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Southeastern's Community Music School names outstanding musicians

 

Thursday, December 19, 2019 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

Natalie FulksSOUTHEASTERN CMS NAMES PIANIST AS OUTSTANDING MUSICIAN - Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School recently announced its Fall 2019 Outstanding Musicians. Pianist Natalie Fulks was chosen by audience votes during the final fall 2019 recitals.

 

Brennan SaenzSOUTHEASTERN CMS NAMES VIOLONIST AS OUTSTANDING MUSICIAN - Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School recently announced violinist Brennan Saenz as one of its Fall 2019 Outstanding Musicians. Saenz is also one of the 2019 winners of the Southeastern Community Music School’s Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Southeastern Symphony in October.


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School announced pianist Natalie Fulks and violinist Brennan Saenz as its Fall 2019 CMS Outstanding Musicians. The first and second runner up winners are violinists Kelsey Jones, Alana Saenz and Lily Anderson.
     The Outstanding Musicians and runner up winners were chosen by the votes of the audience in the fall 2019 final recitals.
     “We congratulate our Fall 2019 CMS Outstanding Musicians, as well as the first and second runner up winners. Their talent and accomplishments are nothing short of impressive. They show a commitment to their art that is truly admirable especially for students their age,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “We are also very grateful for a wonderful roster of experienced and dedicated instructors who do an amazing job nurturing and growing all of our students’ musical gifts.”
     Duke said she looks forward to an exciting spring 2020 semester when CMS will continue to offer individual lessons on various instruments and voice and will also host the annual Spring Festival and Concerto Competition.
     Fulks lives in Albany. She is eight years old and a fourth-grade gifted student at University View Academy, a virtual school. She began taking piano lessons in June of 2018. When she is not learning or playing the piano, she enjoys competitive gymnastics, reading, learning about science, and spending time with her family.
     Saenz is from Mandeville. He is 11 years old, and is a sixth grade student at Lake Harbor Middle School. He has played violin for five years, piano for three years, and he recently started playing saxophone for his middle school band. Saenz and his younger sister Alana are this year’s winners of the concerto competition at the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra for the Sinfonia Division. They performed as soloists with GNOYO in March and were invited to play at the 2019 New Orleans French Quarter Festival in July. He is also one of the 2019 winners of the Southeastern Community Music School’s Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Southeastern Symphony in October. He loves all kinds of music, and enjoys being a part of the St. Tammany Parish Talented Music Program.
     For more information about CMS programs and general registration, call 985-549-5502, or visit the CMS website at www.southeastern.edu/cms.




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