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The Foundation for Music Education Awards Ten Plano ISD Schools with 2016 Mark of Excellence

September 15, 2016


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From a total of 236 high school and middle school musical ensemble entries, Plano ISD had ten winners in the 2016 Mark of Excellence competition awarded by the Foundation for Music Education. A record number of entries entered the competition via recordings in the Spring of 2016.

Plano West Senior High Chamber Orchestra Spring 2016

Plano West Senior High School Chamber Orchestra, Spring 2016.

In this competition, the top 25 percent of entrants are selected as national winners and the second 25 percent receive commended honors. The groups receive trophies, recorded and written comments from nationally renowned adjudicators and a compilation recording of the national winners.

Robinson Middle School Wind Ensemble, Spring 2016

Robinson Middle School Wind Ensemble, Spring 2016.

“Plano ISD’s strong music program continues to make us extremely proud of our talented and hardworking students and their directors. The expert commentary and sample recordings from the national winners make this competition a powerful learning experience. National recognitions such as the Mark of Excellence program are evidence of the dedication of our students and teachers, as well as the support of our amazing parent community," said Kathy Kuddes Plano ISD's director of Fine Arts and Special Programs. "I’m joined by my Plano ISD colleagues in congratulating these deserving winners.”

Rice Middle School Acappella Treble Choir

Rice Middle School Acappella Treble Choir, Spring 2016.

Mark of Excellence National Winners

Jasper High School Wind Ensemble
National Winner/National Wind Band Honors project
Directed by Jackie Digby

Plano West Senior High School Wind Ensemble
National Winner/National Wind Band Honors project
Directed by James Hannah

Plano West Symphony
National Winner/National Orchestra project
Directed by Ryan Ross and James Hannah

Plano West Chamber Orchestra
National Winner/National Orchestra project
Directed by Ryan Ross

Rice Middle School Tenor Bass Choir
National Winner/National Choral Honors project
Directed by Chelsea Farmer

Robinson Middle School Wind Ensemble
National Winner/National Wind Band Honors project
Directed by Kimberly Hernandez

Mark of Excellence Commended Winners

Jasper High School Legacy Orchestra
Commended Winner/National Orchestra Honors project
Directed by Matthew Moreno

Plano East Senior High Wind Ensemble
Commended Winner/National Wind Band Honors project
Directed by Evelio Villarreal

Rice Middle School Acapella Treble Choir
Commended Winner/Nation Choral Honors project
Directed by Chelsea Farmer

Robinson Middle School Varsity Treble Choir
Commended Winner/National Choral Honors project
Directed by Kimberly Ahrens

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