35 ‘Superior’ Choir Singers Advance to State Contest

Midway High School Choir is on the path to success in this year’s UIL Solo and Ensemble competition. On Feb. 18, 46 MHS Choir students competed in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest with 35 singers earning a Division 1 “Superior” rating on their class 1 solo and qualifying for the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Additionally, four students earned Division 1 “Superior” ratings on their class 1 ensemble, also advancing to the state competition. 10 more soloists earned a Division 2 “Excellent” rating on their class 1 solo. The Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest will be held on May 27 and 29 in Austin.

Congratulations to the following singers on advancing to state!

Soloists: Amy Agado, Alissa Ayers, Eliana Barbur, Asher Beck, Jack Clark, Alex Conaway, Sam Conaway, Heather Curtiss, Madeleine Denman, Noah Doss, Jackson Fischer, Madison Follis, Gabriela Gonzalez, Emily Goss, Madeline Greener, Mia Gulley, Cole Harris, Leah Holden, Ivy Ingram, Jonas Jackson, Jorden Johnson, Andrew Joseph, Kenny Liang, Colin Mathis, Zoe McKeever, Savannah Ortiz, Katriel Oyler, Jaden Rankin, Hannah Rose, Lauren Sincerney, Daria Smith, Wyatt Somers, Maci White, RenaEvelyn Wilhite, and Ryker Young.

Ensemble: Asher Beck, Sam Conaway, Noah Doss, and Wyatt Somers.

To prepare for the competition, singers learn and memorize a solo or ensemble from the class 1 category, which is the most difficult classification on the UIL Prescribed Music List. Each singer then performs their selection in front of a judge who evaluates every aspect of their performance and awards a rating from 1 to 5.

Midway also saw success in the local UIL Solo and Ensemble competition this year with 79 singers earning a Division 1 “Superior” rating on their class 2 or 3 Solo or Ensemble and18 singers earning a Division 2 “Excellent” rating on their class 2 or 3 Solo or Ensemble.

Midway Choir sees great success at these events thanks to a dedicated team of voice teachers: Julianne Best, David Guess, Tina Hays, Kate Bishop, and Shawna Furman; and the following accompanists who spend countless hours preparing students: Maggie Stith, Mary Bashara, and Shawna Furman.