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Musicians get state honor and TMEA standing ovation

Lone Star College-CyFair’s talented musicians earn All-State recognition and a standing ovation at the recent Texas Music Educators Association annual convention.

Eight LSC-CyFair students participated and performed at the 2011 TMEA convention in San Antonio, including two members of both the LSC-CyFair Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band as well as six choral members.

“We are proud to announce that saxophonists Cheryl Nichols and Matthew Janik made the prestigious Texas All-State Symphonic Band,” said Dr. John Wolfskill, LSC-CyFair music professor. “They were selected through a highly competitive state-wide audition of collegiate instrumentalists.”

Alex Qian, LSC-CyFair’s artistic director of vocal activities, said his choral students, including Monica E. Cummings; Virginia C. Faure; Allen C. Castle; Natalie A. Dierdorf; Jorge G. Aguilar; Chase Dorin, obtained an experience of a lifetime at the TMEA convention.

“All of them demonstrated their interest in the improvement of their skills and demonstrated great demeanor during the program,” Qian said. “All of them expressed their gratitude to the program and said that they had learned a lot about themselves and their craft.”

LSC-CyFair’s choral students were among 140 vocalists attending Dr. Eduardo Garcia-Novelli’s clinic and then performing the closing concert under his direction.

“The students gave an incredible performance. The crowd was absolutely moved and astonished with the quality of the sound and the selection of the music performed,” Qian said. “The encore song was quite an experience as the students formed a circle around the entire audience, sang a capella and then received a standing ovation.”

To experience first-hand the talent of LSC-CyFair’s musicians, bring the family to the April 8 choral performance “Gloria” by Vivaldi and then to the April 27 Jazz Ensemble performance “Jazzjam2.”
For tickets and information, go to LoneStar.edu/boxoffice or call 281.290.5201.