Southeastern's Community Music School student wins concerto competition


Thursday, January 20, 2022 Julianne Jiles
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School violin student Julianne Jiles won the Philharmonia division of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra concerto competition held Jan. 9 in New Orleans. Jiles, along with the winners from the other divisions, will perform as a soloist with the GNOYO this spring.
     Jiles is from Madisonville and a sixth grader at Tchefuncte Middle School. She is in the academically gifted, talented music and talented art programs in the St. Tammany Parish School System. She started playing the violin in first grade and, in 2021, was among the winners of the Southeastern CMS Concerto Competition. She also performed as a soloist with the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra in the Shining Stars concert in November.
     “We at CMS are very happy and proud of Julianne’s success and wish her many more successes to come,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “As her violin teacher, I can say that she is a gifted violinist who sometimes struggles to find time to practice because she is involved in so many artistic activities. However, these last few months, she really stepped up her game, and I am very happy that her hard work paid off.”
     “I am very grateful and thankful for this wonderful opportunity,” Jiles said, “and I give all the glory to God for the gifts he has bestowed upon me.”
     The Community Music School spring 2022 semester begins the week of Jan. 24. The 13-week spring semester will offer individual lessons on various instruments and voice to students of all ages at the three CMS campuses at Southeastern in Hammond, the Southeastern Livingston Center in Walker and Northshore Technical Community College in Lacombe.
     For information about all CMS programs and general registration, call 985-549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

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