Southeastern's Community Music School names outstanding musicians


Wednesday, May 30, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

Michael Noble-Hodge Ellie Ridgell Ava Chatellier Kelsey Jones
Michael Noble-Hodge Ellie Ridgell Ava Chatellier Kelsey Jones

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School announced Michael Noble-Hodge, Kelsey Jones, Ava Chatellier and Ellie Ridgell as the Spring 2018 CMS Outstanding Musicians.
     The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final three spring
2018 recitals, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. Noble-Hodge won the vote for the Tuesday, May 8 recital, Jones had the highest number of votes from the recital on May 9, and Chatellier and Ridgell split the vote on the Friday, May 11 recital.
     “We congratulate our Spring 18 CMS Outstanding Musicians. We look forward to their showcase concert scheduled for Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Hammond branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library,” Duke said. “We have big hopes and dreams for our students, and we love to share their accomplishments with the community.”
     Noble-Hodge is a 17-year-old jazz pianist from Ponchatoula. He has been playing piano since the fifth grade and also plays the trombone and melodica. He has been a part of the Talented Music program for the past three years and is currently studying jazz. Under the Talented Music program, he has competed and received all superior scores at the Bill Evans Jazz Festival and the Loyola Jazz Festival. In addition to a nearly perfect score at Loyola Jazz Festival, Noble-Hodge was also awarded an Outstanding Soloist award at the competition.
     Ridgell lives in Denham Springs and is a fourth-grader at North Live Oak Elementary. She has been taking violin lessons at the Southeastern Community Music School for three years. Ridgell is also a chorale member in the Livingston Parish Children’s Choir. In addition to her love for music, she likes designing dresses and reading, Duke said. Ridgell loves all the animals she has on her farm - goats, chickens, ducks, and dogs - and enjoys eating fresh honey from her beehives.
     Chatellier is from Ponchatoula. She is home-schooled and currently in the fourth grade. She has been playing the piano for one and a half years and likes to play softball in the spring and volleyball in the fall. She has a love for all animals, Duke said.
     Jones is from Albany. She is homeschooled, and her favorite subject is math. Jones has been playing violin for two and a half years. She also enjoys playing the piano, drawing and exercising in her free time.
     “We are looking forward to the summer semester taking place from June 11 to July 26 and our summer programs taking place the last two weeks of June,” Duke added. “The Summer Band Camp, the Guitar and Orchestra workshops are still accepting registrations.”
     For more information about CMS summer programs and general registration, call 985-549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

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