POCATELLO â€” Idaho State University student Shelby Rae Murdock recently placed second in the Young Adult Division at the National Oldtime Fiddlersâ€™ Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho. The Young Adult Division is for fiddlers aged 18-36.
â€śThis is the highest that I have ever placed at nationals before,â€ť Murdock said. â€śIt is hard balancing being a full-time student, teaching lessons full time, being married, and still finding time to practice fiddle and classical music for school on a daily basis. It felt great to see the motivation that I can still be successful and balance everything.â€ť
The competition, held in June, included four rounds of three songs. Murdock played various tunes including â€śFestival Waltz,â€ť â€śT&T Rag,â€ť â€śI Donâ€™t Love Nobodyâ€ť and â€śPortneuf Waltz,â€ť which she wrote.
Murdock is currently a senior studying music education and violin at ISU, and plays violin in the Idaho State-Civic Symphony. She has an album titled â€śLittle Redâ€ť available on iTunes. Murdock also teaches fiddle lessons to students in Blackfoot, Pocatello and nationwide using Skype.