Southeastern's Community Music School names outstanding musicians

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 CMS Outstanding Musicians
by: Tonya Lowentritt

SOUTHEASTERN CMS NAMES OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS - Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School recently announced its Fall 2017 Outstanding Musicians. The musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final fall 2017 recitals. Front row, from left are Anna Johnson and Anton Feldbaum. Back row, from left, are Luke Erdey and Umika Kuroda.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School announced Luke Erdey, Anton Feldbaum, Anna Johnson, and Umika Kuroda as the Fall 2017 CMS Outstanding Musicians.
     The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final fall 2017 recitals.
     “We congratulate our Fall 17 CMS Outstanding Musicians, as well as the other young musicians who performed beautifully at the recitals,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “We are excited to share our students’ accomplishments with the community as we have big hopes and dreams for all of them.”
     Erdey lives in Hungarian Settlement, located between Albany and Springfield. He is an eighth grade student at Albany Middle School and has studied piano for six and a half years. He has also played the trombone since fifth grade. In addition to his piano studies this fall, Erdey performed with the Albany Middle School Band and the Albany High School Band. The Albany High School Band marched in the Albany Christmas Parade and recently played on stage at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World.  
     Feldbaum is from Denham Springs. He is a first grade student at Tangi Academy. He started playing the piano at the age of five and has already shown a notable artistic talent, Duke said. When he is not practicing piano or doing school work, he enjoys learning Russian. When he grows up, Feldbaum wants to be a doctor.
     Johnson is from Hammond and is a third grade student at Hammond Eastside Magnet School. She has played the violin for three years. She is an honor roll student and a member of “The Company” at Hammond Eastside. She also participates in the Tangipahoa Parish School System’s Talented Music Program and attends Fellom Ballet.
     Kuroda lives in Mandeville and attends Mandeville High School. She has been playing the violin for nine and a half years and has won awards in a number of competitions, including the GNOYO Concerto competition in New Orleans and the String Rally in Baton Rouge. She has also performed as a soloist with Southeastern’s Chamber Orchestra and with the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra. Last fall she was a guest on the KSLU radio show “Point of View” along with Duke, her violin teacher. Outside of her music studies Kuroda enjoys drawing and computer science.
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