Lower and Middle School Students Earn Music Accolades

Lower and Middle School Students Earn Music Accolades
St. Martin’s students were lauded for their performances at the Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) Solo and Ensemble festival on April 5.

The Lower School Handbell Ensemble, under the direction of Music Teacher Peggy Fransen, received a 1-Superior, the highest rating possible. Members of the ensemble are Sawyer Adrience, Emerson Arensman, Ashley Gaspard, Patrick LaForge, Isabel Lovera, Seth Mayeux, Anisha Mitra, Cooper Odom, Violet Porche, Arthur Schott, Molly Stewart, Kaitlyn Tillery, Ian Todd and Reilly Velasquez.

Band Students also received the highest possible rating under the direction ofBand Teacher Matt Murray. The Lower and Middle School bands both received a rating of 1-Superior.

The Lower School Band members are Cole Angerer, Tristen Bartholomew, Manny Bejaran, Miles Chancellor, Chandler Chatagnier, Lenny Cline, Jack Collins, Carter Corsetti, Angelo Fassbender, Daniel Fink, Jack Flanagan, Dominic Hogan, Erin Johnson, Ethan Kann, Shep Kirchner, Kate Knight, Cole Lacoste, Cole LaCoste, Tucker Manning, Namratha Meka, Bennett Nettles, Andrew Perdomo, Carter Rigney, Carter Scheuermann, Bradford Slim, Will Sossaman, Jadon Troyer, Eamon Velasquez, and Anthony Zheng.

Middle School Band members are Luke Alvendia, Isabella Bartholomew, Clara Conatser, James Garvey, Justin Hall, Bohden Huwe, Ryan Johnson, Peyton Miller, Conner Nicoladis, Ricky Pickens, Kiley Salge, William Salvaggio, Colin Saucier, August Schmedtje, Elliot Schmedtje, Caroline Spiers, Samantha Thompson, and Andy Zhou.
Additionally several students gave highly-rated solo performances. Performances are rated on a scale of one through five; 1-Superior, 2-Excellent, 3-Good, 4-Fair, 5-Poor.

Clara Conatser     1+
Jack Collins      1
Bohden Huwe   1
Caroline Spiers    1
Carter Rigney    1
Ethan Kann     1
Cole Angerer      1-
Carter Scheuermann1-
Angelo Fassbender  1-
Jadon Troyer      1-
Ricky Pickens1-
Conner Nicoladis  1-
Manny Bejaran    1-
Bennett Nettles     2
Kate Knight        2
Samantha Thompson2
Isabella Bartholomew2
Angerer, Corsetti, Scheuermann Trio  2

Students will give encore performances of many of these pieces at the St. Martin’s Performing Arts Department Spring Concert Tuesday, May 2, in the school’s Dan and Frances White Chapel.

Throughout the year the StM Performing Arts Department has received accolades. Most recently, the choir participated in the large ensemble festival with high marks. StM students received superior ratings at the LMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival for choirs.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 and two students were selected for the LMEA District VI Honor Choir.

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