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Nine choir students qualify for State Solo and Ensemble

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    Sulphur Springs High School Choir students will be sending nine choir students to Austin in May to compete in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble contest, including one student who is entered as part of an ensemble and a soloist.

    These students were among 11 to earn first division ratings at Thursday’s Region 4 Solo and Ensemble Contest at Texas A&M University-Commerce as either part of the nine-student vocal ensemble Counterpoint of the Animals or one of three to earn ones for their solos.
    “I’m impressed with all of the students who participated because they spent many hours outside of the school day to prepare for this competition. We had a good handful of freshmen, which is exciting because they’re embarking on a wonderful journey of choir competitions. These experiences will only enhance and grow their musicianship and performance skills,” said Beth Crutcher, Sulphur Springs High School choir and music history instructor.
    The vocal ensemble Counterpoint of the Animals which earned a one this week, consists of seniors JT Grant, Savannah Ritchie and Deandre Wright; juniors Teresa Botello, Jessica Ibarra, Madi Rater and Bryton Wood; sophomore Samantha Pennington; and freshman Jonathan Cook.
    Madi Rater also earned a one Thursday for her solo “Ave Maria.” Soloists Sarah Massey, a sophomore, and freshman Karolina Espinoza also earned ones on their Grade 2 solo “Have You Seen but a White Lily Grow.”
    “All students involved in the ensemble will go to State in Austin in May. Madi Rater will also take her solo to state in May,” the SSHS choral music instructor said Frday.
    The Texas State Solo and Ensemble competition will be held May 24-26, at the University of Texas at Austin.
    SSHS choral music students will be giving a pre-UIL concert “Gloria for All Seasons” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 31 at First Baptist Church. The concert will feature multicultural music, traditional American hymns and classic choral literature




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