Dee Dannewitz Wallace KG4VMI came to Virginia from a southeastern Nebraska farming community. She spent her early years being mentored in business, and obtained sponsorship for much traveling in education, for 4-H, and mission trips with the church & others. She received great education at LIFE Bible College and Virginia Tech, and has background in finance, accounting, sales and management. She has always enjoyed spending time outdoors and working with various community groups. After college, Dee moved to Floyd with her son, Christian, to get back to “farm living” and for a closer association with David and Gaynell and LCF Group activities.
In 2007, Dee married her long-time friend, Greg Wallace, who is a native of Floyd County, Virginia. They have their home at “Oak Hill Farm” in Floyd, where they spend free time watching the wildlife and grass grow, and sharpen their artistic and culinary skills. Greg photographs many of the historical buildings and breathtaking sceneries throughout the County.
Article which appeared in The Floyd Press
December 2, 2010
By Wanda Combs-Editor
A two-week classical music festival-the National Music Festival http://www.nationalmusic.us/-is set for its debut in Floyd in spring 2011.
The event, to be held May 29 through June 11, will be a training festival for college and graduate level musicians (known as apprentices) and will offer over 20 performances, some free and others with ticket prices of $10 and $15, and over 250 open rehearsals.
Organizers are orchestra conductor Richard Rosenberg and his fiancee Caitlin Patton, who have relocated to
Rosenberg, who had lived in
For the first year of the festival, 70-75 students and 22 mentors are expected, Patton commented. “In future years it will be closer to 100 students.”
The couple is now trying to figure out venues for the festival. Possibilities are churches, the local high school, the Floyd Country Store, Dogtown Roadhouse, and others. “All of the rehearsals are free and open to the public. We hope most of those will be downtown where people can walk by and see the musicians rehearing,” Patton said.
The participating students, who will come from all over the world, will be chosen through a competitive application process, which also includes a submitted recording. “We will be housing musicians in private homes, and we are actively seeking people who would like to house musicians for two weeks,” Patton commented. “I think it is a rewarding experience for the musicians and the people who open their homes to them.
Some housing for students has already been found.
All of the students attend on a full scholarship and with their housing provided only face expense of meals, Patton said. “All they have to do is get here and feed themselves, which makes it easy for them to attend and learn their craft.”
At the festival, the musicians will have the opportunity to play every kind of music to which they will be exposed in their careers.
The schedule of music (available for viewing online at www.nationalmusic.us) includes about four orchestral concerts, a number of chamber music concerts, and one musical theatre work with a wide of variety of composers represented.
Rosenberg, who recorded the yearly festivals in
National Public Radio also broadcasts music from
The festival will have and international flavor,
Rosenberg who lived here about 30 years ago, had thought about doing a festival in
Patton serves as executive director of the festival, and she and Rosenberg are the year round staff at this point. Half of the mentors needed for 2011 are already contracted, she said.
The couple is renting a home in Willis, but they will be moving in February to a 30-acre farm, where Patton can enjoy another passion-her horses.