There will be plenty of Sherman High School students heading to Austin in May for the State UIL Solo and Ensemble contests for band, orchestra and choir.

There will be plenty of Sherman High School students heading to Austin in May for the State UIL Solo and Ensemble contests for band, orchestra and choir.


The Sherman High School Choir competed in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Regional competition in February and brought home 73 medals, with 28 students advancing to the state competition in May at the University of Texas at Austin. This is the most choir students who qualified for state in recent history.


"These students should be commended for their hard work and dedication to the great art of music and representing themselves and our school well," said SHS Choir Director Ryker Dillard.


The SHS Band students performed extremely well at the regional UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, bringing home 88 medals with 70 students qualifying to go to the State Contest in May.


"We’re so proud of all the students who competed," said SHS Band Director Ryan Jenkins. "It’s exciting to see them grow as musicians and to be rewarded for their commitment to their craft."


Eight SHS Orchestra students also qualified for the State Contest in Austin – bass quartet, cello duet, and solos for cello, violin and piano.


"These students are amazing in so many ways," said SHS Orchestra Director Melba Avila. "They work so hard and invest so much of themselves to learn and become great musicians. We are so proud of them."


Also in February, Emily Estes performed at the Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio where more than 14,000 music teachers gather across the state for their annual convention.


Emily, a sophomore at SHS, made the Texas All-State Mixed Choir by placing first chair at the Area auditions. This process began in September with more than 15,000 students across the state, ending in January at the Area competition.


Emily’s placement makes her one of the top 224 singers in the state of Texas! This is the second year in a row a Sherman High School choir student has made a Texas All-State Choir.