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Junior high singers win seats in all-region choir

Following an intense competition, 70 Pearland Independent School District students from all four Pearland junior high schools won places in all-region choir during the Texas Music Educators Association Region 19 auditions on Oct. 21 and 22.

“I am absolutely thrilled at the quality of our junior high choirs,” Tom Bell, Pearland ISD Director of Fine Arts, said. “It all starts with great instruction from very talented and dedicated directors and ends with hard-working students pushing themselves to become a little better every day.”

The four Pearland ISD junior high choirs have much to be proud when it comes to their very talented and dedicated students.

“All of the students in the region receive the same pieces of music at the beginning of the school year. Each choir director has their own unique method of teaching the music but common practices are to work on the music in class, perform the music at their fall concert, work on it with their private lesson teacher, after school sectionals, etc. But mostly, the students have to spend time on their own developing the vocal skills needed to perform the pieces,” Bell said.

Participating in the auditions not only allows singers to qualify for the all-region choir but also empowers them with life-long skills.

“Since this is an individual activity, all students become better musicians by going through the process, regardless if they make it or not. Beyond that, they learn how to work on a long-term project that concludes with them performing, by themselves, in front of their peers and judges. Time management and organizational skills, perseverance and grit are also developed by going through the region audition process,” Bell said.

Pearland junior high students who won spots in the all-region choir include:

Miller: Rohini Ahearn, Reagan Anderson, Kayla Hale, Kate Kannady, Hannah Le, Naveah Lewis, Danielle Padilla, Andie Sellers, Lily Venske, Naomi Bisrat, Brittyn Bland, Dasialynn Buck, Megan Del Rio, Yaretzi Munoz, Elizabeth Murz., Gabrielle Quintayo, Omkar Dasgupta, Ethan George, Samuel Homan, Gage Lively and Kaden Hilahan.

West: Natalie Mull, Corina Argueta Salamanca, Meredith Russell, Rylee Johnson, Zaara Khan, Brianna Hammons, Emily Holloway, Emma Thompson, Riley Strother, Isabel Paredes, Emily Townzen, Ariah Salas, Paige Houston, Ava Sherrill, Stevin Ellankil, William Simmons, Nathan Daquioag and Andrew Nguyen.

East: Isabella Fidler Navarro, Christine Burcham, Madison Taylor, Mithali Kadur, Esthela Salinas, Esmae Macneish, Olivia Kirtley, Julianna Martinez, Ashley Dicicco, Laila Valdez, Jennie Mancuso, Myla Cameron, Miranda Martinez, Ireland White, Britney Solomon, Cerenity Douglas, Kara Tompkins, Ethan Richardson, Andrew Brown, Michael Walton, Jaylen Clark, Anietie Udoh and John Torres.

South: Joaquin Gonzales, Martin Serrano, Hailey Anderson, Ashley De La Fuente, Bernard Simmons, James Galbraith, Carter Thomas and Brenda Mosso Andrade.