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Student musicians to show their stuff at Brown Bag show

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By Kirsten Laskey

The Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico (PMTNM) State Conference will be arriving in Los Alamos Nov. 13-16, and to get a musical sampling of what will be heard during this event, attend the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag show at noon Nov. 5 at Fuller Lodge.

The Brown Bag concert will showcase 16 Los Alamos music students who won honors in the New Mexico District I Competition, and will compete in the state conference. They will perform one piece that they will also play in the state conference.

Music for vocals, strings and piano will be featured.

Charlene Cox, chairwoman of the PMTNM’s student activities committee, said the Brown Bag will help students prepare for the upcoming convention, by helping them soothe their nerves.

“Anybody gets nervous when they get up to do something in front of people,” Cox said.

Additionally, “basically, they get more stage presence for when they get to state.”

Los Alamos hosted the state conference nine years ago. Cox said the conference gets passed around through the state and it’s Los Alamos’ turn again.

Some students will compete in the PMTNM Honors program while others will participate in state competition to move on to the Professional Music Teachers National Association’s competition held in January in Tuscon, Ariz.

Having the competition return to the local community is exciting, Cox said.

“It’s just a chance for Los Alamos to see what goes on in the state convention and to see where these talented students come from.”