Congratulations to Alan Olmos for making the Texas All State Band for a third straight year! After competing and advancing in 3 separate tryouts among thousands of students from across the state, Alan earned the highest possible state honor for individual competition and is again part of the Texas All State Band. This year he took an extra challenge and chose to compete at the 6A level and beat every other student from Sugarland throughout the entire South Texas and Valley Area with 1st chair and straight 1st place scores from all 5 judges.
He will be traveling to San Antonio in February to perform with the best of the best! Congratulations to all 7 of the VEHS students who advanced to the All State Tryouts this last Saturday to be a part of the highest challenge.
- Miranda Aguilar
- Alan Bailey
- Jessica Lam
- Anthony Lowery
- Alan Olmos
- Willord Simmons
- Rachel Wood
Titan Pride and God’s Blessings,David Edge, Director of Band, VEHS Fine Arts Department Head
Victoria West Senior, Vanischa Stephens, and Victoria East Senior, Samuel Gross, will perform with the Texas All-State Choirs in San Antonio, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. They were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels.
This is Vanischa and Samuel’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. And they are the first students EVER from their schools to earn a place with the All-State Choirs. The TX All-State choirs are the top performing groups in the state of TX with students selected from a process that began back in September. Over 60,000 music students auditioned to be a part of one of these groups. Vanischa and Samuel were named to the All-District Choir, and continued with their audition for the All Region Choir in November. Both Vanischa and Samuel ranked as chair number 2 in the All Region choir, and became Area candidates for the All State Choir. Vanischa competed against all of the Area Candidates from Area G this past Saturday and received the 5th highest ranking out of all of the Alto II singers. This means that Vanischa is one of the top 35 Alto II’s in the entire State of Texas!!! She ranked as the 1st chair Alto II for the Women’s Choir. Samuel ranked 8th Chair out of the Tenor 1’s and will be performing with the All State Men’s Choir. All-State performances will be held as part of the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention, Feb. 11–14, 2015. Over 26,000 people from Texas and beyond will attend over 315 workshops, 88 concerts, and visit over 1,100 exhibit booths at this nation’s largest music educators convention. We are so proud of Vanischa and Samuel and the talent, dedication and determination they have shown in their pursuit of excellence!!
Jennifer Allison, Victoria East Titan Choir
Last year a new Victoria tradition was founded as VISD premiered their first district wide musical, Little Shop of Horrors. This year VISD is staging an even bigger musical, Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA! Crazy characters and candy inspired sets will abound at the Fine Arts Center on January 15th, 16th, 17th.
You may purchase tickets at the Victoria Fine Arts Center during normal business hours (M-F 8am-5pm) or Buy Your Tickets HERE – Click Here for Vendini Tickets
This fantastical musical is inspired and based on the original movie starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The story line is exactly the same with just a few new additions and a more modern version of some of the characters and dialogue.
- Wily Wonka will feature students from all levels of VISD, starting with 5th graders and including middle school students all the way up through high school. With a cast of over 40 students, more than a dozen different campuses from VISD will be represented. In addition to playing all the zany roles on stage (like Oompa Loompas and nut sorting squirrels) the show will also showcase VISD students in every facet. From running all the technical components of the stage to the pit full of musicians. That’s right, there will of course be a full live orchestra pit full of student musicians.
The show is directed by Randy Wachtel, with musical direction by Mr. Ken Peach and choral direction by Mrs. Jennifer Allision. The VISD Musical is a showcase of all things Fine Arts related in VISD.
This is a show that appeals to people of all ages, young and old alike. The Fine Arts Center will be showcased in all its glory, including fantastical sets with things that fly and swim and change colors. Lights that will amaze, delight and confound. And musical numbers and dancing to lift everyone’s hearts! The opening song says it all….Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination!