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April 2018 Update

posted Apr 3, 2018, 8:27 PM by Marcus Jauregui   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 8:30 PM ]

Three of our choral ensembles attended the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Assessment March 6-8. In the same manner that STAAR aims to measure student mastery through various subject tests, UIL assessment for music courses provides a framework for teaching that ensures daily instruction is geared toward student mastery of our TEKS. Each ensemble must perform three selections of choral literature from the state-approved list, followed by a formal music literacy assessment. In the same way that an individual school does not “win the STAAR test,” an individual school cannot “win UIL.” The fact that ensembles who earn perfect scores receive a trophy is misleading because UIL for music courses is not a competition where there are winners and losers. Any ensemble that meets standards can earn a first division score. I am proud to report that our Men’s Chorale, Women’s Chorale, and Women’s Chorus each earned a first division score in performance and music literacy. For those who are interested, please visit the "Our Choirs" section to listen to their recordings. 

Furthermore,  our Boy’s Cantare and Girl’s Cantare attended the Katy Sixth Grade Choir Festival. This festival includes sixth grade choirs from Houston and Katy ISDs, and both of our choirs earned a first division superior rating. Choir assessment season is finally over for us, and I would like to thank each of you for your continued support of these students. Please mark May 3 on your calendars—this year’s theme for the choir spring show is MOVIE MAGIC, and the students will perform songs from many of their favorite films. See you then! J