Southeastern's Community Music School names Outstanding Musicians
Monday, July 1, 2019
by: Tonya Lowentritt
SOUTHEASTERN CMS NAMES OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS - Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School recently announced its Spring 2019 Outstanding Musicians. The musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final spring 2019 recitals. Pictured front row, from left, are Anton Feldbaum, Brennan Saenz, and Madeline Brown. Back row, from left, are Lily Anderson, Kelsey Jones, and Anna Johnson.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School announced
pianists Madeline Brown and Anton Feldbaum and violinists Lily Anderson, Anna Johnson,
Kelsey Jones and Brennan Saenz as its Spring 2019 CMS Outstanding Musicians.
The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final spring 2019 recitals.
“We congratulate our Spring 2019 CMS Outstanding Musicians. We are thrilled to share their accomplishments with our supportive and culturally unique community,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “We take pride in helping all of our students build bright musical futures and look forward to all of their future successes. Our fall 2019 semester is fast approaching, and we will offer orchestra and individual lessons on various instruments and voice. We are also very excited about the Southeastern Symphony Concert, when our CMS Concerto Competition winners will perform as soloists.”
Anderson lives in Hammond and attends Southeastern Laboratory School, where she just finished fourth grade. She has studied violin for one year and has been a ballerina for six years at Fellom Ballet. Anderson also plays on an all boys flag football team, is an honor student, and has recently become a Southeastern Lab School cheerleader.
A resident of Whitehall, Brown just completed third grade at Maurepas School. Next year she will attend St. Theresa Middle in Gonzales. She has been playing the piano for two years and, in her spare time, enjoys reading and playing golf.
Feldbaum lives in Denham Springs and will be a third grader at Oaks Montessori School in Hammond this fall. He has studied the piano for three and a half years. Feldbaum was one of the runners up in the CMS concerto competition in May. He loves to play laser tag and dodge ball, Duke said, and would enjoy video games, if his parents let him play any.
Johnson lives in Hammond and attends Hammond Eastside Magnet School, where she will be entering fifth grade this fall. She has studied violin for four years. In 2018, Johnson was one of the winners in the CMS Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra in November. She is an honor roll student and participates in Hammond Eastside’s musical theatre group, The Company. She is a student in the Tangipahoa Talented Music Program and was selected to perform at the International Baccalaureate Global Conference in July.
A resident of Albany, Jones is home schooled and has just completed the eighth grade. She has been playing the violin for three years and also plays the piano. In May, she was chosen as one of the winners of the CMS Concerto Competition and will perform as a soloist with the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra this fall. Jones was also invited to audition for the Southeastern Symphony in August and hopes to become the orchestra’s youngest member. When she is not practicing violin and piano, she loves to read, journal, run, and play music with friends.
Saenz is from Mandeville. He is 11 years old and will be a sixth grade student at Lake Harbor Middle School this fall. He has played violin for five years, piano for three years, and he recently started playing trumpet for his middle school band. He and his sister Alana are this year’s winners of the concerto competition at the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra for the Sinfonia Division. They performed as soloists with the GNOYO in March and were invited to play at the 2019 New Orleans French Quarter Festival. The siblings are also among the winners for the CMS Concerto Competition and will perform as soloists with the Southeastern Symphony orchestra this fall.
For more information about CMS programs and general registration, call 985-549-5502, or visit the CMS website at www.southeastern.edu/cms.