KATY, TX – Several Katy ISD music ensembles will start their new school year with distinguished state recognition.
At the end of July, the Texas Music Educators Association named Alexander Elementary Choir the number one Elementary School Choir in Texas, while Beckendorff Junior High took the top spot in the School String Orchestra Division.
Six other Katy ISD music groups were among the top 10 recognitions. Alexander Elementary Choir and Beckendorff Junior High Orchestra received an honorary invitation to perform at the February 2023 TMEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Each year TMEA holds a statewide contest to recognize the highest performing ensembles across Texas. To be considered, each group must submit a recording of their ensemble to a panel of judges for evaluation and provide a final state ranking.
“This year, Katy ISD had eight groups that advanced to finals, which was the most of any district in this state-level competition,” said Damon Archer, Executive Director of the Fine Arts Department in Katy ISD. “Students were anxiously awaiting these results during the summer. To receive this prestigious recognition just weeks from the first day of school will surely contribute to a motivating school year."
The final rankings for each Katy ISD group, by division, are:
Alexander Elementary Choir – 1st Place
Junior High/Middle School String Orchestra Division
Beckendorff Junior High – 1st Place
Tays Junior High – 4th Place
Junior High/Middle School Full Orchestra
Cinco Ranch Junior High – 6th Place
High School Full Orchestra
Seven Lakes High School – 2nd Place
Tompkins High School – 4th Place
2C Junior High/Middle School Band
Memorial Parkway Junior High – 10th Place
6A High School Band
Tompkins High School – 9th Place