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UIS professor wins old-time fiddle championship

September 8, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Sharon Graf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, won the Illinois State Old-Time Fiddle Championship held Sunday, September 5, at Rockhome Gardens near Arcola.

About 30 contestants competed in three divisions: Senior (for contestants over 70), Junior (for contestants 18 and younger), and Open (championship).

In 2003, Graf took third prize in the statewide competition after losing a tie-breaker for second place to David Smith of Aurora. This year, Graf and Smith tied again, this time for first place, and Graf won.

A member of UIS’ Sociology/Anthropology program faculty since 2001, Graf directs co-curricular music activities on campus. She also serves as president of the National Old-Time Fiddlers Association.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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