Honoring All-State Musicians

HHHS All-State Choir and Orchestra
By: Todd Martin
It’s been a unique year at Harker Heights High School for fine arts accomplishments and the school’s three all-state members recalled the glory this week when they added new plaques to the school’s trophy display.
Senior Juan Nava made all-state choir for the third year. Senior Jeesoo Min and freshman Grace Koh became the school’s and Killeen ISD’s first-ever all-state orchestra members.
The school received the official plaques recently and the students and their instructors gathered for another moment of congratulations.
The three all-state students made the top scholastic choir and orchestra in the state and took part in clinics and performances during the Texas Music Educators Association conference in February.
Though all three are busy with the end of the school year coming and are high-achievers academically, they agreed the time at the TMEA event three months ago was a highlight they will not forget.
“Really grand,” is how Koh, the 13th chair violinist in the state described it.
It was three days of nine-hour practice sessions and they said they loved it. “Being surrounded by players at that level, it’s challenging and it’s fun,” said Nava.
“It’s a time when we can be less focused on the notes and more focused on making music,” Min explained.
While intonation and timing are important, the senior and all-state violinist said, with so much talent on one stage, it becomes easier to get lost in the sheer beauty of the music.
“I loved the clinicians,” Nava said, “they are world-renowned. It was great to be around so many students our age with the same passion.”
Nava is planning to attend the University of North Texas and study music education. Min is planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study electrical engineering. Both are ranked in the top 10 of their class of 2019.
Min is completing the two-year Texas Bioscience Institute program and will earn an associate’s degree along with her high school diploma.
Harker Heights High School Principal Larry Brazzil, along with Orchestra Director Jeremy Cameron and Choir Director Tommy Haygood praised their students’ talent and dedication in the fine arts and beyond.
“It’s a great step for our program,” said Cameron earlier in the year. “It shows we’re going in a great direction. These students are the best of the best in the state.”
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