Brother-sister duo wins competition

Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School students Brennan and Alana Saenz of Mandeville won the Sinfonia Division of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) concerto competition recently in New Orleans. The dynamic duo will perform with the GNOYO in a concert scheduled March 24 at Loyola University in Roussel Hall.

Two Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School violin students recently won the Sinfonia Division of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) concerto competition.

Ten-year-old Brennan Saenz and his 8-year-old sister Alana Saenz, both of Mandeville, won the competition held recently in New Orleans and have been granted a performance with the GNOYO on March 24.

“We at CMS are very happy and proud of our students’ success, and we wish them many more successes to come,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “As their violin teacher, I can say that both Alana and Brennan are very dedicated to their violin studies, and their performances are always characterized by an exceptional level of musical maturity despite their young ages.

“Both of them are a joy to teach, and I can’t wait to start working toward their next musical endeavor.”

Brennan is a student at Lake Harbor Middle School and has played the violin for four years, piano for two years, and recently started playing trumpet for his middle school band. He is part of the St. Tammany Parish Talented Music program.

Alana attends Magnolia Trace Elementary School. A straight-A student, she has played violin for three years, piano for two years, and is a member of the third grade choir at her school.

The GNOYO concert will be held at Loyola University at Roussel Hall at 3 p.m. For tickets call 504-865-2074 or email

For more information about CMS, call (985) 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at


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