All four of the Alvarado High School students that participated in this year’s All-Region choir have advanced to the final round of All-State choir auditions.

Jonathan Arndt, Layne Knight, Auston McIntosh and Bud Mize are among those who will be traveling to Midland to compete at the Area auditions at Lee High School on Saturday, Jan. 5.

The 12 individuals in each section of the All-Region choir participated in the pre-auditions on Nov. 16.

Only the top five from each section were selected to advance.

Knight continued to hold his No. 1 ranking as the region’s best Bass I.

McIntosh is not far behind as he made a big move up to second char.

Holding the top two positions in that section is a great accomplishment for the AHS choir program.

Arndt, a freshman, also moved up in the rankings, nailing down second chair in the Tenor I section.

Mize, who went from 11th chair to fourth chair in the Tenor II section, made the most sizable advance.

“The judges were extremely complimentary of our guys’ musicianship and their attention to detail,” choir director Edward Smith said. “Each earned high marks in tone quality, intonation and phrasing. All four of them also scored exceptionally well in the sight-reading part of the competition.”

The contestants are give 30 seconds to study a melody that is eight measures long.

They then sing the melody for the judges.

The melody is made up of 30 notes, and each not is worth two points - one point for rhythm and one point for pitch.

Of the 48 who auditioned, only three earned a perfect score of 60 and Mize was one of those.

Arndt, Knight and McIntosh each led their sections with scores of 54, 58 and 56 respectively.

For more information, contact Tommy Brown, AISD public information officer, at 817-783-6851.