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Young Tradition Youth Commission 2020/2021

Young Tradition Vermont continues its Youth Commission program for a second year.

The Youth Commision is a group of high school-aged musicians who play and sing in traditional styles. They start rehearsals in September, and will be scheduling performances starting in January and continuing into the summer of 2021, including the annual Young Tradition Festival in Burlington in early May.

The Youth Commision is one of 30 programs managed by Young Tradition Vermont. Each year, a member of the Young Tradition Touring Group is selected to lead the Youth Commission for the year (September through the following June). The person selected is charged with creating a small ensemble (four to five members) and a program of original compositions and arrangements with mentors/master artists of their choosing. The program created is then presented at performances, festivals, and other events, both in person when possible and on line.

The commissioned artist for 2020/2021 is Maeve Fairfax from Burlington Vermont, a junior at Burlington High School. She has been in the Touring Group as a fiddler, flute player and vocalist for three years, and has been a finalist in the Young Tradition Vermont annual contest with the Burlingtones, the school’s student-led acapella vocal group.

As the commissioned artist, Maeve schedules and organizes rehearsals, and works with YTV’s Executive Director Mark Sustic to manage challenges and opportunities for the group. The Youth Commission is designed as a next step for musicians who have been in Touring Group and other programs who show promise as composers/arrangers and ensemble leaders.

Members of the ensemble will include Hadley Stockwell of Charlotte, Ben Munkres of Cornwall, Anya Hardy-Mittell of East Middlebury and Eme Zelis of Belmont.

In addition to a busy athletic and academic schedule, Maeve has performed throughout Vermont, and in Scotland and New York/New Jersey with the Touring Group. She also has experience with Fiddleheads, Trad Camp, Baird 5 sessions at UVM Medical Center and Young Tradition Festival, in addition to the Burlingtones.  She and the Youth Commission ensemble will represent Young Tradition Vermont as ambassadors and will be involved in projects and performances starting in January 2021 and continuing into the summer.

For more information about the Young Tradition Youth Commission contact Mark Sustic at mark.sustic@gmail.com. More information about Young Tradition Vermont is at www.youngtraditionvermont.org or on facebook at www.facebook.com/YoungTraditionVermont.