Choir stirs emotion among audience in Region 31 Concert


Mari Pletta

The TMEA Region 31 Treble choir performs a piece called “The Composition of a Kiss” by Padworski during the 2019 All Region Honor Choir concert on Saturday at the Grapevine First United Methodist Church. Parents and friends come to watch and enjoy an evening full of a variety of music sung by each choir.

Nanette Pottoore, Staff Writer

GRAPEVINE – The audience is silent as choir members on stage show their talents, by singing a variety of music with the help of instruments in the background. 

These individuals advanced to perform the Region 31 Concert at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine, which consisted of students from Coppell ISD, Birdville ISD, Carroll ISD, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD.

The choir was divided into three sections: Honors, Treble, and Mixed Choir. 

Members participate in the Texas Musician Education Association (TMEA) which has a total of four rounds. The top 16 chairs, plus 17 and 18 as alternates in case of an emergency, are considered Mixed Choir and will advance to the third round of TMEA: Pre-Area. Those who placed below 18 and are girls, get placed as Treble Choir. Finally, there is Honor Choir which is for freshmen and sophomores who don’t fall in either Mixed or Treble Choir. 

CHS co-choir director Bona Coogle said the Mixed Choirs is competing at Pre-Area in Southlake on Nov. 19. Of the top 16 chairs, five will advance to the final round, Area.

This concert allows each district to hear how other districts sing and work in the music for the next round. Members are given music prior to the concert to learn, as well as music given the morning of. They then perform all the pieces learnt depending on which choir they are considered in. 

“Some of these students have been learning since June, it’s been a long process” CHS co-choir director Aaron Coronado said. “But it is rewarding at the end of the day to watch the students’ faces after seeing them work so hard.”

There were three composers per choir, as well as musicians who played instruments as background music. 

“[The concert] felt euphoric, because you work so hard to get where you are and the songs become a part of your life,” CHS senior Abigail De Lazzari-Stacey said. “The standing ovation almost made me cry, and seeing all of my educators and my parents there made me feel so proud of myself and my friends who got to perform.”

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