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SM Middle Community School Awards

Sandy Baron Congratulations to Mr. Alex Gonzalez and the SMMCS Band Program. On Friday, April 9th, the SMMCS Band competed at the Fiesta-val Music Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. The Band was awarded “Grand Champions” with first place in Jazz and Concert Music.

Outstanding soloists in Concert were awarded to: Kyle Davison, for Baritone on “Amazing Grace” and Eric Gonzalez, for Trumpet on “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Outstanding Soloists in Jazz were awarded to: Eric Gonzalez, for Flugel horn on “My Funny Valentine,” Oliver Jordan, for Guitar on “Sugar” and Franchesca Romero, for Piano on “Song for My Father.” Congratulations to Mr. Alex Gonzalez and the SMMCS Band Students who attended The Florida Bandmasters Association competition, February 19th. The band had its best showing to date and received the following awards: Ensemble Superior Ratings were awarded to: Jazz Band.

Solo Superior Ratings were awarded to: Daniel Bonce – Clarinet, Erika Lopez – Flute, Francesca Romero – Piano, Francesca Romero – Mallet and Sandra Taylor – Bassoon.

Trio Superior Ratings – Krysten Brenilla, Sydney Campagna and Erika Lopez Solo Excellent Ratings – Jesse Abella – Clarinet, Trevar Brown – Alto Sax and Bela Delgado – Oboe. Congratulations to Dr. Denning and the SMMCS Chorus. On April 30th they participated in the Florida Vocal Association (FVA) Music Performance Assessment. The students received three Superior Ratings and one Superior +++, which is highly unusual.

The students received Superiors in both Performance and Sight-reading.

Judges comments: “Powerful,” “Fantastic,” “Exciting sound and outstanding voices,” “Dynamic Singing,” “Really Grasped the heart of choral music,” “Are you sure you don’t have high school students in there?,” “7 Parts at the end?!!!”

Congratulations to Dr. Denning and the following Chorus members for receiving awards in the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Competition Vocal Division: Vocal Solo – 1st Prize Blue Ribbon – Markcus Blair, Ryan Caraballo, Audrey Garcia, Melanie Garcia, Stephanie Jiron, Shahara Masri, Vanessa Moya, Emily Pastrana, Nelson Rodriguez. Vocal Solo – 2nd Place Red Ribbon – Emily Pastrana.

Vocal Duet – 1st Price Blue Ribbon – Stephanie Gallardo and Michael Rodriguez. Special Awards – Solo – Marckus Blair, Audrey Garcia, Melalnie Garcia, Stephanie Jiron and Shahara Masri.

Special Awards – Duet – Stephanie Gallardo and Michael Rodriguez. Congratulations to Dr. Alan Denning and the SMMCS Chorus on another outstanding showing at yet another choral competition. Florida Federated is the only state level vocal competition for middle school. These students participated at the Regional Level last weekend. All the students who receive a superior rating are invited to participate at the state competition in Jacksonville, at the end of April. SMMCS will have the most students participating at the middle school level.

Florida Federated Music Clubs Regional Evaluations: Art Song Solo – Superior Ratings:

Sashyel Altman, Michelle Benavides, Markcus Blair, Ryan Caraballo, Sofia Carrillo, Chelsea Cosio, Andrea Dopico, Kathleen Dostaler, Natalia Durr, Norhan Elbermawy, Carolina Formoso, Stephanie Gallardo, Alexandra Garcia, Audrey Garcia, Melanie Garcia, Melanie Gomez, Danielle Gonzalez-Queve, Melissa Herran, Nicole Herrera, Emma Holsvik-Garcia, Stephanie Jiron, Pablo Laucerica, Christina Leonard, Sidney Lezcano, Victoria Mallet, Shahara Masri, Paloma Menendez, Alberto Mestres, Leah Monteiro, Emily Pastrana, Elias Reyes, Michael Rodriguez, Nelson Rodriguez, Valentina Rodriguez, Corinna Rosell, Leslie Leonard, Leslie Sanchez, Marilyn Serrano, Mia Tamburrino and Auriel Thompson.

Florida Federated Music Clubs Regional Evaluations: Musical Theater Solo – Superior Ratings:

Markcus Blair, Sofia Carrillo, Chelsea Cosio, Carolina Formoso, Stephanie Gallardo, Audrey Garcia, Melanie Garcia, Danielle Gonzalez-Queve, Stephanie Jiron, Christina Leonard, Sidney Lezcano, Emily Pastrana, Valentina Rodriguez,Corinna Rosell, and Mia Tamburrino. Florida Federated Music Clubs Regional Evaluations: Musical Theater Solo – Excellent Ratings:

Alberto Mestres. Florida Federated Music Clubs Regional Evaluations: Duet Art Song – Superior Ratings:

Markcus Blair and Corinna Rosell, Chelsea Cosio and Paloma Menendez, Nicole Herrera and Andrea Dopico and Nicole Herrera, Carolina Formoso and Sidney Lezcano.

Florida Federated Music Clubs Regional Evaluations: Duet Musical Theater – Superior Ratings:

Audrey Garcia and Melanie Garcia, Stephanie Gallardo and Michael Rodriguez. Congratulations to Ms. Kristina Cutchens and the SMMCS Orchestra Program. On Friday, April 9th, the SMMCS Orchestra competed at the Fiesta-val Music Competition in Myrtle Beach, Florida. The South Miami Middle Community School Concert Orchestra and String Sinfonia both received first place in their divisions. The orchestra also received the grand championship award for the overall middle school instrumental groups. A special congratulations to Hugo Belisario,

who received an outstanding musicianship award for his solo on Arabian Dreams. We wish to congratulate Ms. Nancy Handler and her photography students for their excellent showing at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition.

The following students received 1st place in digital photo and outstanding commendations: Digital Photo – 1st Place – Andrea Alvarado, Vanessa Argueta, Isa Bonnat, Victor Flores, Liz Nogues, Brittany Padilla, Augustin Oneto, Brittany Padilla, Pamela Rubio and Sommer Tao. Analogue Photo – 1st Place – Victoria Garcia.

Please congratulate Ms. Nancy Handler and her students for their excellent showing in the SIMPLY SUNFLOWERS @ mia- Gallery 2010.

Awards of Merit Winners: Isa Trelles, Raquel Ramirez, Maria Alonso and Eileen Lu.

We wish to congratulate Ms. Cheryl Goodman and her art students for their excellent showing in the SIMPLY SUNFLOWERS @ MIA-Gallery 2010. Awards of Merit Winners: Giselle Beltran and Kathy Martinez.

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