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LBJ Choir "superior" at UNM competition

The LBJ Choir turned in an outstanding performance at the District VII Choral Music Assessment Festival March 16 at UNM.  The group, under the expert direction of Judith Castro, earned an overall score of 90 and a superior rating, receiving better marks than even some of the high school choirs performing at the event.


"I am extremely proud of their performance," said Castro, now in her fourth year at the helm of the LBJ Choir.  "When I was conducting, I couldn't help but smile because it was the best I had heard them sing all three songs. Although no performance is ever perfect, they had enthusiasm and sang from their hearts, which is all I ask for.


"Although this wasn't our first performance in a concert hall, we had to perform in a brand new space in front of an audience and judges," Castro continued.  "Some students were a little nervous, but overall they performed well."


Besides the added pressure of competition, the choir had to sing in different languages.


"We performed three songs: "Jentends le Moulin," a French folk song about a windmill, "By the Waters," a Hebrew folk song, and "Tongo," a Polynesian canoe song," Castro explained. "We started learning these songs in January when we returned from winter Break. We had about eight weeks to learn and memorize each song. French is a difficult language because of all the different sounds.


"Another challenge was combining three classes into one group," Castro added, "so we had several after-school practices in order to prepare for our performance in front of the judges."


Castro still has bigger plans for the choir, even as the group savors this accomplishment.


"My goal is always to increase the size of the choir," she said. "The more voices we have, the more interesting and exciting songs we can learn.  For the rest of this year, the choir will be performing a Disney/Broadway show on May 11, and we want to put on a fun and exciting performance."


Here is a list of choir members:


6th grade 
Aragon, Monet J. 
Archuleta, Arianna 
Arguelles, Mikayla M.
Argueta, Alexa A. 
Calva, Eom Jie G. 
Corse, Anneliese 
Davenport, Nicholas 
Foyt-Gade, Emma R. 
Garcia, Jenna E.
Gonzales, Klarissa D. 
Herrera, Marisol A.
Ivnitski, Lilly A. 
Johns, Christopher K. 
Koronkiewicz, Frank 
Lalacita, Angel M. 
Levandowski, Zoe C. 
Lucero, Alexa M. 
Nix, Mihika  
Perea, Madison R. 
Prestage, Jade M. 
Quintana, Breana J. 
Ramirez, Allie M. 
Santos, Sophia E. 
Suarez, Addyson T
Ulibarri, Angelina 
Velasquez, Heaven L.
7th grade
Barnes, Kyle C.
Bali, Gid-Mareesh 
Candelaria, Daniel O.
Carranza, Deanna M. 
Chavez, Renee C. 
Corlew, Cassandra R. 
Damon, Eryss 
Escobar, Cheyenne B.
Frias, Eliana M. 
Gutierrez, Alyssa P. 
Lord Ramos, Leea 
Martinez, Angelique 
Padilla, Raylyn L. 
Pitz, Elisa M. 
Rodriguez, Analee 
Romero, Adryana R. 
Sanchez Jr, Michael C. 
Sanchez-Asbury, Deeanna R
Sandoval, Jenna M. 
Stamper, Emma E. 
Trinkaus, Kailey B. 
Vasquez, Aris A. 
Vigil, Ariel 
8th grade 
Bowman, Tianna M.
Briceno, Hailey 
Carter, Nicolette D.
Catanach, Jessana M. 
D'Elia, Leanness S. 
Gonzalez, Gabriel C.
Herron, Tiffany A. 
Martin, Sydney M. 
Mitchell, Kendall R. 
Montoya, Isabella R. 
Romero, Alexis C. 
Winchell, Diandra I.






Posted by: Charles Kappus Published:4/11/17
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