Young musicians share the spotlight at national conference


The Navarre Youth Chorale recently performed in Minneapolis. Back row, from left, Ann Leffard, Delaney Stewart and Aliyah Sealy. Front row, Ariana Sealy, Kyndall Jefferson and Leila Howe.

With a first name that translates to “sweet melody,” it’s only fitting that Ariana Sealy is serious about music.

The fifth-grader, along with four other young musicians, make up the Navarre Youth Chorale, which recently returned from Organization of American Kodály Educators’ (OAKE) National Conference in Minneapolis.

Ann Leffard, Holley-Navarre Primary School’s music teacher, heads the youth chorale and is a member of OAKE, a professional organization named for a Hungarian composer and musician.

The conference brought together students from around the country and sent them on a whirlwind three-day rehearsal which culminated in Saturday night’s performance.

Read the full story in the April 2 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here


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