Area students participate in TMEA region choir concert
by Rita Arnst
Nov 19, 2008 | 1260 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A. C. Jones choir students and one TRHS student participated in the Region 14 TMEA clinic/choir last Saturday in Rockport. Front row from left: A.C. Jones Senior Kristal Perez – Soprano 2, Senior Matt Ortego- Tenor 2, Sophomore Claire Duge – Alto 2 (back row from left) Senior Yvonne Alaniz, Alto 1, Senior Victor Hinojosa - Bass 2, with Three Rivers High School Junior Krissy Arnst – Alto 2, and A. C. Jones Senior Tim Shane – Bass 2. Arnst was ranked in the top five and will be auditioning in January in hopes of being named to the Texas All-State Choir, an honor reserved for only the top 150 high school male and female singers in Texas.
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Seven area high school students from Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 14 participated in an all-day choir clinic and concert led by Dr. Julie Yu-Oppenheim of Kansas State University last Saturday in Rockport.

Krissy Arnst of Three Rivers High School, along with A.C. Jones High School students (Beeville) Kristal Perez, Matt Ortega, Claire Duge, Yvonne Alaniz, Victor Hinojosa and Tim Shane, participated in the TMEA sanctioned clinic and choir concert.

A week prior to the clinic/concert the students competed against hundreds of students from the 55 school districts in Region 14 at Del Mar College for the notable honor. There is no distinction by school size or class size in region competition. Students from 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 5A schools compete side by side for one of the top chairs in each choral group. The top 20 Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Bass 1 and Bass 2 in the region were selected. From the top 20 the first five chairs will compete for All-State choir in January.

Arnst was ranked as one of the top five students auditioning, she will be auditioning again in January in hopes of being named to the Texas All-State Choir, an honor reserved for only the top 150 high school male and female singers in Texas.

Arnst is under the direction of TRHS Choral Director Cindy Hessong. A.C. Jones students are under the direction of Choral Director Everett McAulay. All seven students receive further instruction from Pat Coffee of Beeville.

The Region choir sang in English, Italian, Latin and Russian to a full auditorium. The choir concert began with the Star Spangled Banner. The Tenor/Bass choir sang In Taberna Quando Sumus from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff in Latin and Spaseniye sodelal, op. 25, no. 5 (Salvation Is Created) by Pavel Chesnokov in Russian.

The mixed choir sang Gloria and Sanctus from The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett and Dan-u-el by Kirke Mechem followed by Sing Joyfully by William Byrd and Jubilate Deo by Benjamin Britten. The Treble choir sang, She Weeps Over Rahoon by Eric Whitacre and selections of Alleluia from Songs of Faith by Paul Basler.

The TMEA began in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association. The Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 9,000 school music educators united by common goals. These goals are to provide professional growth opportunities, to encourage interaction among music education professionals, to foster public support for music in schools, to offer quality musical experiences for students, to cultivate universal appreciation and lifetime involvement in music and to develop and maintain productive working relationships with other professional organizations.
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