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Senior Music Students Perform - 3 Inducted into the LAAPA Hall of Fame

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On Sunday, June 23, four long time music students performed in a special Senior Recital held in the LAAPA Performance Hall in Harahan on the campus of the River Ridge School of Music & Dance.
Student performers included Macie Breaux - soprano/piano, Robert Klazynski - piano, Dakota Pique - guitar, and Sarah Tullier - soprano.
Macie is a student of Meredith Bradley and has been enrolled in piano and voice lessons at LAAPA's Covington School of Music since 2009. Robert is a student of Carolyn Russell and has been taking piano lessons at LAAPA's Covington and Mandeville Schools of Music for nearly 11 years! Dakota is a guitar student of Josh Theriot at the Covington School of Music, and Sarah is a student of Rebecca Posey and enrolled in voice at the Mandeville School of Music.
Immediately following the performance, Robert was recognized with an "Outstanding Student" award and Dakota, Macie, and Sarah were inducted into the LAAPA "Hall of Fame" (the academy's highest award). In fact, the Hall of Fame award has not been presented since 2006 and then only to 6 other students over the past 30 years of LAAPA history. Students who have received this award in the past are as indicated below:
River Ridge School of Music and Dance Hall of Fame:
Rachel Tate - 1991
Jenny Bond - 1994
Ryan Cullen - 1995
Jeffrey Edwards - 2003
Megan Bennett - 2005

Mandeville School of Music Hall of Fame:
Baylie Stillwell - 2006

The Hall of Fame award is given by the LAAPA Directors and Faculty to LAAPA students who have done Outstanding Work while studying Music at LAAPA, are a graduating Senior, and plan to pursue a Music or Theatre degree at the University of their choice.
Macie has received a scholarship to study music at the University of Southern Mississippi. Sarah has received a music scholarship to Northwestern Louisiana State. Dakota received a music scholarship to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Robert will be pursuing medical studies full time at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, but hopes to keep his piano skills sharp if he can find some spare time!
Macie & Dakota will be the first Hall of Fame inductees for the Covington School of Music and Sarah Tullier will be added to the existing plaque in our Mandeville School of Music!!!
Photo from left to right: Macie Breaux, Meredith Bradley, Robert Klazynski, Carolyn Russell, Sarah Tullier, Rebecca Posey, Dakota Pique, and Josh Theriot.
Congratulations to our outstanding senior music students for 2013 from Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts. We look forward to hearing great things from you!

Important Dates

July 1-6
Summer Break
July 8
Summer Music & Dance Camps
begin at the
Mandeville and
River Ridge campuses

Spring Recital Performers and Award Winners!

On Saturday, June 8, the Covington and Mandeville Schools of Music presented four Spring Concerts at the
Fuhrmann Auditorium in Covington. Below are this year's student performers and award winners!

Spring Music Lessons Recitals at the Mandevilel School of Music

Covington and Mandeville Schools of Music - 10 AM Concert

1st Row: Graciela Rodriguez, Allie-Grace Greene, Joel Rodriguez, Taylor Vander, Sameen Hossain, Ashleigh Hoggle, Blakely Shouse, Chloe Catanese, James Plaisance, Madio Gislimberti, Charlie Vonier

2nd Row: Roberto Latournerie, Jack Vonier, Brian Bartee, Liam McCauley, Matthew Dobson

3rd Row: Rebekah Russell, Christopher Latournerie, Branden Richards, MaKayla Page, Sarah Hossain, Grace Dumdaw, Angelina Mesa, Porsha Delatte, Theresa Smith, Ben Caraway, William Dunford, Michael Russell

Covington LA Music Lessons and Piano Lessons at LAAPA

Covington and Mandeville Schools of Music - 1 PM Concert

1st Row: Emma Diliberto, Joey Diliberto, Jack Harper, Kyle Hall, John Escher, Tin-Tin Lam, Alyssa Bergeron, Abigail Steinmeyer, Ata-han Erentok, Grace Ladner, Emin Erentok, Patrick Hoag

2nd Row: Gabriella Vargas, Emily Araki, Abigail Araki, Michael Austin Verges, Sarah Clifton, Jamie Planchard, Gabriele Sudmann, Jakob Sudmann, Emily West, Kate Gauthreaux, Zachary Araki, Logan Rogers

3rd Row: Ivana Lobue, Grace Grundmann, Karlee Babbel, Penny Soule, Madison Hayes, Alex Jerrell, Zach Barth

Mandeville Louisiana Piano Lessons, Voice Lessons and Recitals!

