Tovar, Perry named first chair for TMEA Region V Small School Choir

Jay Hinton
Glen Rose Reporter
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GLEN ROSE — For the first time ever, the Glen Rose High School Choir had two students selected for first chair in their sections at the TMEA Region V Small School Choir Auditions held last month.

Sophomore Avril Tovar and senior Blake Perry earned that honor for Glen Rose and they advanced the Pre-Area Virtual Audition to be held Nov. 28.

“It's really a big deal. It's kind of like saying we have the best soprano and the best tenor around,” Glen Rose Choir Director Samuel Teal said. “I think it gives them a huge sense of pride, and it definitely gives our choir pride, too. It brings the students a lot of excitement to know that we have students with that kind of talent in our choir.”

A total of 150 students from around the area auditioned, including 13 from Glen Rose, and eight of the 13 were selected to be in the All-Region Choir.

“It's so cool to see this many kids in our choir excel in this competition,” Teal said. “Being a part of this choir is a major opportunity for them to sing with the best singers in our region.”

In addition to Tovar and Perry, sopranos Jillian Kirkley and Gracie Smith, altos Ashlynn Perry and Kellis Giesen, and basses Christian De La Cruz and Collin Beatty were honored.

“They are a very humble, fun and caring group of students,” Teal said. “This is truly a great accomplishment for them and a statement of how awesome it is to be in the Glen Rose High School Choir.”

The Area Round will be held in January.