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Junior high and high school singers secure seats in all-region choirs

      Pearland and Dawson high schools recently secured a total of 58 spots in the all-region choir during the Texas Music Educators Association Region 19 auditions. Additionally, 66 students from all four Pearland junior high schools won places in the all-region junior high choir during auditions.

      Through virtual auditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remote and campus learners were able to participate in the region choir audition process. The students worked on their recording either from home using their phone/computer or at school with their director.

      “I’m thankful that the process had flexibility to accommodate all students regardless of their situation,” Tom Bell, Pearland ISD Director of Fine Arts, said. “Since region auditions are focused on individual skill development, the process translated well to both remote and in-person learners, with students practicing during class and after school with the directors. This contest was a great way to kick off this school year, with students being able to demonstrate their talents, skills and hard work.”

      Every year, the students who secure a spot in the region choir participate in a rehearsal on a Saturday in the fall with an esteemed guest conductor for an exclusive concert that evening. This year, all students will receive a patch and the junior high students will also receive a commemorative t-shirt instead, due to COVID-19. Some of the high school students who made the region choir also advanced to Pre Area, which is the second of a series of three auditions in the Texas Music Educators Association All State Choir.

      Participating in the auditions and competition 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. Time management and organizational skills, perseverance and grit are also developed by going through the region audition process,” Bell said.

      High school students who won spots in the all-region choir include:

      Glenda Dawson High School: Sarah Abraham, Joshua Benjamin, Michael Brooks, Gage Campos, Zaccai Campos, Meredith Clarke, Benjamin Cummings, Isabel Fabrega, Daniel Jacob, Valeria Jimenez, Gideon Lancaster, Isabella NovoGradac, Jessica Reed, Cole Ripple,     Jyothis Sajan, Jose Salinas, John Silva, James Silva, Aishwarye Singh, Alex Tran, Austin Wright, Neeraj Anantha, Greyson Borden, Rishabh Dave, Eli Moffatt, Ashwin Murali, Joshua Ross, Carissa Campos, Eleanor Hayes, Aarushi Lakhi, Sofia Lemma, Sarah Lundberg, Cameron Marshall, Ashley McKay, Sora Srivastava, Elena Thompson and Avery Tuffly.

      Pearland High School: Brooklynn King, Taylor Stowers, Jarod Dague, Hannah Herrera, Alex Bryan, Taylor Jackson, Grace Elliott, Evelyn Richeson, Grace Bouvier, Joel Hamilton, Sarah Roberts, Geneva Cline, Shelby Garrett, Amy Decker, Jenaya Alkire, Morgan Rushing, Brooke Johnston, Kelly Decker, Anna Holden, Lindsey Wood and Makayla Rankin.

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

      Berry Miller Junior High: Addison Howell, Irene Shi, Amber Schaefer and Molly Deluca.

      Pearland Junior High East: Karly Anderson, William Atkinson, Madelyn Bradshaw, Lily Carp, Jayde Caziere, Lilah Clark, Cody Cox, Cate Cummings, Ylan Dao, Emma Dines, Aliyah Elizondo, Aubrie Farmer, Carlos Garza, Connor Glenn, Mackenzie Goodwin, Amri Gutierrez, Sienna Hoffower, Karleigh Homburg, Vianna Hunyh, Sophia Isenhower, Paige Jackson, Randy Jackson, Keziah James, Rylee Jeffery, Erica Lerma, Emma Lomongo, Maegan Massie, Luca McCorkell, Damian Moreno, Elias Perez, Payton Powell, Victoria Puerto, Cheyanne Reese, Alexia Sanchez, Abigail Shinn, Patricia Spangler, Daniel Smith, Kamilla Tucker, Emily Van Maaren, Jacob Weiner, Kendall Williamson and Yara Wiltshire.      

      Pearland Junior High South: Njoki Marika and Corbin Garcia.               

      Pearland Junior High West: Rachel Anderson, Jeorjia Blansett, Mia Rhodus, Makenzie Biles, Larissa Garcia, Jiana Kuruvilla, Sofia Moeller, Victoria Powell, Sumedha Shanker, Aleesha Bijoy, Lydia Greer, Gwendolyn Holden, Diona Jom, Simran Raj, Phoenix Walwyn, Cody Dague, Jeremiah Keeton and Joshua Vuittonet.                       

      Choir directors include Emily Boudreaux at PJH East, Ginny Blasczyk at PJH West, Shellie Murz at Berry Miller JH, Rosetta Ames at PJH South, Michael Kessler and Jon Marcum at PHS and Roxan Silva and Katie McCravy at DHS.