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Urika Kuroda

CMS student wins GNOYO concerto competition

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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     HAMMOND – A Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School student has won the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) contest. 
     Eight year-old violinist Umika Kuroda of Mandeville won the competition in New Orleans and will be rewarded with a solo performance with the GNOYO on March 27.
     A student at Pontchartrain Elementary School, Kuroda has studied violin for two years under the direction of Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva. 
     “As the director of the Community Music School, I am very proud to see that the talent produced by our program is being recognized,” Jeleva said. “As Umika’s violin teacher, I can say that for a student of her young age, she possesses a remarkable desire to succeed and is one of the most self-motivated students I have ever had. I am encouraged and gratified to see her effort and mine rewarded.”
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