Several Marble Falls High School choir students move up in competition

AUSTIN — A Czechoslovakian folk song didn’t keep several Marble Falls High School students from advancing to the next round of the Texas Music Educators Association’s all-state choir auditions.

Seven Marble Falls High students earned spots on the Region 26 choir with four also advancing to the TMEA Pre-Area auditions Nov. 27 at Eastview High School in Georgetown.

“We’re extremely excited,” said Marble Falls High choir director Bryce Gage. “The kids have been working extremely hard.”

The students selected for the region choir are Jesus Perez, Julia Weber, Mario Hernandez, Carolyn O’Connor, Blair Hambrick, Meghan Gonzales and Colton Davis.

Davis, Gonzales, Hambrick and O’Connor are also advancing to the pre-area auditions.

The Mustang choir members competed in the regional round Oct. 30 at Westwood High School in northwest Austin. The students are participating in a four-round audition process with hopes of performing as part of the TMEA all-state choir Feb. 13-16 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

The seven students will participate Nov. 10 in the  Region 26 high school clinic and concert at Leander High School.

While the four students advancing to the pre-area auditions are excited, the process only gets tougher, Gage said.

“Now they’ll have to perform a 10-minute Latin piece by Mozart and a German piece by Brahms,” Gage said. “And (the TMEA) adds sight reading this round. But that should work out for us because our kids are good at sight reading.”

Not only are the selections more challenging, so is the competition, the choir director said.

“Plus, only the top five from each (vocal range) advance to area,” Gage said.

The top 15 advance from region to pre-area.

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