SSHS Strings students hit the right notes in first UIL competition

From Staff Reports

April 8, 2008 - A group of Strings students from Sulphur Springs High School posted phenomenal results at the UIL Strings Orchestra Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, held Thursday, April 3, in Tyler.

The Strings students were competing for the first time in a high school-level University Interscholastic League contest.

The group scored a second disivion or "Excellent" rating in the prepared music, or stage, competition, then received first division or "Superior" ratings in sight reading, considered an "exceptional showing for a first-time group."

"This was a wonderfully positive learning experience for all of us," said Sarah Klein, director of the SSHS Strings program.

The contest was held at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, with the SSHS musicians going up against groups from schools with traditionally larger campus populations. Sulphur Springs competed against Longview, Marshall, Kilgore and Tyler in East Texas Region 21 because it is the only orchestra group in its competitive music area, Region IV.

"It is a great accomplishment for our Strings program," said Cindy Welch with the fine arts department at SSHS.

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