The Foundation for Music Education and their Board of Trustees recently shared that Round Rock ISD has four winners in the 2019 Mark of Excellence! According to Managing Director Rick Yancey “The adjudicators were so pleased with the amazing level of performance, and the difficulty of the literature that was performed. The students performed incredibly well, mature beyond their years, and that is a tribute to their talent, their training and their wonderful teachers.”
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. All these groups have worked very hard to add this recognition to their achievements.” Congratulations to:
The Canyon Vista Middle School Honors Orchestra, directed by Ragan Whatley, has been selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Orchestra Honors Project.
The Walsh Middle School Honor Band, directed by Jennifer Bergeron, has been selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Wind Band Honors Project.
The Round Rock High School Wind Ensemble, directed by David Mobley, has been selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Wind Band Honors Project.
The Round Rock High School Symphony Orchestra, directed by Sandra Vandertulip. has been selected as a Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Orchestra Honors Project.
The Round Rock High School Wind Symphony directed by Brittany Graham, has been recognized as a 2019 Citation of Excellence Winner in Class 6A.
The Cedar Valley Middle School Symphonic Band directed by Logan Bonathan, has been recognized as a Commended Winner in Class 2A.
The Westwood High School Wind Symphony, directed by Brittany Dacy, has been recognized as a Commended Winner in Class 6A
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 320 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.
The Foundation for Music Education is dedicated to the support and advancement of music education.