Covington and Mandeville Schools of Music - 4 PM Concert

1st Row: Allison Agena, Sophie Serpas, Chloe Agena, Samantha Jaeger, Menley Daussin, Ava Schwing, Sean Loisel, Maria Hernandez, Adair Brown, Noah Montz, Zachary Montz, Noah Strickland, Nina Derks

2nd Row: Joshua Marshall, Jonathan Hansen, Landon Chambliss, Gabrielle LaBiche, Matthew Fuentes, Emily Ruli, Isabel Rodriguez, Alexandra Jaeger, Luci McCaleb, Sophia Warsham, Kaelyn Hobson

3rd Row: Stuart Marshall, Cameron Ellis, Mallory Bogle, Thomas Ruli, Amanda Boe, Luke Hansen, Ashleigh Stoltz, Thomas Williamson, DeLynn Basso, Alexandria Bowers

Covington LA Music Lessons and Piano Lessons at LAAPA

Covington and Mandeville Schools of Music - 7 PM Concert

1st Row: Melissa Moore, Madison Livacarri, Andrew Bertrand, Chloe Blache, Lorraine Drez, Nicolette Belanger, Ryder Hodge, Adam Cuevas, Cole Hodge, Jade Buras, Abby Roux, Julian Shales, Xavier Lopez, Tanner Tharp, Patrick Cullen

2nd Row: Michael Lewis, Alex Chiu, Caitlin Smith, Delaney Bright, Catherine Willett, Megan Armand, Grace Casama, Alina Chiu, Madeline Moore, Shaw Corcoran, Peyton Cherry, Sydney Cooper, Eryn Kelly, Taylor Sims

3rd Row: Macie Breaux, Robert Klazynski, Shay Dennie, Sarah Tullier, Olivia Gray, Liz Moore, Beck Tabor, Kate Zenor, Emily White

On Saturday, June 15, the River Ridge School of Music & Dance presented four Spring Concerts at
St. Martin's Solomon Theatre in Metairie. Below are this year's student performers and award winners!

River Ridge School of Music & Dance Spring Music and Dance Recital Photo - 10 AM

River Ridge School of Music & Dance - 10 AM Concert

1st Row: Audrey Layne Corcoran, MJ Thomas, David Machado, Aniya Chaplin, Yuyao Jiang, Karen He, Xiola Spaulding, Adeoluwa Fadesere, Christian Thomas, Grace Bertucci, Kate Corcoran, Ela Cavdar, Gabby Rubin

2nd Row: Amelie Bent, Ana Maria Montes, Kaitlyn Cabiro, Kaitlyn Tillery, Rayanna Boasso, Callie Maytas, Olivia Kelly, Lilli Johnston, Oliver Sobrino, John Michael Tullier

3rd Row: Victoria Manguno, Caroline Duclaux, Elizabeth Duclaux, Judy Morgan, Shelby Baham, Patrick Lyell, Braden Bent, Allison Tullier, Nicholas Byland

River Ridge School of Music & Dance Spring Music and Dance Recital Photo - 10 AM

River Ridge School of Music & Dance - 1 PM Concert

1st Row: Hannah Wilson, Collin Pelitere, Kaitlyn Hall, Matthew Baffes, Issack Guerra, Justin Hall, Fralle Mhae Bade, Luke Burlison, Kody Nguy, Rayanna Moiz, Sara Cordova, Cecilia Vu, Sireen Moiz, John Baumgarten, Will Fritschhertz, Annabelle Hernandez, Kamiya Collins,  Ellinoar Brown, Frances Maia Bade, Arianna Blagrove

2nd Row: Derrick Witzig, Devin Jones, Kimberly Adams, Andrew Cheung, Fiona Marks, Madison Graf, Lexi Rodrigue, Wesley Hodgson, Olivia Guerra, Abby Webb, Konrad Marks, Brooks Garcia

3rd Row:  Ryan Jones, Caleb Brown, Chanel Cheung, Yahjah Brown, Yole-dy Jolly, Colton Brown

