Choir, Band Students To Perform in All-State Concert
TPSMEA Clinic/Concert in Richardson January 25-26
Twenty one band, jazz band and choir students from The John Cooper School were adjudicated into the Texas Private Schools Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-State and will travel to Richardson, Texas for TPSMEA All-State Clinic and Concert on January 25 and 26.
Student vocalists Ally Coulton, Ben Currin, Brooke DeMarco, Maci Flanagan, Mohib Jamil, Matt Krehbiel, Conor Patterson, Mitchell Shannon, Oliver Tipler, Mady Tozer and Vanessa Vaz were named to the All-State Choir. Band students who were named to the All-State Band were: Travis Birdsall and Will McDermott (percussion); Jenna Braun, Sophia Godfrin, Olivia Sauber and Vera Yang (flute); Pranik Chainani (bass) and Shen Dai (clarinet). Samuel Frison (bassoon), and Cadan Hanson (trumpet) are jazz band students who were named All-State.
Accompanied by Cooper’s Director of Choirs Rae Moses and Director of Bands Tony Yarborough, Cooper musicians will join others from around the state for clinics and rehearsals prior to performing in concert on January 26 at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.
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Moses, who is completing the second two-year term on the TPSMEA Board of Directors as VP of the Vocal Division, said he has most enjoyed selecting the music and working with the conductors of the All-State Concert. This year’s conductor will be Caroline Cruse, who is the Director of choirs at Texas Tech. This year’s selection of music, ranges from J.S. Bach to a selection that connects with recent world events. “We didn’t set out to find pieces that are socially relevant, it just happened that two of the pieces are. It’s a great example of art commenting on society.”
The John Cooper School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory day school. Our mission is to provide a challenging education in a caring environment to a diverse group of select students, enabling them to become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, responsible citizens and leaders, and lifetime learners.