Names in the News

Wilson Classical High School student Breana Schroeder was featured in a recent ABC-7 news story that detailed how the ninth grader overcomes some of her difficulties with cystic fibrosis through the therapeutic powers of surfing. Schroeder, who swims and surfs with a feeding tube, describes the salty ocean air as “kind of like a breathing treatment.” She is one of the youngest ever to compete at the tandem surfing world championships.

Curtis Heard, choir director at Wilson Classical High School for 24 years, has composed dozens of choral works, along with pieces for solo voice and chamber ensembles, including three operas and two cantatas. October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, his most ambitious work to date, will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and at 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at First Congregational Church in Long Beach (firstchurchlb.org), and at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Art Theater in Long Beach. Three choirs are involved: the First Congregational Church Sanctuary Choir, the South Coast Chorale and the Wilson High School Women’s Chorus. Tickets are $20 and available at the box office.