CMS student wins GNOYO Concerto Competition

Friday, January 15, 2016 Umika Kuroda
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – A Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School student has won the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) contest.
     Thirteen-year-old violinist Umika Kuroda of Mandeville won the competition held at Loyola University in New Orleans on Jan. 10. She will be rewarded with a solo performance with the GNOYO on March 20 at Loyola University.
     A student at Mandeville Junior High School, Kuroda has studied violin for seven years under the direction of Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
     “As Umika's violin teacher, I am overjoyed with her success,” Duke said. “She is a very talented young musician who approaches her violin studies with a remarkable maturity. I could not be happier that her hard work is rewarded. She deserves to win.”
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