Duchesne sweeps music competition at Orlandofest

Senior class members of Duchesne High School’s music programs display the four first-place trophies won at the recent Orlandofest music competition in Orlando, Fla. Pictured are (front row, from left): Stephen Baker, Adam Armbruster, Madeline Clemens and Meghan Mahaffy; and (back row, from left): Dominic Walton, Erin Hannegan McKee, Emily McMillin, Sophie Tollefson and Gabe Murphy.

Duchesne High School students swept the competition at the recent Orlandofest, according to a press release.

Duchesne competed with schools from Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina at Orlandofest, which was held at Universal Theme Parks in Orlando, Fla.

Forty-four Duchesne students competed in four different categories and took first place in each one: Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Concert Band and Jazz Band.

Participating students included: Adam Armbruster, Stephen Baker, Payton Bodden, Michael Brennan, Sophie Capra, Joey Ciaramitaro, Henry Clark, Madeline Clemens, Chandie Colclasure, Chloe Colclasure, Kyle Compton, Brigid Cooper, Tony Deluvia, John DiFatta, Katie Goeke, Cody Going, Mary Gould, Donnie Hargate, Drew Hollandsworth, Allison Huff, Brianna King, David Kinnison, Alex Kleitz, Matt Klekar, Danny Lampkin, Rebecca Linck, Sabby Macedo, Erin Hannigan McKee, Emily McMillin, Peter Michalak, Renate Mueller, Gabe Murphy, Ashley Norviel, Gloria Owen, Abby Rothweiler, Kevin Sallwasser, Tim Sallwasser, James Schneider, John Schneider, Mary Stenger, Jonathan Stoecker, Jack Stremlau, Sophie Tollefson and Dominic Walton.

Duchesne’s music department is led by Kay Johnson, who joined the Duchesne faculty as director of instrumental music in 2008 and became the school’s director of performing arts in 2013. Johnson oversees and is passionately involved in all aspects of Duchesne’s band and choir programs, as well as the annual school musical.

Founded as St. Peter High School in 1924, Duchesne High School is located at 2550 Elm Street, in St. Charles. Duchesne is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory school affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Tuition at Duchesne High School is frozen for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, contact Lindsay McCullough at 636-946-2603 or visit duchesne-hs.org.