Ursuline News

Fall 2020 Music Roundup


Starting each fall in auditions across Texas, the best high school music students are selected to rehearse and perform during the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention and TPSMEA All-State/Convention in one of the honor bands, orchestras, and choirs. Two Ursuline musicians – Anastacia Chu (viola) and Irene Kim (violin) - qualified to represent TMEA Region 20 after October online auditions.

Irene Kim '22, violinist, advanced to the final round of tryouts in November and was announced on November 17, as a member of the esteemed TMEA All-State Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2021 TMEA Clinic/Convention will be hosted as a virtual event on February 11-13.

Six Ursuline vocalists were announced on November 2, as members of the Region 1 TPSMEA All-Region Choirs. Virtual auditions were held the week of October 26, and earning chairs in the Mixed Choir were Abby Dondis '24 (Soprano) and Mi-Lan Hoang '21 (Alto). Chosen for the Treble Choir were Maddox Short '22 (Soprano), Carolyna Joseph '21 (Soprano), Grace Keller '22 (Soprano), and Sameera Chiruvolu '24 (Alto). Also, Sophomores Anastacia Chu and Hannah Davis were named as alternates for the choir.

Mi-Lan Hoang '21 advanced in the auditions for the TPSMEA All-State Choir and was selected for this elite vocal ensemble after state-wide adjudications November 9. This will be Mi-Lan’s second appearance with the state honor choir.

On December 11, four members of the Ursuline-Jesuit String Orchestra were announced as members of the 2021 TPSMEA All-State Orchestra. Representing Region I in the honor orchestra, which will be restyled as a virtual event for the spring of 2021, will be Irene Kim (1st chair violin - Concert Master), Anastacia Chu (7th chair viola) and Emma Luo (8th chair viola).


The cancellation of the 37th annual SOUNDS OF THE SEASON, featuring almost 150 students musicians from the band, choirs, and string orchestra, did not stop the ensembles from redesigning their annual holiday concert. A video presentation by the students has been created and will be available before Christmas. The students of both Ursuline and Jesuit enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to share their performances with family, friends, and their school communities, and to help keep music alive during the days of COVID-19. We hope you will enjoy their gift to you!

Celebrate the holidays with INSTANT CONCERT, Christmas music on demand, created by the members of the TRI-M Music Honor Society. The musicians recorded individual and small ensemble performances that are accessible by scanning the QR code on posters located around the Ursuline campus. Web link coming soon- please check back!