Suzanne Scott, Memorial High School director of bands, knew she had a special group of flute players.
After consulting with Memorial flute clinician Alison Steele, Scott decided to apply for the flute choir to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) convention in February 2023.
Scott and Steele began preparing for the application by choosing flute choir music and working with students to perfect their performance. Weeks later, they recorded a session in the auditorium and submitted the application.
On Aug. 9, Scott received an email notification from TMEA executive director Frank Coachman.
“You have been selected!”
“We are so honored and excited that the Memorial flute choir was selected to perform at TMEA,” said Scott. “The students have worked very hard to be the best performers and this is a wonderful opportunity to shine light on their musical talents.”
Every year, only approximately 1,500 high school students across Texas are selected by TMEA to perform ensembles in band, orchestra and choir through competitive applications.
Scott and Steele note that they are working hard this fall with their flute players to prepare for the 30-minute concert.
The TMEA convention will be hosted from Feb. 8-11 in San Antonio. This annual event provides opportunities for professional development for current and future music educators. To promote their commitment to excellence in music education, the convention includes performances by ensembles at every grade level.
Stephanie Han, All-State musician and drum major for the Mustang band, has played the flute since she was eight years old and has been a part of the band for four years.
“I am very honored and excited to have the opportunity to perform at the TMEA convention!” said Han. “This will be my first time performing live at such a high level. I am grateful to be part of such a hardworking and passionate team.”
Han notes that band has been a special part of her high school experience and even though she does not plan to major in music, she looks forward to continuing to play the flute in various ensembles in college.
Houston Hayes, SBISD director of Performing and Fine Arts, was also ecstatic to find out about the prestigious opportunity.
“This is a huge honor, not only for the amazing band program at Memorial but to the entire SBISD Fine Arts Department,” said Hayes. “The dedication of the students and directors continues to be an example for programs everywhere. I could not be more proud of the wonderful work being done by the Memorial band.”
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