Mrs. Don “Judy” Warrington presented awards to her piano students during the recital of the Ridgedale School of Fine Arts held at the Ridgedale Baptist Church in Chattanooga. Piano students who earned points for consistent piano practice and excellent performance were awarded trophies.
The top award went to Teddy Bullock for 700 points. Other trophies given were to Grace Greenwood, 400 points; Calissa Porter, 300 points; and Ashley George, 100 points.
Certificates were presented to Leah Stipelcovich who performed in the Chattanooga Music Teacher Association’s auditions and Grace Greenwood who performed in the Ocoee Music Teacher Association’s auditions.
Students were judged on their performance of a minimum of three memorized songs and had to pass theory tests in four different areas of music theory. They both rated superior on their performances and are eligible to compete in the Tennessee Music Teachers Association’s auditions at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in June.
Warrington also entered eight students in the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Festival. Students were judged on their performance of two pieces. Nicole Eigelsbach received a trophy for a total of 32 points based on good grades in NFMC. Julie Edwards and Teddy Bullock each got a trophy for 18 points in NFMC. These points are accumulated for several years. All of these students were awarded certificates. Rating superior in this event were Calissa Porter, Ashley George, Grace Greenwood and Teddy Bullock, who also received a state certificate for his superior rating at the NFMC state event at Carson-Newman. Julie Edwards, Nicole Eigelsbach, Leah Stipelcovich and Christopher Meadows rated excellent.
Nine of Warrington's students performed on the recital program. In addition to those already mentioned, Natee Wongmanee also performed and received a certificate of performance.
Warrington began teaching at the Westmore Music Academy in January. Five of her students performed at their spring recital. They were Sam Lee, Eli Blake, Nathanael Lamon, Emily Powers and Leah Stipelcovich. Warrington also played one of her hymn arrangements.
Maria Dunn and Grace Greenwood performed at North Cleveland Church of God’s Academy of the Arts recital.
Three of Warrington’s students are scheduled to play in a master class by Robert Vandall during the TMTA state conference at UTC in June. Nathanael Lamon, Christopher Meadows and Teddy Bullock will perform Vandall’s compositions.
Warrington has received permanent certification from TMTA and the Music Teachers National Association. She received a bachelor of music education degree from Lee University. She is a past president of the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association and a former president and treasurer of the Ocoee Music Teachers Association which she co-founded. She was CMTA’s 2006 Teacher of the Year.