Wilson Music in Eldon had 22 students participate in the National Federation of Music Clubs Gold Cup Festival this spring in Jefferson City.

Wilson Music in Eldon had 22 students participate in the National Federation of Music Clubs Gold Cup Festival this spring in Jefferson City. In Piano Solo, five students received a Superior rating:  Gideon Claxton (Pre Primary), Moses Claxton (Primary 3), Karsten Eckhoff (Primary 4), Sawyer Claxton (Elementary 3) and Heather Mote (Elementary 4).  Two piano students received an Excellent rating: Penelope LaFoy (Primary 1) and Katie Forrester (Primary 4).  In Violin Solo all four students received a Superior rating: Harper Brumley (Pre Primary), Chloe Sartain (Primary 1), Kate Hackman (Primary 3) and Katie Eckhoff (Primary 4).  

Receiving his second Gold Cup with 30 accumulated points and six consecutive Superiors was Sawyer Claxton, son of Brian and Jessica Claxton, of Brumley. Sawyer will be 13 years old in April and is in the 7th grade at School of the Osage Middle School where he also participates in cross country, basketball and track. Sawyer has two younger brothers Moses and Gideon and has been a piano student with Elaine Wilson at Wilson Music for six years.

Moses Claxton received his first Gold Cup with 19 accumulated points. Moses is also son of Brian and Jessica Claxton of Brumley. Moses is 10 years old and in the 4th grade, home schooled by his parents. Moses is younger brother to Sawyer and older brother to Gideon, and loves baseball and basketball. Moses has been a piano student of Elaine at Wilson Music for four years.

Heather Mote received her first Gold Cup with 15 accumulated points and three consecutive Superiors. Heather is daughter of Lyndon and Cindy Mote of Iberia. Heather is 16 years old and a sophomore at Iberia High School. Heather loves to draw and paint and has drawn National attention to her work which resulted in her drawing of a lion named “Courageous” being hung in the Capital Building in Washington D.C. Heather has been a piano student of Elaine at Wilson Music for 2 1/2 years.

Gold Cup Festivals are open for participation to any music teacher who is currently a member of the NFMC. Points are received by music students from judges at the festivals once a year. In District 3, most students are either piano, violin, cello, voice and organ. However any band or orchestra instrumentalist may participate, or even dance.