FISD Boasts 19 All-State Orchestra Students

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Nineteen Frisco ISD orchestra students have been accepted into the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association All-State ensembles.

“This is a six-month long process with students starting to learn full-length professional-level etudes in May. At the end of July, they begin preparing eight professional-level audition excerpts. Many of these are the same level as auditions for professional symphonies. However, in order to even record their audition, they must be accepted into the All-Region orchestras, which is yet a third set of music, “ noted Julie Blackstock, Liberty High School orchestra teacher and District secondary lead  orchestra teacher . “Once they have recorded their audition, it is submitted to the state to be judged against all the other students on that instrument from the State of Texas who have also submitted. Ultimately only 112 violinists, 42 violists, 42 cellists, 41 bassists, seven  harpists, and seven pianists are accepted out of all those who auditioned.”

Fine Arts Director Richard Oldham and Assistant Fine Arts Director Preston Hazzard have expressed their great pride in the achievement of these FISD students and noted that two of the 19, Kyle Monk of Independence High School and Meghan Le of Liberty High School have both earned All-State honors for all four years of their high school careers.

The following students were accepted into these All-State ensembles.
Centennial High School
Brian Lee (11), violin

David Moon (11), harp

Nikki Naghavi (11), violin
Independence High School
Kyle Monk (12), cello *

Shalini Namuduri (11), violin
Lebanon Trail High School
Kathleen Hopkins (09), harp

Marian Ma (10), harp
Liberty High School
Kaeon Cho (09), violin
Reedy High School
 Andrew Choi (11), cello

Clara Kim (09), violin
Centennial High School
Justin Kim (10), viola

Emily Yu (11), viola
Heritage High School
Kevin Kao (12), violin
Independence High School
April Chung (10), violin
Liberty High School
Meghan Le (12), violin*

Jonathan Peng (10), violin
<Reedy High School
Kevin Wang (12), piano
Centennial High School
Dennis Park (09), viola,
Lebanon Trail High School
Isabel Tu (10), harp

*denotes four years as All State

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