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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 4/28/05
Alison MillerAshley JohansenIsabella RossiMadeline HillLia KepnerErik FabacherClick on image for publication quality photo 
From left, Alison Miller, Ashley Johansen, Isabella Rossi, Madeline Hill, Lia Kepner and Erik Fabacher

       HAMMOND – Six “little stars” of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School will shine in a special concert May 9.
       “Little Stars,” scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, will feature Eric Fabacher of New Orleans, Lia Kepner and Isabella Rossie of Covington, Madeline Hill and Alison Miller of Mandeville, and Ashley Johansen of Madisonville. 
       The six young violinists will share the stage with the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Yakov Voldman, and the Community Music School String Ensemble, directed by Jivka Jeleva. Voldman is director of the Music and Dramatic Arts Department string program, while Jeleva, a Southeastern graduate, teaches CMS string students at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center and on the university’s main campus.
        Jeleva described the soloists as “the most advanced” of the CMS’s young violinists. The concert, she said, “is the opportunity for them to be rewarded for their work.”
        She said Fabacher will perform a solo work with piano, while Kepner, Rossie and Miller will play with the Southeastern Camber Orchestra. Johansen will perform a concerto with the CMS String Ensemble.
        Founded in 1996, Southeastern’s Community Music School offers children and adults private and group music lessons taught by Southeastern faculty members, graduate students and community professionals. Director Kenneth Boulton said approximately 200 children and adults are currently registered. 
       Boulton said CMS will add piano and voice lessons at the Southeastern St. Tammany Center this fall. “This supplements an already burgeoning violin and guitar program there,” he said. He said additional instruments will be offered as requested.
        For additional information and summer registration forms, visit or contact CMS at 985-549-5502.