RED OAK — Singing their way to success were fifteen members of Red Oak Middle School Choir who auditioned for the Texas Music Education Association [TMEA] All-Region Choir at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Grand Prairie. The selected students will represent ROISD at the All-Region clinic and concert Saturday, Jan. 28 in Irving at Nimitz High School beginning 5 p.m.
ROMS choir director Jena Bowling has had a successful run with her students at the All-Region auditions in the past and the hard work put in for the 2016-17 school year has certainly paid off.
“The sixth-grade auditions were Friday evening in Grand Prairie. We took 12 sixth graders and three placed in the choir. The seventh and eighth-grade auditions were Saturday all day at the same location, we took 22 kids and placed 12 in the choirs,” Bowling shared.
These fifteen students include:
Daniela Gutierrez- 12 chair, Sixth-grade choir Kylie Kestler- 8 chair, Sixth-grade choir Gaby Rodriguez- 7 chair, Sixth-grade choir Natalie Rodriguez- 20 chair, Honor Treble Faith Deraleau- 20 chair, Honor Treble Jadyn Lampier- 17 chair, Honor Treble Brenna Douthit- 16 chair, Honor Treble Avery Culpepper- 15 chair, Honor Treble Kira Griffin- 12 chair, Honor Treble Michela Alaniz- 7 chair, Mixed Girls Evelyn Hernandez- 4 chair, Mixed Girls Saadi El-Saadi- 14 chair, Mixed Boys Davion Mouton- 5 chair, Mixed Boys Joshua Koiner- 2 chair, Mixed Boys Landon Blanton- 2 chair, Mixed Boys Students competed against districts in the TMEA Region 20 area which include Cedar Hill ISD, Dallas ISD, DeSoto ISD, Duncanville ISD, Ennis ISD, Ferris ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Highland Park ISD, Irving ISD, Lancaster ISD, Midlothian ISD, Red Oak ISD and Waxahachie ISD. Students perform two pieces for a panel of five judges in a blind audition and are then ranked by the judges. The highest ranking students are placed into one of the Region Choirs.
“I am very proud of every student who auditioned. They all practiced for countless hours on this music, and their hard work paid off,” Bowling said.
Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL