Sophie Jordan Earns Place on the Honor Choir

Sophie Jordan Earns Place on the Honor Choir
Posted on 11/08/2017
Sophie Jordan Earns Place on the Honor Choir The first time Sophie Jordan took part in a Texas Music Educators Association all-region audition, she got it right, earning a place on the honor choir that performs at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Carthage High School Performing Arts Center.

The Nacogdoches High School freshman previously attended Regents Academy, where she took part in choir beginning in fourth grade. Sophie also plays violin, something she’s done for nine years.

She’s taken part in other competitions as part of an ensemble but last week’s contest in Henderson was her first as a solo audition.

“This is my first year doing any competitions like that,” she said Wednesday during a break from class.

Ryan Smith, the NHS choir director, praised Sophie’s work to get in the honor choir. “This was her first year to audition at this competition, and she worked hard to earn her place in the honor choir,” he said.

At the audition, students performed a portion of three of the pieces of music and sight-read eight measures of music for a panel of judges. Students were given four pieces of music to learn for the competition.

The students stand behind a curtain and perform their songs to musical accompaniment. The pieces of music included “Sweet Day” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “The Old Mill” by Kenneth Riggs, “Venga Nel Nostro Coro” by Antonio Salieri and “Closer to the Flame” by David Lantz. 

The eight measures used for the sight-reading portion of the competition were specifically written for the exercise, Smith said.