Advance and Clemmons students have won the NCFMC Junior Festival National Federation of Music Clubs Festival Gold Cups for 2022.
The event is held annually on the Wake Forest University campus, but due to COVID restrictions, students have submitted Youtube performances for grading. There were over 600 musical events and participants.
• Mallory Andrews is a rising 7th grader who will be attending Ellis Middle School. His parents are Adam and Allison Andrews of Advance. Mallory earned her first tier (15 points) NFMC Festival Gold Cup in Piano Duo. She is in a mid-year to earn the 30-point cups in Hymn Playing, American Patriotic/Folk Songs and Piano Solo and has earned a superior in all of her 2022 events.
Mallory loves to dance and has been dancing since the age of 3 at In Motion Dance Studio. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She wants to be a veterinarian because she loves animals. She is a member of Clemmons Methodist Church.
• Elijah Beadle, 15, enters Grade 10 as a homeschooler. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eli started singing at a young age and started private singing lessons four years ago with Teresia Queen. He scored top in all vocal events including: American Patriotic/Folk Songs, Vocal Art Songs and Musicianship/Theory. He also won his first level gold cup in musical theatre.
Eli enjoys learning new songs, creating his own lyrics and collaborating with his sister. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, fishing, hiking and playing outdoors. His family resides in Clemmons and he is the son of David and Jeanette Beadle.
• Katelynn Beadle, 14, has been playing the piano since she was 7 and enjoys creating music. She is often found playing the piano. Katelynn is the daughter of David and Jeanette Beadle of Clemmons. She obtained six Superior marks in: Piano Solo, Hymns, American Patriotic/Folk Songs, Sacred Piano Solo and Musicianship/Theory. This is the first year that she won a gold cup in piano concerto. She also won the Wake Forest division for Hymn Playing and Sacred Music Piano Solo and won state titles in both events at UNCG.
She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and will enter Grade 9 homeschooling this year.
• Aaron Clodfelter is a future sixth grader who will attend Ellis Middle School. He is the son of Joseph and Anna Clodfelter of Advance. Aaron has won multiple Festival Gold Cups with a successful third year of all scores being top. His golden cups include: Music/theory, patriotic/American folk songs, solo piano and hymns. He is also the winner of the Queen’s Studio Awards which will be presented at the end of the August recital for the Top Studio Memory Award and the Top Studio Transposition Award with an outstanding number of lines for both awards.
Aaron’s hobbies include football, astronomy and science.
• Sarah Hardin is one of three college students studying with Queen and has participated in college and adult events offered by the NFMC as part of the Silver Cup program. Sarah has competed in the Musicianship/Theory event for the past three years, winning a superior each time and winning her first tier cup 15 points in 2022. She is on track to win her second silver cup in 2023 as a piano duo. Her parents are Dawn and Chris Hardin and she attends Forsyth Technical Community College where she is enrolled in the DNA program.
She is a member of Farmington Baptist Church. Sarah’s interests, outside of her nursing program and raising her rabbits, include: painting, playing the piano, being outdoors and enjoying nature.
• Anna Hedrick participated in the Wake Forest Junior Festival for four years and again won all consecutive top prizes in solo piano, hymns and patriotic/American folk songs. She got her first level gold cup in music/theory. She is a rising 7th grader and will attend Ellis Middle School. She is the youngest daughter of David and Kathy Hedrick of Advance and attends Clemmons Presbyterian Church where she sang with the CPC Children’s Choir and performed with the band Middler Hand Chime. She has also provided music for worship services as a soloist and pianist.
Her hobbies include: dancing, competitive dancing, reading, family travel, spending time with friends and music. His musical interests include: vocals, piano, church chimes and flute in the school orchestra.
• Garrison Hewitt is an upcoming 5th grader at Shady Grove Elementary. He is the grandson of Anthony and Sandra Carbone and Lorelei and Gary Hewitt. His parents are Brad and Ashley Hewitt. Outside of music, Garrison is interested in sports, lacrosse, reading and Cub Scouts. He competed in his third year at the NFMC Junior Festival this year and achieved superiorities in all four of his events. This is the first year he has won the festival’s Gold Cups in American Anthems and Patriotic/Folk Songs. He is on track to also earn his 15-point cuts in Solo Piano and Musicality/Theory in 2023.
• Leela Moore is a rising 6th grader at Saint Leos Catholic School and is the daughter of Jason and Lee Moore of Advance. She learned piano at Queen and has participated in the NFMC-sponsored Junior Festival for each of the past four years. Leela has consistently scored top marks in every event, every year. For 2022, she won two festival gold cups in the piano duo and musicality/theory events.
