CHS Choir Student Receives Outstanding Soloist Award at State

June 17, 2009

The Central High School Choir Department completed another strong showing at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin on Monday, June 1. An outstanding soloist award went to Luke Perkins for being select as the top soloist that his judge heard over the two day contest. The Outstanding Performer award is the equivalent of a first place award out of over 150 state-qualified soloists from across Texas.

In solo competition, 22 students out of 27 contestants received medals, including 9 superiors and 13 excellent ratings. Gold medals were awarded for superior ratings to Jonathan Ayana, Sarah Caroline Billings, Claire Bryan, Matt Groth, Andrea Maciejewski, Luke Perkins, Zach Schulze, and Logan Wright. Sheena Gibbons received a superior rating on a piano solo. Silver medals were awarded for excellent ratings to the following students: Alek Alba, Adrian Chapa, Jill Cummings, Kasey Dugger, Sheena Gibbons, Tayler Jones, Mary Lewis, Kelly Linthicum, Kayla Ponder, Michel Tegeler, Marina Velez, Allie Weatherby, and Elizabeth Wells.

In small ensemble competition, superior ratings (bronze medals) were awarded to seniors Jonathan Ayana, Matt Groth, Zach Schulze, and Logan Wright for the men's quartet "The Animals 'A Comin". Excellent ratings on girls' ensembles were awarded to Jill Cummings, Andrea Maciejewski, Michal Tegeler, and Elizabeth Wells on the French quartet, "Il est bel et bon", Claire Bryan, Mary Lewis, and Tori Trowbridge for the trio "You Lovers That Hath Loves Astray", and Sarah Caroline Billings, Kayla Ponder, Marissa Saulnier, and Allie Weatherby singing "The Messenger of Love".

The soloists were accompanied by Wade Bray and Beth Walker. Les Cole is the choir director at Central High School.