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CHS Voices Student Wins First Place

Sophia Lucurto, CHS Voices senior, places first in the Donald W. Wood, Sr. Vocal Competition

Chalmette High School Senior Wins Prestigious Competition

Each year, students of mine and Arianna's participate in the Donald W. Wood, Sr. Vocal Competition. It is a wonderful way to inspire students to broaden their knowledge of repertoire and improve their classical vocal technique, which will empower them in whichever vocal music direction they wish to go.

Students collaborate and grow

Students work with Arianna and I as we coach their vocal and interpretive technique. They collaborate with our colleague and pianist Tommy Zanca and various visiting guest artists who lead guest coaching sessions and master classes. Additionally, they work together with each other as well, supporting one another through the rigorous preparation necessary to perform and compete at this level and providing insightful glows and grows to aid one another in achieving their goals. Students are enriched in many ways, and their community of artistic collaborators is expanded.

Regardless of the end result, it is a wonderful experience for all involved, and it is a wonderful step in moving students ahead in their college preparation journey. We are very grateful to Debby Hirsch Wood for her vision to create and patronize this scholarship competition.

The competition is open to all Louisiana high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors and is a collaboration between the New Orleans Opera Association, Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts, Tulane University Department of Music, and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

Sophia competed against student performers from across the state and when the judge’s scores were tallied, Sophia was named as the overall winner.

We are grateful our students have this opportunity

We are grateful our students have this opportunity each year to compete in this event which promotes artistic excellence, provides financial support to young vocalists, and encourages young singers in vocal music.

We are excited for Sophia and her first place win this year!

She is one of so many wonderful and talented students who represent CHS Voices and The Performing Arts Academy.

She is one of so many wonderful and talented students who represent CHS Voices and The Performing Arts Academy. In this, not only is Sophia being recognized, but she is acting as an ambassador for our school and community and opening new doors for generations of performers who will follow after her.

We celebrate this #ArtsStrong student artist and know that she will do great things as she pursues all of her #CHSCourageousDreams


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My name is Annelise, and I am an arts educator right outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. I have the pleasure to be a part of an incredible family of educator artists, and day by day, we share that sense of family and unity with the students we teach. I invite you to join with me and my sister as we share our journey as two sisters with a passion for creating art opportunities for the next generation.

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