Southeastern to present ‘Shining Stars’ concert

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: November 20, 2012

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Community Music School will present the Shining Stars concert on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Admission is free.

     The concert will feature the Community Music School students who are recipients of the First Guaranty Bank scholarship. The soloists will be accompanied by Southeastern's graduate string trio and Liliia Oliinyk, an award winning pianist and a senior piano major at Southeastern.

     "This is the second consecutive year that First Guaranty Bank has sponsored the Community Music School," said Jivka Jeleva, director of the Community Music School. "Their support has given us the opportunity to award the talent and dedication of our students and to offer music instruction to students who may not otherwise be able to afford it. The young musicians who are featured in this concert pour their hearts and souls into their music daily and deserve every encouragement to continue pursuing excellence in their endeavor."

     Students participating in this concert include Meredith Faulkner, bassoon; Ashley Johansen, violin; Rachael Knaps, voice; Umika Kuroda, violin; Elise Strain, violin; Griffin Wiemelt, violin; and Riley Wiemelt, violin.

     Founded in 1996, Southeastern's Community Music School offers children and adults private and group music lessons taught by Southeastern faculty members, graduate students and community professionals. Spring 2013 registration is underway. Lessons begin on Jan. 28, 2013.

     For more information, visit or call (985) 549-5502.

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