Stafford Choir students are singing and performing their way across Houston and Texas! The Choir’s musical performance, GREASE, was the only performance accepted in the Theatre Under The Stars’ Tommy Tune Awards Program from a 3-A size school district! The event held this week at the Hobby Center, included SHS seniors Eleonore Verkerk and Tyler Winchell, performing in the show’s finale, and SHS senior Haley Davis as a backstage crew member. Eleonore was also awarded a $1,000 Tommy Tune Scholarship which she will use towards her continuing studies in Musical Theatre and Vocal Production at Texas Tech University. The entire Tommy Tunes program will be rebroadcast on Channel 13 on Sunday, June 3rd, from noon to 2 pm. Go Spartans!
All five Stafford Middle and High School Choirs performed in the Stafford Civic Center at their Annual Spring Choir Concert and Broadway Pop Show. Seven choir members will participate in the NAACP ACT-SO Competition at the Hyatt-Regency in Downtown Houston. The competition showcases talent in Academic, Cultural, Technology, Sciences, and Performing Arts. The students and categories of participation are: Frankie Broussard – Playwriting; Bianca Beal – Vocal Contemporary & Vocal Classical; Haley Davis – Vocal Classical & Vocal Contemporary & Original Essay; Jahi Harrison – Vocal Classical, Vocal Contemporary, Modern Dance; Courtney Jackson – Modern Dance; Marshay Lewis – Photography; and Princess Robertson – Vocal Classical, Vocal Contemporary, Original Piano Jazz Performance. Go Spartans!
Next Saturday the SMS Concert and Mixed Choirs will compete in Director’s Choice “Music Across Texas” Vocal Contest in Galveston and on Sunday Fidel Angel Romero will audition for a chair in the Houston Grand Opera High School Studio for a year-long internship with the Houston Grand Opera. The following weekend (May 4-5) the SHS Varsity, Mixed, and Concert Choirs will compete in the “Music Across Texas” Contest in San Antonio, and on Friday, May 11th, the Choir will host its Annual Awards Banquet which includes Senior Recognition and the Stafford Idol Contest Finale. The banquet is at 6:30 pm in the Civic Center and tickets are $10. Go Spartans!
Eight choir students are advancing to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest after winning Gold Medals at the area contest! The students are Katrina Alf, Lela Beal, Marian Bilocura, Haley Davis, Jahi Harrison, Princess Robertson, Fidel Angel Romero, and Y-Lan Truong. Go Spartans!
Four choir members graduating in May have been accepted to colleges to pursue their passion for performing. Haley Davis – Stephen F. Austin; Eleonore Verkerk – Texas Tech; Jahi Harrison – Prairie View A&M; and Tyler Winchell – University of Houston. Go Spartans!
This week, two SHS Bands attended Concert and Sight-Reading Contests and for the 3rd year in a row, Stafford earned a Sweepstakes Trophy!. Under the direction of Alan Vasquez, the Concert Band received a 1st Division on Stage and 2nd Division in Sight Reading. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Rod Rodriguez, received straight ones on Stage and in Sight-Reading! District band program directors are very proud of both bands! Go Spartans!
Stafford Choir Alumni are making news in their continued pursuit of Performing Arts education/careers: Taylor Rasberry – Berklee School of Music in Boston; Rojan Easo – Houston Baptist University; Vicky Mason – Lamar University; Bryan Bilocura – University of Houston; Michael Foucher – Prairie View A&M; James Honore’ – Clark Atlanta University; Aarianna Longino – Prairie View A&M; and, Marcus Green and Michael Cooper – building their business in music production and entertainment. Go Spartans!
The Stafford Spartan Athletic Booster Club Banquet is Friday, May 4 at 6:30 pm in the Stafford Centre. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 713-305-2099.
Commencement exercises for the SHS Class of 2012 are scheduled for Thursday, May 31at 7 pm at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land. Following graduation, the 2012 Pro-Grad committee has planned a lock-in that will continue to make the graduation night memorable! Beginning at 11 pm in the high school gym, graduates will celebrate with games, food, music, and prizes.
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