McAllen ISD dominates All Region, Pre-Area Choir with 36 selections

McAllen ISD High School Choir students continued their dominance with the most students selected for the TMEA Region High School Choir, following virtual auditions held recently. 

McAllen ISD had 36 students selected for the Region 15 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) High School Choir Region and Pre-Area auditions. That is the most of any school district in the region.

“This was the second round of auditions and McAllen ISD High School Choir students continued their dominance in our region,” McAllen ISD Fine Arts Director Jim Egger said. “McAllen ISD had 47 percent of all chairs.”

James “Nikki” Rowe High had 15 students selected, the most of any school.

McAllen ISD also had 19 students advance to January’s TMEA Area audition, placing them one step away from the TMEA All-State Choir. Again, Rowe High had the most students (10) of any school advance to the Area contest. 

Four McAllen ISD students were selected as the top performer in their section, claiming half of the available spots. These first-chair students are:

Alto 2 – Evie Shirah, McAllen High
Tenor 1 – Dylan Moreno, Rowe High
Tenor 2 – Tyler Warwas, McAllen High
Baritone – James Richardson, Rowe High 

 Here is the break down by school:

Rowe High (10 Region/Area and 15 Region)
Soprano 1 – Daniela Sanchez and Janelle Enriquez
Soprano 2 – Dariana Munoz
Tenor 1 – Dylan Moreno and Gabriel Esguerra
Baritone – James Richardson, Oscar Humphrey, Alejandro Vega, Gabriel Banda and Ivan Sanchez
Bass – Joey Partida, Joseph Gonzalez, Adam Alvarado, Donovan Hernandez and Michael Banda 

McAllen High (Six Region/Area and 14 Region)
Soprano 1 – Heather Gager and Kendall Warwas
Soprano 2 – Aria Shirah, Catherine Bynum, Roxeth Gonzalez, Regina Perez, Jenika Montes 
Alto 2 – Evie Shirah, Sarah Vargas and Pily Stevens 
Tenor 1 – Hector Lara and Daniel Su
Tenor 2 – Tyler Warwas
Bass – Ismael Hernandez   

Memorial High (Three Region/Area and seven Region)
Soprano 1 – Itzel Fuentes
Soprano 2 – Alyssa Galvan    
Alto 1 – Carla Reyes and Anranza Repreza
Alto 2 – Janine Medrano
Tenor 2 – Joshua Villarreal
Bass – Jose Medrano

Special thanks to McAllen ISD Choir Directors!

McAllen High Choir Vertical Team
Bo Shirah, McAllen High Choir Director and Vertical Team Leader
Lizette Ochoa, McAllen High Assistant Choir Director
Arianna Cervera-Astudillo, Morris Middle School Head Choir Director
Christopher Adame, Morris Middle School Assistant Choir Director
Carlos Alfaro, Travis Middle School Choir Director

Memorial High Choir Vertical Team
Omar Samaniego, Memorial High Choir Director and Vertical Team Leader
Kelly Hinojosa, Memorial High Assistant Choir Director
Crystal Ortiz, Brown Middle School Head Choir Director
Jeanette Cervantes, Brown Middle School Assistant Choir Director
Renee Leonard, Cathey Middle School Head Choir Director
Roberto Garza, Cathey Middle School Assistant Choir Director 

Rowe High Choir Vertical Team
Joshua Watkins, Rowe High Choir Director and Vertical Team Leader
Veda Ojeda, Rowe High Assistant Choir Director
Gabriel Trevino, Rowe High Assistant Choir Director
Lauren Albright, De Leon Middle School Head Choir Director
Chloe Gonzalez, De Leon Middle School Assistant Choir Director
Priscilla Ouellette, Fossum Middle School Head Choir Director
Natalie Castalleno, Fossum Middle School Assistant Choir Director