River Ridge School of Music & Dance Spring Music and Dance Recital Photo - 4 PM

River Ridge School of Music & Dance - 4 PM Concert

1st Row: Jonathan Bryant, Isabella Bohorquez, Alex Bao, Dilara Gurbuz, Ava Schnauder, Jasmine Lewis, Jayda Bullard, Lathaniel Green, Sam Dinshaw, Lillian Stricker, Akshita Sridhar, Giselle Garcia, Kacey Cognevich, Sanjana Chillara

2nd Row: Lexi Kiefer, Lenyelle Bridges, Curtise Anderson, Katherine Corcoran, Saishreya Garigipaty, Savannah Fields, Gabriella Cordova, Alexsandra Saavedra, Kate Burnett, Andrea Bohorquez, Gavin Landry, Anthony Lam, Brandon Vo

3rd Row:  George Tang, David Cressy, Karen Antunez, Marcela Saavedra, Claire Bourgeois, Amari Hurst, Cameron Vo, Dylan Vo

River Ridge School of Music & Dance Spring Music and Dance Recital Photo - 7 PM

River Ridge School of Music & Dance - 7 PM Concert

1st Row: Cameron Rongey, Zania Lowery, Frankie Massicot, Miranda Bishop, Evan Massa, Kaelin Taylor, Brandon Nguyen, Logan Theriault, Tori Patania, Haven Fortenberry, Brett Steele, Sophia Ren, Olga Bueno, Lauren Bishop, Kadie Bauer, Angelina Monroy, Mina Prudhomme

2nd Row: Sydney Campbell, Sydney Scales, Dominique Gauthreaux, Ashley Herrera, Spencer Lanosga, Brian Fink, Yayan Lin, Natalie Bauer, Gwyneth Thompson, Sakshi Sadhwani, Zelvin Collins

3rd Row:  Munnawn Gill, Meredith Paisant, Samantha Morris, Julie Haase, Sheri Trufant, Emily Dong, Ben Willis, Daniel Mahne

Once again, a huge congratulations to all students for their outstanding performances in our 2013 Spring Recitals! For more photos and videos, please be sure to VISIT AND LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE at FACEBOOK.COM/LAAPAFACE!


"Ms. Carolyn is the best piano teacher ever!!!!!!!! I have learned so much in my few months of being a student at Laapa. I am excited about going to the eight grade this year and yes, I have joined the band playing clarinet. Have fun out there to other kiddos like me.... Study, Study, Study!!!!!!!!!!!!"

~ Alicia I.

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Many of our LAAPA INSTRUCTORS are totally booked!  If you need a schedule change or would like to be added to a waiting list for a particular teacher, day, or time, please contact any of our office staff team and they can add you to the waiting list. 

To inquire about openings for July and August, send an email to or call one of our locations: (504) 738-3050 for River Ridge, (985) 674-2992 for Mandeville, and (985) 590-4545 for Covington. The following is a PARTIAL list of who is BOOKED!


Maggie: FRI & TU – BOOKED!
Kathleen: TU & WED – ALL BOOKED!
Cara: FRI & SAT 1 spot! MON, TU, WED – ALL BOOKED!
Bonnie: TH & FRI 1 spot! MON, WED – ALL BOOKED!
Jennifer: MON – BOOKED!
Meredith: MON, TU, WED, TH – ALL BOOKED!
Katarina: TU & SAT 1 spot! WED, TH – ALL BOOKED!
Jenna: WED – 1 spot! TH, SAT – ALL BOOKED!
Baylie: TH – BOOKED!
Rebecca: MON, TU & FRI 1 spot! TH, WED – ALL BOOKED!
Carolyn: TU 1 spot! MON, WED, FRI – ALL BOOKED!
Bethany: SAT – BOOKED!
Victoria: MON 1 spot!
Mirka: TU – BOOKED!


Bill: WED & FRI 1 spot! Mon – BOOKED!
Curtis: TU 1 spot! MON,TH, FRI – ALL BOOKED!
Josh: WED, TH, SAT 1 spot! MON, TU – ALL BOOKED!
Jessie: TH – BOOKED!


