Southeastern Community Music School selects 2016 Outstanding Musicians

Friday, December 16, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

1) Matthew Braselman2) Makaylah Herring3) Katie Miranda

        Braselman             Herring               Miranda

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School recently announced its fall 2016 CMS Outstanding Musicians, Matthew Braselman, Makaylah Herring and Katie Miranda.
     The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by the votes of the audience during the three fall 2016 final recitals.
     “We congratulate our fall 2016 CMS Outstanding Musicians as well as the other 40 young musicians who performed beautifully at the recitals,” said CMS Director Jivka Duke. “We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments and applaud their talent as well as their hard work and dedication. We look forward to early spring when we will hold our annual Spring Festival, yet another competitive event where the students with the highest scores will receive medals and pins. We are excited about our Strings Orchestra, which will continue to perform at various locations throughout the community.”
     Braselman, a bassoon student of Professor Emeritus Jerry Voorhees, won the audience vote during the Dec. 6 recital. Herring, a violin student of Duke and a voice student of Associate Professor of Voice Joy Ratliff, won the vote at the Thursday, Dec. 8 recital; and Miranda, a piano student of Staff Accompanist Irina Cunev and a bassoon student of Voorhees, won the audience vote at the Friday, Dec. 9 recital.
     From Mandeville, Braselman attends Fountainebleau High School. Duke said he is an excellent saxophone player and is an active musician with the Fountainebleau High School Jazz Band and Wind Symphony. He has been a member of the All State Orchestra, All State Jazz Band, District IX Jazz Band and District IX Honor Band for several years in a row.
     Herring is from Holden and attends Holden High School. She has studied the violin for 11 years and also plays guitar, mandolin and banjo. She is a singer, songwriter and has an album of original songs on iTunes.  
     Miranda lives in Hammond and attends Albany High School. She has been playing piano for seven years and the bassoon for a more than a year. She also enjoys photography, drawing, and acting.
     The Community Music School will begin its spring 2017 session on Jan. 23, and registration has already begun. Deadline to register without adding a $20 registration fee is Jan. 13; however, registration will remain open throughout the semester.
     Duke said that scholarships funded by First Guaranty Bank will once again allow the CMS to offer discounted tuition to students who are on reduced of free lunch at their schools in the spring.
Students of all ages may participate in private lessons on various instruments and voice.     Opportunities for group instruction and ensemble formation are also available.
     For more information about these and all CMS programs and general registration, call 985-549-5502 or visit the CMS website at

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