Remarkable occurrences happened for Timber Creek on Oct. 8 as 40 people and three alternates were named in All-Region Choir. The students gathered to audition for round two of All-State and also for ninth and 10th graders to audition for an honor choir.
Timber Creek took 35 choir students and two alternates to round three and ended up with 17 advancing to the next round and two alternates. TCHS Choir also grabbed 10 spots in the district treble choir and 15 spots in the ninth and 10th grade honor choir.
History happened in this round when Xavier Bailey became the first ever freshman at Timber Creek to ever place in first on his voice part. Bailey was very nervous as the announcer gave out the names.
“Once they came and said Aidan’s name (a junior student), I thought I didn’t make it,” Bailey said.
When it was declared that he made first chair, Timber Creek choir celebrated Xavier Bailey’s victory, screaming his name and congratulating him on his success.
This year marked many new segments to the All-State process, primarily because Timber Creek is a part of a new region.
“These auditions this year have been very different because of our new region,” said fourth chair tenor 1 Jacob Rodriguez. “In our region this year, they had the men audition a month earlier than last year, and we also don’t get comment sheets ’til round three.”
In this new region, Timber Creek gets to compete with new competitors which makes it difficult for auditioners since it is competition they haven’t experienced yet.
Seasoned All-State participant Hannah Davis said, “We didn’t have to sightread at the first round, and we also received the cuts about three days prior to the audition.”
Another action the new region introduced was the creation of the ninth and 10th grade honor choir. Since the All-State music is challenging for underclassmen, freshmen and sophomores will have a chance to be in All-Region choir by auditioning for this process. The system and level of music is much easier for them, and it extends them the opportunity to improve their premature voices.
Emmie Ambrose, a freshman alto, said, “I was never nervous until I was actually behind the curtain auditioning.”
Talking about the ninth and 10 grade honor choir system, Ambrose made 11th place in her room and was ecstatic when she found out. The ninth and 10th honor choir audition on Oct. 8 was so popular that voice parts like soprano and alto had to be split into 4-6 rooms, taking as little as seven students in each room.
Round 2 was very peculiar this year, but the TCHS choir held it together because of the students’ dedication to music and the hope of achieving All-State.
Davis said, “I’ve continued to do it this whole time also, because making it once really motivated me to keep auditioning…the experience was something I wouldn’t trade for anything.”
Congratulations to everyone who made an All-Region Choir:
Jordan Davis-1st alternate
Sierra Williams-2nd Alternate
Ninth and 10th grader honor choir