The United Churches of the Windber Area had a special entertainer at its meeting Tuesday night. Musician Hanna Livingston the Maryland State Junior Fiddle Champion entertained the 85 church members in attendance.
Livingston was recognized by the age of 7 by her piano teacher that she had an "innate sense of music theory and natural musical ability," according to her biography. "She was first exposed to the violin through the Allegany County, Maryland Board of Education strings program at age 9. At 10 she began classical studies with Charlene Moon who described her as having an 'old soul' and a mountain style."
Livingston earned the state Junior Fiddle Champion in October of this year. She has won a number of contests for fiddle as well as for playing the mandolin. Aside from the piano, fiddle and mandolin, Livingston plays trumpet and in her school's jazz ensemble and marching band, as well as French horn in the school concert band.
She is now also playing guitar and banjo and hopes to have a mountain dulcimer someday.
She enjoys classical music and performs with the Tri-State Youth Orchestra, Allegany Community Symphony and is a concertmaster for the orchestra at Mountain Ridge High School where she is also on the golf team and an honors student. She is a regular at the Queen City Creamery's Bluegrass Jams in Cumberland, Md., and a part-time member of the Amarillo Band.
Also on the evening program were lead singer John Dively along with Brad Foust a vocalist/guitarist.
New officers were introduced for the United Churches for 2013. They are: Carol Lesko, president, Sharon Bushwack, vice president, Diane Lampel, treasurer and Flo Crist, secretary.