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13 Morgan Musicians Headed to Regional Concert

Published 12/04/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 12/03/2013 04:55 PM

By Karena Garrity
Harbor News

The number 13 is often considered lucky, but for these 13, it's practice, not luck, they have to thank.

Morgan School music teacher John Lampe is very pleased with his 13 chorale students who have made it to the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA), Southern Connecticut Regional Concert, which will be held on Jan. 11 at the Maloney School in Meriden.

"I am thrilled that so many students have been accepted this year. Their hard work and tenacity has certainly paid off," said Lampe. "Usually we average five to six students a year who are part of this annual festival. This is the largest [number] of students accepted from The Morgan School in my 30 years of teaching."

The students who are part of this prestigious music event are sopranos Amanda Lucas (senior), Emily Thibodeau (senior), and Karla Rivadeneira (freshman); altos Isabella Sicignano (senior), Shannon Dobney (senior), and Claudia Neddermann (freshman); tenors Matthew Egan (senior), Charlie Bencivengo (junior), and Andrew Tessman (sophomore); and basses Andrew Tran (junior), Jaxson Cooper (junior), Joseph Luchuk (junior), and Seth Warner (sophomore).

These 13 students went through a rigorous audition process at Foran High School in Milford. Each prepared an Italian art song to perform and was tested on singing scales and sight singing. They competed against high school students from all over the southern region of the state. Proving their musical prowess, these students will now have the honor of performing as part of the annual concert, which includes a laborious five-hour practice on Friday, Jan. 10, the night before the performance.

"Students accepted for the festival are now given the chance to compete in the CMEA All State festival in February. At this audition, they compete among high school students from the entire state," Lampe explained. "In the past, our numbers have usually been two to four students accepted for the festival. Who knows? Maybe it will be a little higher this year."

The Connecticut Music Educators Association promotes and recognizes effective music education and promotes quality learning opportunities for all Connecticut students. The Southern Regional Concert will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at Maloney High School, 121 Gravel Street, Meriden. Tickets, $7, can be purchased at the door.

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