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first_imgDuring its first appearance in the national competition, the Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir earned second place in the American Prize in Choral Performance competition in the college and university division in October. The contest recognized the College choir as one of nine finalists for the award. Conductor Dr. Nancy Menk said her group set a precedent for an all-women’s choir placing near the top at the competition. “We were the first women’s choir to place in the top three,” Menk said.  “That was an honor.” Menk is a professor of music, director of choral activities and the Mary Lou Judd Leighton Chair in Music at the College. She also serves as conductor and music director of the South Bend Chamber Singers, which also competed for the American Prize and placed among the top eight finalists in the community division. “I am proud of both choirs,” she said. Founded in 2009, the American Prize honors outstanding choirs that submit recordings to be reviewed.  There are six categories: professional chorus, college or university level chorus, community or faith-based chorus, secondary school chorus, youth chorus and children’s chorus.  The Women’s Choir, currently comprised of approximately 45 students, has performed across the country as well as internationally and recorded four CDs.  For the competition, the Women’s Choir submitted a CD entitled “Anima mea,” Latin for “My soul.”  The CD includes a number of relatively current, 20th– and 21st-century songs. Senior Ashley Stopczynski credited much of the group’s success to Menk. “Dr. Menk ensures that we get a well-rounded choral experience by including upbeat, slower and different styles of music,” said Stopczynski. Stopczynski said its “Anima mea” CD is a testament to the choir’s talent, an excellent tool for sharing that talent with others.  “Dr. Menk makes it a point to give a good example of women’s choral music to younger singers,” Stopczynski said.  Menk and Stopczynski both said being an all-female choir did not give them any kind of edge in this competition. “A good choir is a good choir,” Menk said. Stopczynski agreed, but she said the group is still unique. “I actually don’t think women choirs get enough recognition for the beauty of the sound,” she said. “However, being the only female group to win is an amazing experience. … It’s wonderful to be recognized for the work we put into our music.”last_img read more

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first_imgUnai Emery has been impressed with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang influence on and off the pitch (Picture: PA)Unai Emery has hailed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s leadership qualities by saying that the Arsenal striker has taken on greater responsibility within the dressing room.The 30-year-old was named Arsenal’s vice-captain last week after the players were asked to vote for a five-strong captaincy group with Granit Xhaka taking on the armband.That decision shows how highly regarded Aubameyang is in Arsenal’s dressing room and it is easy to see why considering how influential he has been on the pitch this season. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 6 Oct 2019 1:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link285Shares Granit Xhaka was named Arsenal’s permanent captain last week (Picture: Getty)‘He will play all minutes, some minutes, all games if we ask that of him and he is always ready to play again – this is also showing his leadership qualities.’Aubameyang has proven to be a massive success since signing for Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, scoring 49 goals for the club in only 74 games.Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke questioned Aubameyang’s motives for making the move last week, but the Arsenal forward hit back labelling his former boss a ‘clown’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Aubameyang has been Unai Emery’s most important player for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang has top-scored for Arsenal this season with seven Premier League goals and Emery believes he is now marrying excellent on-field performances with inspirational qualities off the pitch too.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He is an experienced player now,’ Emery said. ‘He played in France, Germany and now in England at a high level and with a high performance. His experience is good, his team-mates decided with the vote that they wanted him as vice-captain.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I am usually speaking with him and now he is more confident and more mature in the Premier League compared to when I arrived last year, he came only six months before me.‘He scored a lot of goals last year but has now also taken a big responsibility within the team and he is one of the captains who can manage in the dressing room.‘I will speak with him in my office, the hotel or the dressing room. First, we built a human connection and then as a player and then I know I can ask him what I want and what the team needs – he always listens and will always give his best to provide that. Advertisement Unai Emery explains how Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has emerged as a leader at Arsenallast_img read more