CMS Honor Band, JDE Chamber Choir, AMS Brothers Perform in Prestigious National Music Festivals
The sound of music is filling the halls of Canutillo schools and taking students to higher notes on the national stage. May 28, the Canutillo Middle School Honor Band and the Jose Damian Elementary Chamber Choir each won the 1st Place Gold Award at the prestigious Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, CA.
The group of 45 CMS band members was also honored with the Spirit of Anaheim Award given to one group among elementary & secondary; band, choir, jazz bands, and orchestras whose conduct demonstrates professionalism, concert etiquette, best attire, and school pride.
“I’m really proud of all my students. We have worked really hard to earn this accomplishment and we finally did it,” CMS Honor Band Director Christian Rodriguez said. “This would not have been possible without the help and support of all the parents believing in and supporting their child’s music education.”
In audio comments given to the band, adjudicator Larry White, professor of music in percussion studies at UTEP said, “I’ve been a professor of music at UTEP for 36 years, and I have never heard Canutillo Middle sound this good! Great Job guys!”
The elite Jose Damian Elementary Chamber Choir, directed by Rocio Rodriguez, wife of the CMS director, Christian Rodriguez, won the 1st Place Gold Award for the second time at the festival in Anaheim. In five seasons, the JDE Choir has won many awards and special recognitions such as being recognized by State Representative Joseph Moody in 2013.
“Most of the JDE choir members move on to join choir or band in middle school, and pursue a career in music,” Rocio Rodriguez said.
In fact, two former JDE Choir members, twin brothers Myles and Elliot Lavis from Alderete Middle School will sing at the 2016 Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City June 25. Myles will perform as Second Alto and Elliot will perform as a Second Tenor at the 125th anniversary season at Carnegie Hall with the Honors Junior Choir.
The Lavis brothers auditioned this past fall for the Honors Performance Series at the recommendation Ms. Alejandra P. Martinez, their Alderete Middle School Choir Director. They both were accepted as finalists into this exclusive group of talented performers and will join other students from across North America and select international schools to study under the masters in New York City and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall, which should prove to be an enriching, rewarding and memorable experience.
“This is a dream come true!” Myles said. “I know that some people only dream about performing at Carnegie Hall. That is why I am so grateful to be given this amazing opportunity this summer!”
Elliot added, “It is such an honor to have been selected as a finalist and I look forward to meeting the other performers selected who share my passion for music and the arts. I know this will be a life changing experience for me, one that I will never forget!”
Canutillo ISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz emphasized the significance of fine arts education.
“We are very fortunate to have a great tradition of excellence in our fine arts programs here at Canutillo," Galaviz said. "These students are being honored for their accomplishments and these special experiences enhance their education.”
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