CMS student wins GNOYO Concerto Competition

Contact: Tonya LowentrittUmika Kuroda
Date: February 28, 2013


     HAMMOND – A Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School student has won the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) contest.
     Ten-year-old violinist Umika Kuroda of Mandeville won the competition held in New Orleans and will be rewarded with a solo performance with the GNOYO on March 24.
     A student at Pontchartrain Elementary School, Kuroda has studied violin for four years under the direction of Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva.
     "Umika is one of the most talented and self motivated students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. For such a young violinist, she possesses a remarkable discipline in her practice routine and a great desire to succeed," Jeleva said. "We at the Community Music School are very proud of her accomplishments."
     The GNOYO concert will be held at Loyola University at Roussel Hall at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 VIP; $15 adults; $5 students; and free for those five and under. For tickets call 504-865-2074 or email
     For more information about the CMS, call (985) 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at




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