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YOUNG SINGERS DEBUT AT SOUTHEASTERN’S CELEBRATION
OF LIGHTS – The Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School’s
Select Vocal Ensemble will make its campus debut on Nov. 29 at the “Celebration
of Lights,” scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Pottle Performance Circle. Ensemble
members are, from left, back, Meghan Wagner, Hammond; Sarah Bertrand, Bush;
Director Amy Prats; Kimberly Gordon, Hammond; Karlin Fitzmorris, Abita
Springs; middle, Cooley Patenotte, Hammond; Erin Long, Ponchatoula; Laura
Brooks, Hammond; Amanda Lucas, Albany; front, Katy Bertrand, Bush; Erin
Holloway, Hammond; Rebecca Olinde, Covington. Not pictured are Sarah Whittle,
Hammond; April Nelson, Covington; and Gabby Acosta, Ponchatoula.
SOUTHEASTERN'S NOV. 29 "CELEBRATION
OF LIGHTS" FEATURES CAMPUS DEBUT OF COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL SELECT VOCAL
HAMMOND – Holiday lights
go on at Southeastern Louisiana University on Tuesday, Nov. 29, to the
accompaniment of a choir of young voices making their campus debut.
The university’s annual
“Celebration of Lights,” scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Pottle Performance
Circle, will feature Southeastern’s Community Music School Select Vocal
Ensemble, made up of young singers from Tangipahoa, Livingston and St.
Before President Randy
Moffett ceremonially lights campus holiday decorations, the ensemble will
set the mood with seasonal music, said CMS Director Kenneth Boulton.
Conducted by Amy Prats,
choir director at Ponchatoula High School and a member of the CMS faculty,
the Select Vocal Ensemble gave its first performance in Covington on Nov.
22 as part of Southeastern’s Christwood Arts and Lectures Series at the
Christwood Retirement Community.
“The Select Vocal Ensemble
is part of an overall rejuvenated choir program at the CMS,” Boulton said.
He said members are selected by audition or special invitation.
“A vocal group like this
gives talented junior high and high school singers the chance to learn
about and experience singing in a subtle and intimate chamber music setting,
something that is not possible in a typically large school choir,” Boulton
said. “Diction, blend and tone production are emphasized to a much greater
degree - plus, a genuine sense of camaraderie develops among the students.”
The Select Vocal Ensemble
performs music from all eras and quality arrangements of folk music and
jazz. The ensemble plans several performances throughout the year on campus
and in the community.
Members are Sarah Whittle,
Kimberly Gordon, Meghan Wagner, Cooley Patenotte, Laura Brooks, and Erin
Holloway, all from Hammond; Gabby Acosta and Erin Long, Ponchatoula; Amanda
Lucas, Albany; Sarah Bertrand and Katy Bernard, Bush; Rebecca Olinde and
April Nelson, Covington; and Karlin Fitzmorris, Abita Springs.
In addition to the seasonal
sounds from the CMS ensemble, Celebration of Lights will also feature refreshments
as well as candy for youngsters, distributed by Southeastern’s lion mascot
Roomie – attired as “Roomie Claus” – Lionettes and cheerleaders.
“Admission” for this year’s
lighting festivities will be a voluntary donation to the Southeastern Hurricane
Relief Funds, which were recently established by the Southeastern Development
Foundation to provide financial support to members of the Southeastern
family affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Checks may be made payable
to the Southeastern Development Foundation.
Prior to the Celebration
of the Lights, the community is also invited to the Columbia Theatre for
the Performing Arts’ annual “tree-trimming party” from 3:30-5 p.m. in the
lobby of the downtown theater. The event will feature photos with Santa
Claus, ornament-making, refreshments, and entertainment by the Loranger
High School Choir.
The tree-trimming party
is sponsored by State Farm Insurance agent Alexis Ducorbier.
The Columbia’s holiday
tree has been decorated with ornaments crafted by local school children.
One of those students will be selected as a “guest conductor” of the Louisiana
Philharmonic Orchestra, which will present its annual holiday concert at
the Columbia Theatre on Dec. 2.
For additional information
about the Celebration of Lights, contact the Southeastern Public Information
Office, 985-549-2341. Information about the Community Music School, which
is currently registering students for the spring 2006 semester, is available
at www.selu.edu/cms or 985-549-5502.