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Vocal victory: Three girls make All-State Choir

All-State Choir members Rachel Smith, Marissa Hernandez and Bailey DeBerry sing through a selection from their All-State music in the choir room.

Only the top 3 percent of singers will make it. Only the best in the state.  Only the best…

More than 55,000 students from all school classifcation sizes competed in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State process and last week the final few auditioned for a spot in the TMEA All-State Choir, which includes 1A through 5A students together. After pushing through all-district, region, pre-area and area, three members of Canyon High Chorale made it through to All-State Choir. Senior Rachel Smith placed 10th in  Alto 2, senior Marissa Hernandez placed 10th in soprano 2, and sophomore Bailey DeBerry placed 10th in soprano 1.

“I felt incredibly honored when my name was announced,” Smith said. “I am grateful for my directors and voice teacher who helped me get to this point and all the encouragement from my friends and family. I give all the glory to God.”

In each audition, individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each voice part and a sight reading selection, where participants sing music they have never seen before.

“Sight reading is not my forte,” Hernandez said.” So, the hardest part was pushing myself to sight read every night. It’s an honor to be in All-State and it’s nice to know that others appreciate my passion.”

The All-State Choir will perform in Austin Feb. 12-16. These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual state TMEA Clinic/Convention.

“It’s great to be able to be a part of it again this year,” Hernandez said. “It means so much to me to be around the people who share my passion.”

Their final performance will be before thousands of attendees bringing this extraordinary event to a close.

 “It’s an honor to know that my hard work finally paid off,” DeBerry said. “And when you work really hard for something, and if you put your heart into it, it can happen.”

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Josh Collins
Josh Collins, Associate Editor
This one time, in Australia… Hello everyone! My name is Josh Collins, and I am an associate editor. I am a senior at Canyon High and am involved with several clubs and organizations. I am the president of Key Club, the president of National Honors Society, and am involved heavily with the American Sign Language Honor Society. I am also in the PRO program as well as the CHS End It movement. This summer I took a trip to Australia to attend a week long program at the University of Melbourne for the Young Leaders Winter Program. It was the best trip of my life, it opened my eyes to many cultural differences, and I loved every second. I also worked this summer at Ceta Canyon Methodist Church and Retreat Center. It was my second year working there and was an amazing experience. If I’m not at home napping, I am probably at Sonic or the movies. I love sushi, music, the ocean and writing! I especially love writing entertainment review and features. For college, my dream is to return to the University of Melbourne.

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