Youth Composes Work for New York Youth Symphony

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NEW YORK, NY (December 19, 2003)  – Andrew Norman, the son of an Evangelical  Covenant Church pastor, composed an orchestral work for the New York  Youth Symphony after winning a contest recently.

Norman is a 24-year-old graduate student at the University of Southern  California (USC), majoring in composing. He earned his undergraduate  degree at USC. His newly composed work was featured during a recent  World Premier concert at Carnegie Hall.

According to his father, Jeff, an associate pastor at Modesto Covenant  Church in Modesto, California, Andrew has been composing orchestral work  since the ninth grade. He grew up at First Covenant Church in Grand  Rapids, Michigan, and First Covenant Church in Rockford, Illinois.

The New York Symphony has been performing at Carnegie Hall for 41 years.  Founded in 1963, it is the current holder of the Leonard Bernstein Award  for Educational Programming.

Norman is one of numerous Covenanters making their marks throughout  North America. The following listing of some of these accomplishments,  gleaned from church newsletters received by the Department of  Communication, is grouped by conference and region.


  • Oak Lawn, Illinois: Trinity Covenant Church’s Becky Moran is on the  roster of the University of Illinois-Chicago softball team as a utility  player after a strong high school career at Chicago’s Mother McAuley  High School. A three-year letter winner and a two-time All-Conference  outfielder, she led the Mighty Macs to 57 wins in her last two seasons,  including the program’s first sectional and regional titles in school  history. Moran batted .313 with 21 runs batted in and was 10 for 10  stolen bases in 2003.
  • Naperville, Illinois: Erika Nyberg of Naperville Evangelical  Covenant Church participated in the Illinois State Tennis Championships  for Naperville North High School. Meanwhile, two other high school  students, Adriana Herrera of Waubonsie Valley High and Eleanor Good,  were selected to be part of the Illinois Music Educators Association  District festival. Adriana played violin in the orchestra while Eleanor  played oboe in the concert band.
  • Iron River, Michigan: Grace Covenant Church teens Ryan Shamion,  Anders Lindwall, Jessica Aho, Katie Pratt, Linzi Saigh, Karla Van Wagner  and Joel Frasier were named to National Honor Society at their high  schools. Frasier was also named to the All-Conference first team in  football as a kicker.
  • Iron Mountain, Michigan: Krysta Erickson was chosen to be “Lucia” at  North Park University’s annual Santa Lucia Festival on December 6.  Krysta is a senior at North Park with a double major in Scandinavian  Studies and Business.  Sister Joanna, a freshman at the school, sang in  the chorus for the festival. Their father Peter is the new pastor at  First Covenant Church.

  • Waltham, Massachusetts: Covenant Congregational Church’s Tim LeBlanc  recently finished eighth in the New England Regional Figure Skating  Championships in Boxborough, Massachusetts. LeBlanc, who skates for the  Skating Club of Boston, competed in the Novice Men’s division.

  • Jamestown, New York: Kaitlyn Illingworth of First Covenant Church  recently was inducted into the National Honor Society for her academic  and leadership efforts at Southwestern High School. Another teen at the  church, Natalie Johnson, competed at the New York Public High School  Athletic Association Swimming Championships for the second consecutive  year.

  • Eagle River, Alaska: Eddie Jackson, who attends Community Covenant  Church, recently was named to the National Honor Society for his high  school.

  • Topeka, Kansas: Brookwood Covenant Church’s Abbey Martin finished her volleyball season at Rugters University in New Jersey, leading her team  in assists with 1,154 for the 11-17 Scarlet Knights. Martin, a setter,  started 26 matches (104 games in all) and averaged 11 assists per game.

  • Richfield, Minnesota: Thirteen-year-old Kristi Holmberg teamed up  with her grandmother, Virginia Vining of Bethany Covenant Church, to win  a school-sponsored doubles tennis tournament this fall.
  • Rochester, Minnesota: Rochester Covenant Church’s youth choir was  part of a Discovery Health Channel series segment on the world renowned  Mayo Clinic. The beginning of the series was November 14 and the segment  featuring the youth choir’s performance (along with Erik Hester) aired  December 5 and 7.

  • El Cajon, California: Megan Long of Community Covenant Church, a  senior at Wheaton College, is averaging 14 minutes and 2.6 points for  the 6-2 Thunder’s women’s basketball team. She is second on her team in  assists with 23.
  • Santa Barbara, California: Montecito Covenant Church’s Kelsey O’Hara  and Olivia Shove are performing at Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theater in  “The Night Before Christmas,” an original production of the Montecito  School of Ballet. Kelsey, who is 15, has been studying ballet for six  years. Olivia, who is 10 years old, has studied ballet for five years.

  • Japan: Miles Peterson, son of missionaries Jim and Hydi Peterson,  recently combined with another boy to win a 14 and under tennis  tournament in his region. Miles is just 12 years old, playing against  kids nearly two years older than he and his partner, according to his  parents.
To keep abreast of the various activities of Covenant youth around the  world, regularly visit To submit information to be  considered for publication in this online Covenant news report, email it  to To telephone information to Covenant  Communications, call 773-478-4676, extension 117.

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