LAMBERTVILLE, N J - Seventeen-year-old violinist Grace Miller took first place in the 35th Annual "Howell Living History Farm Fiddle Competition" here on Aug.24, a competition sponsored by the Hunterdon Folk Exchange.
Grace placed first in the Senior Division (aged fifteen through adult) with two tunes of contrasting styles: "Mrs. Jamieson's Favorite," a slow waltz, and an upbeat jig called "Banish Misfortune."
A member of Hunterdon Symphony, Grace began studying violin at age seven and has been a student of Nancy Roth, founder of the Symphony, since age nine. She has also played with the Hunterdon Fiddlers, through the Hunterdon Musical Arts Saturday Strings program, and participated in Hunterdon Youth Orchestra Camp.
Grace is the daughter of Lucas and Melanie Miller of Stewartsville, the third of eight children. She is a homeschooled honors student, studying with the Angelicum Academy Great Books Curriculum and is a member of the parish of St. Stephens of Hungary in Allentown, Pa.
Grace plans to major in liberal arts next fall.