruth is a fifth grader at Charlotte Latin School and will turn eleven in mid-January. In addition to music, she enjoys Tae Kwon Do, reading, swimming, and having fun with her friends. Ruth is the daughter of Mary and Dave Shumway.
Nicholas Tutwiler is eleven and a sixth grader at Carmel Middle School. Nick has been fiddling for about two and half years and studies with Carol Raedy.. He enjoys playing Civil War-era folk music and is an aspiring re-enactor. Nick frequently attends CFS monthly Gatherings and has been a slow jam participant, usually with his big brother, Ryan (a past Youth Showcase participant) who plays the hammered dulcimer. Nick became interested in playing the violin because he felt left out of the jam sessions that his brother played in! He also attends other workshops and jams in the region to refine his technique. Nick participates in the Sharon Presbyterian Church hand bell choir, Carmel Middle School orchestra, and is a member of the CMS Middle School Honors Orchestra. He appreciates the support of his parents, John and Heather Tutwiler, in his musical endeavors.
Murphy Tye is eight years old and in second grade at Charlotte Latin School. He has been taking fiddle lessons for sixteen months with Carol Raedy. Murphy also loves playing sports and riding his bike. Meredith and John Tye are Murphy's parents.
Colleen Marie Welday is a twelve-year-old homeschooler living in Salisbury, North Carolina. She begin piano lessons at the age of four with Lynn Rider in Northeast Ohio. When she moved to South Carolina, Colleen continued studying piano under the direction of Tom Bailey. In 2010 she moved to Salisbury. She studied piano with Susan Wilson for two-and-one-half years. Currently Colleen is studying with Andrea Stroot. Colleen's musical interests include classical and sacred as well as folk, bluegrass, and musicals. In addition to the piano, Colleen also plays the mountain dulcimer, soprano recorder, and clarinet. Her grandparents, Ed and Julie Engel, have been long-time members of the Charlotte Folk Society. They provide great support and encouragement to Colleen's musical endeavors. Colleen's parents are Sue and Kevin Welday.
The Lemonds Family bluegrass band has been playing together since 2009. Sarah is the youngest at fourteen and has played the fiddle since 2004. She has competed in fiddlers' conventions in the summer and won several blue ribbons for her fiddling talents. She studied with both Jon Singleton and Glen Alexander. She also enjoys playing with the Myers Park High School bluegrass club. Vance is fifteen and has played the mandolin since 2003. He has also won competitions and broken countless strings. Clint is eighteen and plays the banjo and guitar and also sings along with Christi (mom) and Gerald (dad).
The Charlotte Scottish Country Dance Society's Youth have been dancing together under the instruction of Jack Pressley for over two years. The group participates in medal competitions and performs regularly at local events. These young people represent the group which ranges in age from preteens to early 80s. Dancers of all ages are invited to join the CSCDS for instruction at the British American School (7000 Endhaven Lane, Charlotte) on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM. Please contact Jack Pressley for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website: http://charlottescottishdance.wordpress.com/.
Jack's Jills first met in their Scottish Country Dance class, where they discovered another love they have in common: music. The four young ladies sing harmony and fiddle in conjunction with their dance team at local functions.Abigail Moore (soprano) is fifteen and homeschooled. She has sung with the CHEA Choir for the past ten years and has been a piano student for the past six years at the VanPatter Music Studio. Abigail loves singing, theatre, Scottish Country Dancing, and playing the piano. Laurel Johnson (alto), age sixteen, is a homeschooled student in the tenth grade. As a member of the Choir School at St. Peters since 2006, she has performed with the children's chorus in the operas Turandot and La Boheme and is now in the Mastersingers Choir. Laurel also plays both the violin and guitar and serves as an assistant music and theory instructor for the Hand in Hand Orchestra at St. Luke UMC. In addition to music, she loves Latin, psychology, and Scottish Country Dancing. Olivia Johnson (soprano), age fourteen, plays the violin and she has been a member of the Mastersingers Choir at The Choir School of St. Peters since 2007. Olivia serves as an assistant music and theory instructor for the Hand in Hand Orchestra at St. Luke UMC. She enjoys all kinds of music, literature, and Scottish Country Dancing. Ginger-Gabrielle South, age fifteen, has been fiddling since the age of five. As a wee lass, she studied Suzuki violin with Ernie Manack of the Tosco Music Studio. Self-taught ever since, she enjoys playing bluegrass, folk, and Scottish music, usually by ear. Ginger also enjoys playing the piano and has recently acquired a viola of which she is quite fond.
We are most appreciative of all the parents who support their children's interests in music and the teachers who help develop that interest.
Please come out and join us in encouraging these young musicians with your presence!
CFS Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.