A huge congratulations to my students Sophie and Henry who placed 1st and 2nd, respectively, in Beginning Fiddle at the 2016 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. Sophie performed the piece Ostinelli's Reel, an American tune in the style of an Scottish/Irish reel which uses string crossings and shifts into 3rd positions. Henry performed the traditional Old Timey tune Bill Cheatum–another reel also using a bit of 3rd position. The arrangement for Bill Cheatum can be found in Larry Newman's Music Fun Books. Great performances by both students!
I also want to mention my other students who entered the contest and gave equally amazing performances. My viola student Hannah played the piece Cluck Old Hen on the main stage with her brother on guitar for the other instrument category and received a roaring applause. Violin student Bella gave her best performance of a unique tune Red Haired Boy, the chord arrangement was provided by her father. And my new student Benjamin played the all-time favorite tune Arkansas Traveler.
Congratulations to all the beginners who competed, and a special thanks to all of the hard work from my students and their parents. Looking forward to next year!