BHS choir students earn All-Region honors

Dale Ellis, Ballinger High School

Kira Garcia and Nicolaas Holder were named to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 6 Honor Choirs.

Ballinger High School students Nicolaas Holder and Kira Garcia were selected for the TMEA Region 6 All-Region Choir.

Kira Garcia, a sophomore at Ballinger High School and daughter of Gillian and Ryan Lange, was named to the 2020 TMEA

Region 6 All-Region Choir as a result of a recorded virtual audition on October 14. Kira also advanced to the Pre-Area audition by placing in the top twelve chairs of her alto voice part. Pre-Area is Round 2 in the three-step audition process for the Texas Small Schools All-State Choir.

Nicolaas Holder, a freshman at Ballinger High School and son of Larry Holder, was named to the 2020-2021 TMEA Region 6 East Zone Middle School/Freshman Tenor/Bass All-Region Choir as a result of a recorded virtual audition that took place

November 4. This is Nicolaas’s third year to be named to this choir.

Normally these accomplishments would lead to participation in a clinic and concert, but because of TMEA Covid-19 guidelines, there can be no in-person concert until March of 2021, so we will remain hopeful that these events will be possible in the spring.

“We are so proud of the achievements of each of these students and their service to the Ballinger High School Vocal Music Program,” stated Dale Ellis, BHS Choral Director.

the real rewards for their accomplishments were to be participation in their respective clinics and concerts, which are presently on hold. Although these events are not happening now, their being named to these choirs are major accomplishments and represent significant growth to their musicianship.