McAllen ISD leads way with most students selected for District Choir

McAllen ISD had 62 students selected for the Region X TMEA District High School Choir – the most of any school district in the region.

Hundreds of students from multiple school districts auditioned in the contest held September 28 at McAllen ISD’s Rowe High School.

“This is the highest amount by any school district over the last several years,” McAllen ISD Fine Arts Director Jim Egger said. “Our students took 39 percent of the chairs, which is more than one third of all available chairs.

In addition, McAllen ISD’s high schools finished one, two and three in the breakdown of most students earning chairs.

Memorial High had 22 students that were selected – the most for any school. McAllen High was second overall with 21 students and Nikki Rowe High was the third highest with 19 students.

“It is a very special audition when the top three schools at the audition are all from the same school district,” Egger said. “This is a testament to our strong music education program that is second to none.” 

McAllen ISD also had three students that were selected as the top performer in their section. The first chair students were: Destanie Moreno, Alto 2, Memorial High; Isaac Zamarano, tenor, McAllen High; and James Richardson, bass, Rowe High.

This audition is the first step for students to be selected for the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-State Choir. The Choir Directors are Omar Samaniego of Memorial High, Rigo Reyes of McAllen High and Joshua Watkins of Rowe High.

The students from Memorial High include: Soprano 1 – Audra Wright, Savannah De La Garza, Itzel Fuentes; Soprano 2 – Maya Peralez, Alyssa Galvan, Alexsis Ramirez; Alto 1 – Carla Reyes, Andrea Ashburn, Raven Espericueta, Adriana Trejo, Andrea Tamez; Alto 2 – Destanie Moreno, Janine Medrano; Tenor 1 – Gabriel Ramirez; Tenor 2 – Alex Chavez, Matthew Guerra; Bass 1 –Arturo Rodriguez, Christian Cuellar, Michael Cole; and Bass – Jose Medrano, Nicholas Houghton, Arturo Lopez.

The students from McAllen High include: Soprano 1 – Heather Gager, Aria Shirah, Christina Lopez; Soprano 2 – Samantha Ernest, Regina Perez, Roxeth Gonzalez; Alto 1 – Natalie Carmona, Ada Sadlier; Alto 2 – Arianna Shatto-Borrego, Evie Shirah, Sarah Vargas, Bailey Ousley, Pily Stevens; Tenor 1 – Isaac Zamarano, Aaron Reyes, Hector Lara, Daniel Su; Tenor 2 – Tyler Warwas, Brendan Lopez, Ryan Ramirez; and Bass – Kris Azufra.

The students from Rowe High include: Soprano 1 – Courtney Smith, Pamela Lopez, Daniela Sanchez, Dariana Munoz, Ana Ramirez; Soprano 2 – Emily Gonzalez, Melodee Rodriguez;

Alto 1 – Aleena Flores, Mayrin Perez; Tenor 1 – Dylan Moreno, Gabriel Esquerra; Tenor 2 – Jordan Murillo; Baritone – James Richardson, Oscar Humphrey, Ian Salazar; and Bass – Joseph Gonzalez, Adam Alvarado , Joey Partida, Rae-Jin Gaitan.