Williston Trinity Christian School’s strings program is off to a great start! The entire 5th grade is taking strings lessons (violin & cello) with Mr. Lora. He has many students taking private lessons as well. Second semester Mr. Lora is continuing to teach Introduction to Strings and Music Appreciation.

Mr. Lora is excited to share his arrangement of “Baba Yetu” comprised of the 7th-12 grade band and choir for the spring concert in April. We continue to see his vision of a youth symphony coming to life!

What is “Baba Yetu”? The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. Check out this performance by Alex Boyé, BYU Men’s Chorus & Philharmonic; Christopher Tin. https://youtu.be/vsINANZ6Riw?t=1m11s

Who is Mr. Lora? Meriel Lora is a conductor with a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Andrews University. Lora was born in Rhode Island and raised in the Dominican Republic. He began piano lessons and solfeggio at the age of eight.

In the fall of 2008 he entered Walla Walla University where he received a B.A. in music with an emphasis in piano under the guidance of Dr. Leonard Richter.

From 2008 to 2013, he served as an undergraduate Assistant Conductor to the Walla Walla University Orchestra under the direction of John Dennison and Brandon Beck.

In the fall of 2013, he began his graduate studies at Andrews University under the guidance of Dr. Claudio Gonzalez and served as the graduate assistant conductor of the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra. In the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016 Lora formed and conducted the Andrews University Community Chamber Orchestra.

WTCS cannot wait to see the music program continue to expand under Mr. Lora’s direction!!