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Mrs. Veronica Downs-Dorsey

Wrong Veronica Downs-Dorsey?

Director of Music

Phone: (504) ***-****  HQ Phone
St. Peter Claver Church and School
At St. Peterr Claver Catholic Church 1923 St. Phillip St.
New Orleans , Louisiana 70116
United States

Company Description: St. Peter Claver Church and School maintains its position as a beacon of hope in this inner-city community that many have written off as lost to crime and poverty....   more

Employment History

  • Director of Music
    St. Peter Claver Church and School
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Contact Us | St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA, 3 June 2015 [cached]
Mrs. Veronica Downs-Dorsey
Mrs. Veronica Downs-Dorsey Director of Music
Mrs. Veronica Downs-Dorsey
Meet Our Staff | St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA, 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
Mrs. Veronica Downs-Dorsey Director of Music 504-822-8059
Gambit Weekly : Strength in (Whatever) Numbers : May 2, 2006, 2 May 2006 [cached]
Veronica Downs-Dorsey agrees."Anywhere you go at a gospel music conference, you can always tell the choirs from the South," she says."It's a special sound."Downs-Dorsey has, more than most, had to think on her feet since Katrina; she does double duty as choir director at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church -- which reopened for Mass on Easter Sunday -- and as director of the student gospel choir at McDonogh No. 35 High School on Kerlerec Street, her alma mater.McDonogh No. 35's student choir has performed in the Gospel Tent for nearly 30 years, and Downs-Dorsey wasn't going to let this be their first year as absentees.
Leading a student choir presented some special hurdles for Downs-Dorsey, as her school reopened in January, with Jazz Fest booking already underway.No. 35 was the third public school to open its doors in New Orleans, after McMain High School and Ben Franklin Elementary.The temporary open-enrollment policy meant she was seeing a lot of new faces (and voices) -- and many of her trusted student singers weren't back.
"Only 30 percent of our students were back, and only 20 percent of my choir was back," she says.
To fill up her ranks, Downs-Dorsey employed her daughter, Veronique, who entered No. 35 as a freshman in January. ("These are all the schools I've been to this year," says Veronique, showing four laminated school IDs)
"Kids are the best P.R.," Downs-Dorsey explains.
For this Fest, Downs-Dorsey is also sticking to classic songs that her former students know, in case they'll be able to return in time for the show.Once No. 35 returns to a college-prep curriculum, new students will be able to test in if they want to stay.
The pull of the choir, Downs-Dorsey agrees, is powerful.One singer with the St. Peter Claver choir commutes from Jackson, Miss., to rehearse."I'm glad," she says, that the Gospel Tent lineup this year focuses on local acts.
St. Peter Claver Church Organizations, 31 July 2008 [cached]
Mrs. Veronica Downs-Dorsey, Director of Music (229 or 221)
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