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Students Selected for District Honor Choir

Students Selected for District Honor Choir
Two St. Martin’s students, freshman Andrew Gary and his brother, fifth grader Zachary, were recently selected for the Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) District VI Honor Choir.

The students worked in groups with guest clinicians over the weekend of Feb. 3-5. On Sunday, Feb. 5, the honor choirs performed at Loyola University's Roussel Hall. Andrew was part of the Senior High Mixed Honor Choir, while Zachary was a member of the Youth Honor Choir.

The youth honor choir performed five pieces: “Come, Ye Sons of Art” by Henry Purcell, “I Had A Paint Box” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Gems from J.M. Barrie” by Andrea Ramsey, “The Deaf Old Woman” by Katherine K. Davis, and “Goin’ Up Yonder” by Walter Hawkins. Christy Elsner, founder and artistic director of the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, served as conductor.

The senior high mixed honor choir also performed five pieces. “Cantate Domino” by Mark Hayes, “Fight Song” by Kim Andre Arnesen, “Jubilate Deo” by Manolo Da Rold, “The Lake Isle” by Ola Gjeilo, and “True Light” by Keith Hampton were the selections for the older group. Dr. Alissa Rowe, associate professor and director of choral activities at Southeastern Louisiana University, served as conductor.

Andrew and Zachary join other St. Martin's students who have received recognition for their musical talents this year. Several students were selected for the Louisiana American Choral Directors Association All State Choir this fall. Two middle school students were named to the LMEA District VI Honor Bands

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