Waxahachie ISD choirs achieve new high marks at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading event

Waxahachie High School hosted the UIL Region 20 Junior High and High School Choir Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation on April 13, 2021, at the Waxahachie ISD Performing Arts Center.

Waxahachie High School and the district’s three junior high campuses participated in the evaluation which consisted of two instructionally evaluated portions. The concert portion included selections of three songs, two accompanied by the piano and a third performed acapella.

Students then proceeded to the sight-reading portion where they were challenged to sing never-before-seen music in a timed-performance assessment. Students were evaluated in each portion of the evaluation by a panel of three certified Texas Music Adjudicators Association judges who utilized a rubric provided by the University Interscholastic League.

WISD Fine Arts Director Dr. Phillip Morgan noted that even though vocal music programs have faced considerable challenges due to COVID-19 restrictions, operating procedures, and UIL guidelines, “our choir programs persevered and provided students with significant opportunities to showcase their learned skill sets in front of the judges.”

He continued, “I am incredibly proud of our high school students and directors in their increase of ensembles and instructional efforts to bring home so many sweepstakes awards. I am also pleased with our junior high programs, who continue to improve, with Howard leading the charge this year in ensembles entered and sweepstakes earned.”


Six Waxahachie High School choirs were evaluated in the event and were awarded six new pieces of hardware, five Sweepstakes trophies, and one sight-reading plaque. To earn a Sweepstakes trophy, teams must average a score of one in both sight-reading and concert choir. 


Directed by Carrie Forehand: 

Varsity Mixed Chorale - Sweepstakes 

Varsity Treble Choir - Sweepstakes 

Varsity Tenor/Bass Choir - Sweepstakes 


Directed by Cassie Arrington: 

Non-Varsity ‘Advanced Ladies’ Treble Choir - Sweepstakes 

Non-Varsity Select Tenor/Bass Choir - Sight-reading plaque (2 on stage) 

Sub Non-Varsity Concert Treble Choir – Sweepstakes 



Howard Junior High took a record number of ensembles to UIL, entering three choirs to compete. Other first-time accomplishments included receiving Varsity Treble Sweepstakes, Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass Sweepstakes, and Sub Non-Varsity Treble Sweepstakes. Howard ensembles were directed by Jeremiah Ieppert.


The Finley Junior High Tenor/Bass choir received a Sweepstakes trophy as well in the Non-Varsity category. The program worked efficiently to capitalize on the men’s area of vocals approaching the UIL event this year. Finley ensembles were directed by Grace Nelson.


The Coleman Junior High program entered Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass and Varsity Treble ensembles. Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass received an excellent (2nd Division) rating in both concert and sight-reading, with the Varsity Treble ensemble receiving an excellent rating in the concert portion. The Coleman ensembles were directed by Mike Huffstetler. 


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