We kicked off 2018 with the official launch of a brand new outreach program, Music Doing Good in Service! Music Doing Good in Service provides teachers and students with an experienced pianist, educator, and conductor to help with rehearsing, recording, individual coaching, and more.
Phillip Hall, the program director for Music Doing Good in Service, worked with students in multiple school districts and at multiple campuses, including Presbyterian School, Northside High School, and Energized for STEM Academy. Phillip worked closely with the students on both ensemble numbers and solo selections. Throughout the semester, Music Doing Good in Service has recognized students from the program for their outstanding work, and as the school year comes to an end, we’re highlighting the two students that we highlighted earlier and announcing the third student spotlight for Spring 2018! All three students were seniors in high school this year, and while we’re sad to see them go, we can’t wait to see where their futures take them!
Our first student spotlight was Emily Garcia, a graduating senior at Aldine ISD’s Carver High School. Earlier this year, Emily successfully auditioned for a spot in the All-State Choir, earning one of the twelve positions for fiercely coveted by girls from around the region. In the Region 33 solo/ensemble, Emily excelled and earned the highest ranking possible, performing Charles Gounod’s setting of Ave Maria. Emily plans to study music or veterinary science at Prairie View A and M University. Congratulations to our first Music Doing Good in Service honoree, Emily Garcia!
Our second student spotlight was Saul Mena. Saul started singing at the age of 8 while attending church. His greatest musical memory while attending Carver was participating in the Houston Heritage Society’s Christmas celebration. Saul is undecided about his immediate post-Carver plans, but he is certain his future will involve some aspect of music (performance or production). Some of his favorite artists are Travis Scott, Drake and Migos. In his spare time, Saul enjoys playing soccer, video games, and dining on seafood. Saul credits music for driving away boredom and keeping him focused on positivity. Music Doing Good in Service salutes Class of ’18 graduate and four year choir student, Saul Mena!
Our final student spotlight of the year is Bobbie Villaloboz. Bobbie, also a graduating senior, was in the Carver High School Choir for four years. She received high enough rankings in her UIL competition that she was invited to the state competition in Austin. Most notably, Bobbie’s academic tenacity has earned her the number one ranking in her Class of 2018. She is planning on attending Bryn Mawr University in Pennsylvania. Kudos to valedictorian Bobbie Villaloboz!
We can’t wait for even more student spotlights in Music Doing Good in Service’s second year!