Full orchestra falls just short of top honor yet again


Keegan Williams

After countless rehearsals, Orchestra put their skills to the test while entering state’s TMEA Honor Orchestra Competition coming out with a second place finish.

Lucas Barr, Editor-in-chief

The campus full symphony orchestra placed second in the state’s TMEA Honor Orchestra competition for the third time in four years, with the results announced over the summer.

“When I saw the results I was really disappointed,” senior violist Shobha Melukote said. “Since it was my first year doing honor orchestra, I was really hoping to win since we get second everytime and we had an amazing program. We’re not sure if we’re gonna record yet and we plan on putting in lots effort whether we win or not.”

Full orchestra practiced their program at countless rehearsals early in 2018 which was also their performance for the UIL competition.   

“I am incredibly proud of the students because the pieces that we did,” orchestra director Julie Blackstock said. “One of them in particular was Dream for Me, something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, it’s Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 finale, and I’d wanted to do it at one point in my professional career, and it meant a lot to me that we were able to do that.”