Beloved orchestra teacher, Lulu Reeks, had a special surprise for our Ursuline girls during this year's Academy Mass honoring St. Angela Merici's Feast Day. She played a violin from the campus museum that dates back to 1734.
The violin was made by Gavinies of Paris and belonged to Sr. St. Borgia McNair who brought it with her to the convent when she entered the Ursuline Order in 1912. Sister Borgia was born in 1891 in St. Francisville, Louisiana and was a boarding student at the Ursuline Convent on Dauphine Street. As a nun and accomplished musician, she worked in Dallas, Texarkana, and at Springfield (College), where she died in 1940. She played this violin until her death.
Mrs. Reeks' performance is a beautiful example of the model Ursuline foundress, St. Angela Merici, calls us to be for our students. As a way to live out the Academy motto of Serviam, "I will serve," she shares her musical talents to build community with others.