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Katy ISD Schools Shine in TMEA's Honor String Orchestra Competition

KATY, TX [November 2, 2023] – On Sunday, October 22, the Seven Lakes High School (SLHS) orchestra ensemble received the highest recognition from the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) for their submission in the Honor String Orchestra category. The Jordan High School ensemble earned second position in the same competition, securing the top two spots for Katy ISD schools.

After a highly competitive process that included multiple rounds and stages of advancement, the SLHS Symphony Strings ensemble emerged among all competitors and will have the honor and privilege to perform at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio on Thursday, February 8, 2024. Their performance will be held at the Cockrell Theatre from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., showcasing their outstanding music talent in front of music educators from across the state. This honor is only bestowed upon the winner from each category as agreed upon by a panel of judges.  

“We are extremely proud of these students and their directors for their outstanding performances and accomplishments at the TMEA State Competition. Their success is the biproduct of hours spent practicing and refining their skills, both individually and collectively,” said Damon Archer, Executive Director of Fine Arts at Katy ISD. “To have a Katy ISD school perform at the TMEA Convention is a great honor and speaks to the dedication and talent of these students and the director, as well as a testament to the support of the arts by the district and the entire Katy ISD community,” he added.

“I am so incredibly proud of these fantastic students who have sacrificed so much for each other. To earn this great privilege after advancing to the final round last year is so humbling and gratifying,” said Desiree Overree, Orchestra Director at SLHS. “We would also like to thank the entire Spartan community for all of their support and encouragement,” she added.

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