Ohio Music Teacher Association to host ribbon festival at Heidelberg Sunday

This section of the North Central District of the Ohio Music Teachers Association is to present a music ribbon festival Sunday in Brenneman Hall at Heidelberg University.

Members and non-members of the association are to present 46 students in a non-competitive program beginning at 1 p.m. Students are to play for a judge who is to give them a critique on their playing. They also are to receive a ribbon for each year of entry in the festival. This is the 48th year for these festivals to take place in Tiffin.

The public are invited to attend any of the four one-hour sessions.

Special rosette ribbons are to be given to Morgan Johnson and Emily Anstead for playing piano in the festivals for 13 years; Elyse Lortz is to play her 12th year of violin and Raphael Confesor is in his 10th year of piano in these festivals.

Curtis King is a staff accompanist at Heidelberg University. He received a bachelor’s degree in music (organ emphasis) from Heidelberg. After his 37-year career as a music teacher, King decided it was time for a change. In addition to accompanying, King is director of music and organist at the First Lutheran Church in Tiffin. He is a member of the National Association of Music Education, the Ohio Music Educator’s Association and the American Guild of Organists. He also is an active OMEA choral/voice/piano adjudicator.

Curtis and Margaret Thiele are to be adjudicators this year.

Thiele joined the faculty at Heidelberg as an assistant professor of music education in 2017. Before coming to Heidelberg, she taught K-6 general and choral music in the Dexter Community Schools, Dexter, Michigan, and at Eastern Michigan University. In the private sector, she ran a piano studio for more than 20 years and served on the piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.

Thiele has presented research in Utah, Virginia, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Teachers from Tiffin and surrounding areas are Jami Daniel, Amy Fretz, Sister Marietta Kill, Cynthia Ramsdell, Jody Strong, Carlynn Framstead, Donella Wilt, Lynette Weirich and Barb Ziebold.

Students to perform at 1 p.m. include Emily Anstead, Cadence Boehler, Raphael Confesor, Natalie Huffman, Morgan and Zoe Johnson, Jack Taylor, Natelie and Sienna Tiell, Garrett Ridner, Eddy William, Stella Strong and Anne Young.

Players at 2:15 p.m. are Marshell Brown, Grace Dameson, McKenna Price, Anna Sherwood, Kai Snyder, Leah Sholey, Ben Thompson, Lucas and Travis Weirich, and Emily Willman.

The 3:30 p.m. performers are Zoe Holbeison, Claire Lortz (violin and piano), Elyse Lortz (violin), Isaac Lortz (violin) and Molly Lortz (violin), Jack and Norah Root, Ruby Smith, Zachary Ross and Ray Yerkes.

The final performers at 4:40 p.m. include Ashley, Thomas and Erin Daniel, Dinah Hay, Luke McHaffie, Ashley Reinhart, Megan Hanes, Anya Stuart, Ambor Vander Boon, Grace MacMichael, Keaton Sheidler and Lylah Pollick.