Thirteen St. Pius X High School vocal music students earned Superior rankings at the TAPPS Region 3-5A Solo and Small Ensemble contest hosted on the campus of St. Pius X on Saturday, Feb. 2.
With their Superior rating of I on a Class I Solo, each of the following soloists advanced to the TAPPS State competition in April: seniors Allison Shely, Hallie Smith, Janelle Walker, Laura Loustalot, Adrian Gonzales, Branlyn Jones, Erik Sandstrom, Jesse Lara, junior Kendall Chancellor, and sophomores Thinh Huynh, Nathan Murphy, Gregory Fails and Claire Mouton.
“Our TAPPS region has really sound musical pedagogy and we are proud to have had such an outstanding and record-setting showing at this contest,” Senior Choirmaster Mr. Patrick Spedale said. “The contestants from all of the schools in our region were really well prepared, according to our judges. The work of our vocal coaches is really to be commended. Under their leadership, we were able to have more solo contestants and state advancers than ever before. Our previous state advance record was nine.”
SPX was represented by 20 soloists in all. Junior Miranda Turner was awarded an Excellent rating of II on a Class II solo; seniors Stefani Culver and Emily Massey earned a Superior rating of I on a Class III solo; and juniors Kaitlin Belmares and Adriana Turner and sophomores Ashley Holt and Gabrielle Williams garnered a Superior rating of I on a Class II solo.
“The SPX students and their teachers/accompanist were exceptional in their talent and participation,” said Dr. Terry Morris, Director of Music Ministry at First United Methodist Church in Houston, and one of three judges at the contest.
The scoring for the TAPPS Choral Competition consisted of ratings: 1 – Superior, 2 – Excellent, 3 – Good, 4 – Fair, 5 – Poor.
The SPX Music Department took the lead in the region with a record-breaking 19 Superior ratings for solos, and continues a long tradition of excellence in musical performance and presentation. Vocal solo students are coached by Mr. Carlton Ford and Ms. Julie Allison.