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PHS choral students awarded 119 1st division medals at UIL competition
Plainview High School choral students walked away with 119 1st division medals and 45 students qualifying to advance to state competition following the Region 16 UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest held last week at Frenship High School.
According to assistant choral director Sally Bass, this is the largest number of 1st division medals earned at one time by the PHS Choirs in her 14 years of teaching in the district.
The students advancing to state consist of 26 soloists and five madrigal groups involving 45 students.
Soloists sang art song literature from the classical and romantic time periods for competition. Selections were sung in other languages including German, Italian and Latin. All literature had to be performed from memory.
“Students spent almost two months preparing their repertoire for the event which included consistent vocal coaching, rehearsing every day, self-discipline, and willingness to change and correct physical attributes to improve vocal tone and projection,” said PHS choral director Dr. Debra Buford.
They received daily vocal coaching from Dr. Buford and Mrs. Bass. Mr. Ed Quillin, a vocal specialist, assisted students during the last two weeks before competition listening, critiquing, and helping students achieve higher level singing skills. Dr. Steve Weber and Dr. Brian Kuhnert from Wayland Baptist University also volunteered their time to coach a few students to the finish line.
“It takes a community to help so many students have a chance at attaining the opportunity to compete at the state level,” said Dr. Buford. “Mrs. Bass and I were fighting the flu in the last week of practice and the additional help was much needed.”
The five madrigal ensembles advancing to state competition performed a cappella music from the Renaissance time period.
“This music is difficult as students in these groups cannot be conducted nor allowed to use any instrumentation for pitch,” said Buford. “Students had to practice setting their own tempos, starting, stopping, and developing dynamic lines that occurred intrinsically with each performance member. Each madrigal had 5-10 performers per ensemble. The five ensembles advancing to state comprise 80 percent of the entire A Cappella choir membership.”
Soloists advancing to state competition are Emily Ballard, Roselena Beardsley, Kelsey Beaty, Kamille Carrasco, Madi Carson, Emily Collins, Claire Daily, Emily Franklin, Armando Gonzalez, Gillian Gonzales, Peter Guajardo, Camarie Henderson, Samantha Hernandez, KioVantae Hill, Alyssa Hurta, Kyle McClenagan, Caleb Martin, Abraham Molina, Lanie Nelson, Timothy Reyes, Justin Josiah Rodriguez, Kamren Smock, Allyson Solis, Erin Wilkinson, McKinley Whalen and Kershawn Whitaker.
Students advancing to state in the five madrigal ensembles include:
Madrigal 1 - Erin Wilkinson, Sage Landeros, Emily Franklin, Claire Daily, Abraham Molina, Avan Daughtry, Dylan Price, Lizzie Taylor, JJ Rodriguez,and Timothy Reyes.
Madrigal 2 - Emily Ballard, McKinley Whalen, Kamren Smock, Kershawn Whitaker, and Caleb Martin.
Madrigal 3 - Marie Azua, Lauren Hukill, Samantha Hernandez, Alyssa Hurta, Allyson Solis, Milca Jaime, Kyle McClenagan, Angel Cardiel, Ryan Brundage and KioVantae Hill.
Madrigal 4 - Caleb Sigala, Kelsey Beaty, Gillian Gonzales, Peter Guajardo, Camarie Henderson, Josue Hernandez, Emily Collins, Tryston Brown, Kamille Carrasco, and Madi Carson.
Madrigal 5 - Natalie Hernandez, Nayeli Benevides, Catherine Delgado, Brandon Luna, Abraham Molina, Ashley Gauntt, Ben Brooks, Estrella Chairez, Mattieu Quintero, and Carson Miles.
The PHS Chamber singers also competed and walked away with 18 gold medals for pop ensemble. Pop ensemble competition ends at region and does not advance to state.
State competition will be held in May at the University of Texas in Austin.