Kate: MON 1 spot!
Gabriel: MON – BOOKED!
Simona: MON, WED & TH 1 spot! TU – ALL BOOKED!
Denise: MON & TU 1 spot! WED – BOOKED!


Vitalie: MON 1 spot!
Ryan: TH – BOOKED!
Jack: WED & TH – BOOKED!
Dr. Joe: WED – BOOKED!
Brittany: FRI 1 spot!

A Huge Welcome to Our 78 New Students and Families Who Enrolled in June!

We are so happy that you’ve chosen to study at LAAPA. 
We know you will do great things this year!

Lantonia M., Sophia A., Jaide A., Joshua P., Brittany E., Jordan V., Adrienne S., Laila H., Serenity C., Victoria D., Courtney C., Abby D., Lillian C., Madison B., Reagan B., St. Clair L., John N., Nour M., Alyssa G., Elizabeth N., Nick N., Rachel H., Bobbi S., Kayla S., Myles W., Tristan S., Victoria M., Aubrey L., Diego M., Hannah L.,
Sadie R., Sophia R., Ashman W., Spencer R., Aishwarya N., Avery P., Averie D., Caden B., Elise N., Laken W., Leo F., Lilah F., Robert B., Emily S., Indy N., Jayla W., Mika S., Shea D., Tayler B., Dakota C., Gabby T.,
Halle K., Jenna D., Leah P., Nicky T., Ana O., Dawson N., Elle T., Grace S., Ro'ziah B., Seth M., Clark L., Lily C.,
Timothy T., Brian F., Alicia I., Mina P., Burk K., Sophie B., Kelly M., George G., Gabriel R., Emily C.,
Patrick F., Samuel R., Avery L., Liam M., Miguel D.



We have a limited number of openings in our Summer Camps Remaining! But Hurry, they won't last!

Our Summer Music and Dance Camps provide all campers (ages 5-16, beginning, intermediate, and advanced) with the opportunity to explore up to five of our instrumental, vocal, and performing arts programs in a fun and creative environment!

2013 Summer Camp Details

July 8-12
(Mandeville and River Ridge campuses)
July 15-19
(Mandeville, &
River Ridge campuses)
July 22-26
(Mandeville and River Ridge campuses)




$15 per student

For more information or to reserve your spot - go to!

The Dance Corner

Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts Dance Classes in New Orleans, Louisiana - Lion Stretching!

Stretching Tips for Dancers - by Laura Davies (reprinted with permission from

To help your body perform its best, stretching will not only improve your flexibility and the ease at which you can move, but it will also help prevent injuries. Consider stretching as an element that is equally important as training for strength, balance and power. Learn how to make the most of every stretch. Give your body the stretch of a lifetime by applying these stretching basics into every stretch:

Keep your neck long with your head facing forward, roll your shoulders back and down, lengthen your torso, keep your hips even and energize your legs. FACT: Proper alignment improves stretches and prevents injury. TIP: Try stretching in front of a mirror.

Stretches are better and you feel less stressed when you take deep regular breaths. As a general rule, inhale to prepare and exhale when you stretch or go deeper into the stretch. FACT: Pilates breathing can be used in all of your stretching to maximize your stretch and relaxation. TIP: Try inhaling through the nose, pulling air into your diaphragm, not your chest and exhale through your mouth.

A cold muscle is not as elastic as a warm one, so stretching without a warm-up means that you will get less length and could possibly injure yourself. Just do a little dance in your cubicle, walk around the block or do a five minue slow run on the treadmill to get your muscles warm enough before you stretch.

You must pay attention to all muscles groups in your body when giving stretching TLC because it's the only way to stay aligned and flexible. For example, leaving your neck or hips neglected can cause increased pain in the muscle, making it harder and harder to stretch. Next thing you know, surrounding muscle groups will start picking up on the strain.

Hip flexors and gluteus muscles need more stretching time than the average 15 to 30 seconds. Be sure to hold all of your stretches until you feel the tension in the muscle release. Once the tension has released, exhale to allow for a deeper stretch. A great way to stretch your muscles, and especially your glutes!

Where's Your Teacher Performing?

Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts in New Orleans, LAIf you love organ music, be sure to catch piano/voice faculty member, Katarina Boudreaux who will be filling in on organ at St. Mary's Church in New Orleans all Sundays this July with the exception of July 7.






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