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FBCA Students Represented at TPSMEA Southern Region Honor Choir

Sarah Patterson
Fifteen Fort Bend Christian Academy Middle School students were selected to participate in the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) Children's Honor Choir and Clinic
Fifteen Fort Bend Christian Academy Middle School students were selected to participate in the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) Children's Honor Choir and Clinic this Friday and Saturday. Joining 100+ select students from over 25 private schools across the southern region of Texas, students participated in sectional rehearsals, vocal workshops, and choir clinics led by renowned choral director Debra Moses. Learning how to better utilize their singing voices while rehearsing honors-level repertoire, the two-day clinic concluded in a public concert at Willow Meadows Baptist Church in Houston. 
 
"This weekend taught me how to be bold and that I wasn't afraid to sing in front of a large crowd," said Honor Choir participant Aleynah Akita, a sixth grader and second year choir student at FBCA. "My favorite part was practicing with the other altos and finally realizing why I love to sing." 
 
"I have enjoyed the whole choir program this year, and this weekend I loved being part of the team," added fifth grader and first-year choir student Harrison Millis. He describes how singing is an escape for him and loves the new friendships he made this weekend. 
 
Students selected for the Children's Honor underwent an audition process and began working on Honor Choir song repertoire in September. In October, they learned who was selected to represent their school at the Honor Choir weekend. 
 
"This weekend was a fantastic occasion to honor the hard work of our students and offer them opportunities to learn beyond the classroom," said Director Sarah Patterson. "From discovering fresh, new vocal techniques to forming friendships across the region with like-minded students at different schools, the TPSMEA Honor Choir weekend exposed our kids to more advanced levels of vocal music and the performing arts as a whole. I am so proud of our students and the growing choir program at Fort Bend Christian Academy."
 
The 2022-23 TPSMEA Children's Honor Choir students included FBCA sixth graders Aleynah Akita, Westley Morgan, and Paisley Patton, Sofi Seijo, and Sofia Villegas along with fifth graders Breanna Agwuenu, Harrison Millis, Liv Moore, Lynley Pipes, Jayda Pouncey, Kinley Rozell, Lily Soliman, Eve Weaver, Aaron Yee, and Sofia Zhu.
 
The Texas Private School Music Educators Association, founded in 1992, is an organization of over 220 private school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TPSMEA is comprised of four divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, and Elementary music. 
 
Fort Bend Christian Academy offers its students a comprehensive program beginning in lower school with enrichment classes in music and art, expanding to choir, band, and theatre in the middle and upper schools. 
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