Music is in the air at Melissa High School, where four students have been selected to perform at All-State events.
A trio of Melissa High School students received the nod from the Association of Texas Small School Bands to perform with the 2020 All-State Band in February in San Antonio.
Senior Emma Piyakhun, an oboe player, percussionist and junior Jack Griset and Dasha Stepanova, a sophomore who plays the flute, are members of the Mighty Cardinal Band, which is under the direction of Jerry Whorton.
Each teen placed in the top chair of their section at the area-level competition.
More than 10,000 student musicians from throughout Texas entered the All-State Band competition. The Melissa teens are among 280 students who were selected to perform.
“These three students displayed high-levels of hard work and dedication throughout this extensive process,” Whorton said “I am very proud of their perseverance and drive toward high levels of success.”
Last fall, 39 Melissa High School students landed spots in the All-Region Band, and 20 advanced to area-level competion.
Meanwhile, senior Andru Wilson is one of nearly 1,800 students statewide who were chosen to perform as part of the All-State Small School Mixed Choir. He was also named first chair in the tenor section.
The choir will take the stage at the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic and Convention Feb. 15 in San Antonio.
A member of the Melissa High School choir, Wilson sings under the direction of Ryan Smith and Adrianna Iennusa. It is the teen’s second time to place in the All-State Choir.
Wilson competed at the district, region and area levels, performing portions of “For Us There is No Other Help but Thee” by Pavel Chesnokov and “Kyrie” by Nicola Porpora. With only 30 seconds to practice, he was required to sight-read eight measures of music.