SU music students elected to top posts with La. music association

Southern University student Sonya Brown has been elected president of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, and two other SU students were also elected to offices.


Sophomore Neshia Ruffins was elected vice-president and freshman Ryan Alexander was elected first secretary. Brown, Ruffins and Alexander are music majors.


The Louisiana Music Teachers Association is comprised of Southern, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southeastern  Louisiana University, University of Louisiana at Monroe and Northwestern State University.


Southern students hold three of the five available positions on the LMTA Collegiate Board. Students at ULL hold the other two positions.


Officers of the LMTA were elected during its state convention held in October at the University of Louisiana in Monroe. Representatives of collegiate chapters from each major Louisiana university were in attendance.


Southern’s chapter is lead by internationally known pianist Joao Paulo Casarotti, a professor at Southern and head of Community Outreach and Education with the LMTA.


The LMTA is an affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association and is a non-profit organization of independent teachers and university faculty.



 In the photo from left to right: Sonya Brown, president; Neshia Ruffins, vice-president; and Joao Paulo Casarotti, faculty advisor. Missing from the photo is Ryan Alexander, first secretary.

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