2018 Mark of Excellence Winners Announced!

The Foundation for Music Education and their Board of Trustees recently shared that Round Rock ISD has seven winners in the 2018 Mark of Excellence!  According to Managing Director Rick Yancey “The adjudicators were very impressed with the outstanding level of the performances. These students perform incredibly well, mature beyond their years, and that is testament to their talent, their training, and their wonderful teacher / conductors. This achievement is also a credit to the support of their school districts and school district leadership.”

Director of Fine Arts, Lisa Roebuck says “I am so proud of all these ensembles representing the excellent program RRISD provides for fine arts to students.  It is just one indicator that RRISD is tied for the largest number of recognitions within Texas and that goes to our incredible students and their directors.  All these groups have worked very hard to add this recognition to their achievements.”  Congratulations to:

The Canyon Vista MS Honors Orchestra, directed by Ragan Whatley, has been selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Orchestra Honors project.

The Round Rock High School Symphony Orchestra, directed by Sandra Vandertulip, is a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Orchestra Honors project in the Full Orchestra category.

The Westwood Symphony Orchestra, directed by Joshua Thompson and Jack Green (retired), is a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Orchestra Honors project.

The Round Rock High School Symphony Orchestra, directed by Sandra Vandertulip, is a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence /National Orchestra Honors project in the String Orchestra category.

The Cedar Valley Middle School Honors Band, directed by Pete Alvarado, is a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Wind Band Honors project.

The Cedar Ridge Wind Ensemble, directed by Nolan Loyde (currently RRISD Assistant Director of Instrumental Music), is a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Wind Band Honors project.

The Walsh Middle School Honor Band, directed by Jennifer Bergeron, is a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Wind Band Honors project.

The McNeil High School Wind Symphony, directed by Joshua Munoz, is a Commended Winner in the Citation of Excellence for 2018.

The Mark of Excellence consists of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors. It is a competition, entered by recordings, in which the top quarter are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors. This year 279 of the finest musical ensembles in the nation entered the competition. The project has now received entries from thirty-eight states. All the groups receive recorded and written comments from the adjudicators, and also a compilation recording of the performances of the National Winners. These Round Rock ISD ensembles are wonderful examples of musical achievement, and are a tremendous credit to the Round Rock ISD school district.

The Foundation for Music Education is dedicated to the support and advancement of music education.