This article appeared in the Aug. 28, 2018, issue of the student newsletter.
Four Eastfield students were selected this spring to sing in the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir in San Antonio.
Jamiah Sandles, Noe Lopez, Johnny Santillan and Vanessa Carrasco performed with the choir in concert, which was the conclusion to the Texas Music Educators' Association Conference, the largest music educators' conference in the world.
“This experience benefits the students individually as well as the program here at EFC,” said voice professor and choral director Melinda Imthurn.
The process began when the choral students learned eight challenging pieces of music in fall 2017. Some were learned as part of the classwork for the campus chorus, and much of it was learned independently. They then auditioned locally in Weatherford and, after passing that audition, were accepted into the All-State Choir.
At the conference, they spent three days rehearsing the music with the finest singers from two-year colleges all over the state. This year, the students worked with Dr. Wallace Long from Willamette University as their clinician/conductor. It was a new standard of musical excellence for all of the participating students as they worked with the top students from more than 30 institutions.
“The students are able to meet immense musical challenges and raise their standards of musical excellence in rehearsal and performance, as well as to increase their excellence in their individual music practice habits,” Imthurn said. “They bring back to the EFC Chorus those higher standards, and it benefits the other students as well as the group as a whole.”
The Office of Student Engagement and Retention funded the students' travel.