By Nina Benaroch (in page 34 of July 2010 issue of Parkland / Coral Springs Life magazine) - music instructor in Coral Springs Students of Coral Springs music teacher, Dr. Leana Strouse, recently competed in the Florida Federation of Music Clubs, Inc. (FFMC) Annual Junior Convention in Jacksonville. This competition was the 73rd annual Junior Convention for the FFMC held at the University of N. Florida in Jacksonville. The young musicians were invited to compete in Jacksonville only after receiving Superior ratings at the local level.

Among the winners were Parkland residents Max Benaroch, age 17, Rachelle Benaroch, 15, and Alissa Babaian, 14, as well as Coral Springs residents Brandon Boothe, 11, Matthew Satar, 9, Joseph Lubben, 17, and triplets Michael, Joshua and Tom Lubben, 15. The kids won multiple 1st place awards and honorable mentions in piano, violin, cello and string ensemble categories. In addition, Tom Lubben was nominated for the coveted Irene Muir Memorial Award.

All together, Dr. Strouse’s students brought home 50 first prizes and honorable mentions. Dr. Strouse is very proud of her students and was thrilled by their overall performance this year.

2010 festival winners

(Back row, L-R): Tom Lubben, Joshua Lubben, Joseph Lubben, Michael Lubben; (Middle row): Max Benaroch, Rachelle Benaroch, Brandon Boothe; (Front row): Matthew Satar & Dr. Leana Strouse.