Houston Choirs place astonishing 42 members into the All-West Choirs

The West Tennessee Music Educator Association hosts an annual series of concerts. Nicknamed  "All-West"  and "All-State" in the our GMSD music departments, students are selected through a stringent auditions process.  The groups place the top students from each region/state into choral groups, bands, and ensembles.  


Last month, the Houston Choirs placed 42 members in the All-Southwest Senior High Honor Choir. For the third year in a row, the Houston Choirs placed more students in the Honor Choir than any other school in the area.

"This is also the first time in the more than 60 year history of the Honor Choir, that any high school has ever placed more than 40 members in a single choir," beamed Dr. Billy Rayburn in an email to his fellow teachers at Houston High. These students’ exemplary work ethic and talent was truly put on full display this past weekend with forty-two students making the incredibly selective All Southwest Senior High Honor Choir and of these forty-two stellar singers, sixteen snagging spots within the top ten.

To understand the listing below, a "chair" number denotes their position in the choir--the higher the chair the more prestigious.  Houston High School had a VERY large number of students to place in top ten chairs for their respective choirs and vocal parts. 

Students are listed by Chair, Voice Part, Name, and Grade following the school name.
  • 003-All Southwest Honor Choir 25-1st Soprano Caroline Pillow Houston High School-10
  • 011-All Southwest Honor Choir 25-1st Soprano Katy Cotten Houston High School-09
  • 017-All Southwest Honor Choir 25-1st Soprano Caroline Phillips-Burk Houston High School-10
  • 019-All Southwest Honor Choir 25-1st Soprano Pradnya Desurkar Houston High School-09
  • 027-All Southwest Honor Choir 25-1st Soprano Grace Byrd Houston High School-10
  • 035-All Southwest Honor Choir 25-1st Soprano Addie Boccuzzi Houston High School-11
  • 004-All Southwest Honor Choir 26-2nd Soprano Rachelle Mitchell Houston High School-12
  • 008-All Southwest Honor Choir 26-2nd Soprano Arbed Villalobos Houston High School-12
  • 019-All Southwest Honor Choir 26-2nd Soprano Claire Herrington Houston High School-11
  • 023-All Southwest Honor Choir 26-2nd Soprano Laree Carter Houston High School-11
  • 027-All Southwest Honor Choir 26-2nd Soprano Lydia Waldrop Houston High School-10
  • 032-All Southwest Honor Choir 26-2nd Soprano Niki Lewis Houston High School-11
  • 005-All Southwest Honor Choir 27-1st Alto Diyora Temirova Houston High School-10
  • 006-All Southwest Honor Choir 27-1st Alto Jenna Crist Houston High School-11
  • 009-All Southwest Honor Choir 27-1st Alto Sarah Spain Houston High School-12
  • 011-All Southwest Honor Choir 27-1st Alto Landry Benzing Houston High School-11
  • 013-All Southwest Honor Choir 27-1st Alto Ellery Seymour Houston High School-10
  • 015-All Southwest Honor Choir 27-1st Alto Emily Ryu Houston High School-11
  • 018-All Southwest Honor Choir 27-1st Alto Faith Tidwell Houston High School-10
  • 033-All Southwest Honor Choir 27-1st Alto Allison House Houston High School-11
  • 003-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Taylor Stumph Houston High School-12
  • 004-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Delaney Hay Houston High School-11
  • 006-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Grace McKinney Houston High School-11
  • 007-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Maddie Van Horn Houston High School-11
  • 008-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Morgan Williams Houston High School-11
  • 009-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Abigail Myers Houston High School-12
  • 011-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Juli Anna Stanford Houston High School-12
  • 014-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Lauren Wages Houston High School-12
  • 015-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Sarah Jordan Houston High School-12
  • 025-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Brianna Elliot Houston High School-12
  • 028-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Regan Schutt Houston High School-11
  • 031-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Katherine Hoover Houston High School-10
  • 035-All Southwest Honor Choir 28-2nd Alto Arielle Mitchell Houston High School-10
  • 007-All Southwest Honor Choir 29-1st Tenor Josh Moon Houston High School-12
  • 015-All Southwest Honor Choir 29-1st Tenor John Thomas Houston High School-11
  • 016-All Southwest Honor Choir 29-1st Tenor Cameron Gibson Houston High School-12
  • 004-All Southwest Honor Choir 30-2nd Tenor Adam Porter Houston High School-11
  • 010-All Southwest Honor Choir 30-2nd Tenor Sam Perry Houston High School-11
  • 014-All Southwest Honor Choir 30-2nd Tenor Carson Scott Houston High School-09
  • 023-All Southwest Honor Choir 30-2nd Tenor Jack Emery Houston High School-11
  • 003-All Southwest Honor Choir 31-1st Bass Will Lowery Houston High School-12
  • 014-All Southwest Honor Choir 31-1st Bass Drew Taylor Houston High School-11
"I am extremely proud of their consistency, dedication, and desire to improve as musicians," wrote Dr. Rayburn in conclusion.

If you were to venture into the alcove of arts’ classrooms at Houston High School, you may be fortunate enough to overhear the melodious harmonies of our award-winning choral program. The program consists of five exceptional choirs, brimming with dedicated students who work tirelessly all year long to learn a variety of beautiful classical and contemporary pieces. The choir has presented these vocally-stunning pieces world-wide, everywhere from the Houston High auditorium to the Vatican to Carnegie Hall.

“We are all so excited to collaborate with other choir departments and create this art for the community together,” said newly-minted All-West member, JuliAnna Stanford, of the musical journey the students have ahead of them.

We wish these students the best of luck as they continue to progress their vocal talents apart of this choir and could not be more proud of their accomplishment.
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