Outside of school and the piano, Leela is artistic and enjoys painting with acrylic paints and creating miniature sculptures with modeling clay. Leela visited her family in Thailand this summer and continued her piano lessons while on vacation from her grandparents’ house via Skype’s online technology.
• Tyler Moore is a 7th grader going to Saint Leos Catholic School and is the son of Jason and Lee Moore. He has been taking piano lessons since kindergarten and competed in the NFMC Wake Forest Junior Festival for seven years, earning a consistent top grade in all events for the seven years. His events include: Musicianship/Theory, Piano Solo, Hymns and American Patriot/Folk Songs, Piano Concerto, Piano Duet and Sacred Music Piano Solo. For 2022, Tyler earned his 30-point Gold Cups in the AP/FS and Hymns events. He also studies Taekwando with the Family Kicks School.
Tyler also visited family in Thailand over the summer and was able to continue his piano lessons via Skype. Her favorite activities outside of school are video games and watching YouTube.
• Kristen Roberts is a member of Calvary Baptist Church and attends day school, where she is a senior this year. She became interested in music and wanted to learn more about singing when she started singing lessons five years ago with Queen. She was a member of the NFMC and completed her fourth year of participation in the junior festival for the district. She has won festival Gold Cups in: Vocal Art Song, American Patriotic/Folk Songs, and Musicality/Theory in the past and won her first level Gold Cup in Musical Theater in 2022. She is the daughter of Kim and Neal Roberts.
His hobbies include running and hiking. She also enjoys reading and just hanging out with friends.
• Marion Shelton is a rising 8th grader at William Ellis Middle School. She is the daughter of Lori Shelton of Advance and attends Moravian Church in Clemmons.
Marion plays flute in the Ellis School Band and swims on the Tyde Swim Team and the Oak Valley Swim Team. She also enjoys participating in athletics with her school. Marion has just completed her third year of junior festival participation with NFMC and won her first 15 point gold cup in the solo piano event. She also scored higher in her other events for 2022, including: Piano Duo, Patriotic/American Folk Songs, Anthems, and Musicality/Theory, and is on track to win more festival gold cups in 2023.
• Giulianna Steuart is a rising 7th grader and the daughter of Michael and Kristen Steuart. She has been a member of the NFMC for five years and earned her first level cut in piano duet with her duet partner, Mallory Andrews. Giulianna has won four NFMC Festival Gold Cups in her piano performance events and musicality theory; she’s in the middle years of working towards her 30-point cuts.
Besides the piano, Giulianna enjoys swimming, basketball, volleyball, reading, drawing, the running track and playing with friends. She is a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem. Giulianna also won the music studio award for ‘Best Personal Memory’ in the past five years with Ms. Queen.
• Landon Vick will be an incoming junior at Davie High School and is the son of John and Jansen Bailey and Steve Vick. He is a member of the Farmington Baptist Church. Landon won his NFMC Cup at 30 points in American Patriotic Folk Songs for 2022 with a consecutive top score in the past six years. He has been a member of the NFMC for six years and competes in solo piano, piano concerto, sacred music for solo piano, hymn playing and musicality/theory. His interests include: music, comedy, design and technology.
The students are members of Teresia Ann Queen’s music studio, piano and voice teacher, again named for 2022 as having the #1 ranked federated music studio in North Carolina, ranked 4th in the United States.
“It is indeed a great honor from a national organization with more than 135,000 members across the United States,” Queen said.
The studio is a junior club that participates in the NFMC Junior Music Festival every year.
Her students’ attendance and success at the festival has been the major contributing factor to Queen’s studio’s national and national rankings.
“I am honored to be affiliated with such a dedicated nationwide and nationwide music organization and all the opportunities it provides for students to meet challenges and progress in their music education.
“Thank you to all of the students who helped to be named North Carolina State’s No. 1 for another year. You’ve contributed sheet music to your festival, shared music in your churches, performed at nursing homes and talent shows, letters of recognition from Congress leaders in your areas, and all the students who have been nominated state finalists, as well as state and scholarship holders in your respective events,” she said.
Other students who have contributed to the rankings (but are in their mid-Gold Cup years and not pictured) include: Jaxon Gardner, Holyn and Will Hedrick, Viola Hewitt, Alex Hirata, Ashley Holly, Sean Lane , Jeffrey Lyons, Gabrielle McFarlin, Nicholas Morris, Kristen Roberts and Jenna Scully.
“Each student is to be congratulated for all they have accomplished, shared and contributed to this statewide recognition, as well as their own perfect scores and awards,” Queen said.