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Compton to appear at Harstine Memorial Recital

Josh Compton, an art teacher at Dover City Schools, will be the guest performer at the 22nd annual Annette Kay Harstine Memorial Scholarship Recital.

Cayla McAfee

The public is invited to attend the 22nd annual Annette Kay Harstine Memorial Scholarship Recital on Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. at the Shanesville Lutheran Church in Sugarcreek. The recital will be presented by the members of the Tuscarawas County Junior Fortnightly Music Club and students of the Ohio Music Teachers Association.
The following young people will perform: Grace Schlabach of Baltic; Jessica Brown of Bolivar; Sidney Hostetler of Millersburg; Crystal Miller and Mary Vogel of New Philadelphia; Kathryn Coblentz, Samantha Coblentz and Elizabeth Gingerich of Sugarcreek; Abbey and Sara Hostetler of Stonecreek; and Claudia Airhart of Strasburg.
Josh Compton, an art teacher at Dover City Schools, will be the guest performer. Compton's music is the joining of two histories: that of his West Virginian grandparents who immigrated north and that of his Ohioan grandparents who navigated the highs and lows of the Midwestern Rust Belt.
Leaning heavily into Appalachian music traditions and a distinct, detailed writing style, Compton explores his place between those two worlds. He grew up in Sugarcreek and followed a musical trail that started with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and eventually led to Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, the field recordings of Alan Lomax, and many other folk and gospel forbears.
It wasn’t until after high school he picked up a guitar for the first time. Compton learned enough chords that he could put together a few badly written songs and has worked at the craft ever since. He has collaborated with a number of Canton artists over the years, releasing many diverse projects that can be found online or at the Arts on Broadway shop in Sugarcreek: A Ship at Sea’s “Awake, Awake,” The Brothers of Abriem Harp’s “Last Days,” Brother Joshua’s “Hilo” and “The Harp Family Hymnbook.”
Currently he is writing, singing and playing in the Canton rock band, Killbuck.
The Memorial Scholarship Fund and Recital was established following Annette’s tragic death at the age of 16 on March 17, 1996. A $500 scholarship is awarded at the recital to a high school senior who is a member of the Junior Fortnightly Music Club or a student of an OMTA teacher and has earned the most points for his/her musical activities, leadership and academic achievement. Funds raised from this year’s recital will be used for future scholarships.
The Junior Fortnightly Club, associated with the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, is comprised of 20 young musicians under the age of 19. The club meets once a month at the First Methodist Church in New Philadelphia under the advisement of the Tuscarawas County Senior Fortnightly Music Club and represents music teachers from all areas of the district. Sarah Robinson of New Philadelphia is the adult advisor for the Junior Fortnightly Music Club.
Teachers representing students in this year’s recital are Phyllis Ronald, Judy Schenker, Mary Sue Schlegel, Karen Stanfill and Susan Weaver on piano and Linda Senter on violin.
John (Sam) and Judy Harstine of Dover sponsor this scholarship and recital to honor the memory of their daughter Annette and to aid other young musicians to continue their education in whatever field they may choose.
A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the scholarship fund. Refreshments will be served in the church social hall following the recital.
Any additional donations can be sent to The Annette Kay Harstine Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of The First Federal Community Bank, P.O. Box 38, Dover, OH 44622. Checks should be made payable to The Annette Kay Harstine Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Published: March 13, 2018
New Article ID: 2018180309944