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National Twin Fiddle Champions: Alina Geslison & Grace Dayton at TEDxBYU

Alina and Grace are the current national twin fiddling champions. Their TEDxBYU performance consists of songs that they have arranged and have competed with. The first tune, Bill's Breakdown, was written by Alina's 6th grade teacher Bill Sprunger, with added harmony and arrangement by Geslison and Dayton. Come Thou Fount is a favorite hymn of the two fiddlers and the last piece was originally written by Alina's father Mark Geslison. Geslison and Dayton again added harmony and arrangement and call it Highway Hornpipe.Alina Geslison is a native of Provo, Utah. Geslison graduated from Timpview High School and is now a junior at BYU. Geslison plays fiddle, bass, and mandolin. She has won several state fiddle championships in Utah and is the current young adult and grand champion state fiddler.Grace Dayton is a senior at Timpview High School. She has been playing classical violin since the age of three and started fiddling at nine years old. Dayton is the current junior state fiddle champion. At the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho, Dayton has also won best female entertainer twice, fanciest female fiddler, and best costumed fiddler with Geslison.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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