Honor Orchestra Results

I am so pleased to share some incredible news – on Sunday, Jasper High School’s Legacy Orchestra ranked 2nd place in the TMEA Honor String Orchestra competition!  In its most generalized form, this means we have been ranked the 2nd best string orchestra in Texas for this school year, an accomplishment made even more remarkable when one considers that Jasper was the only campus in the state-wide competition that must compete without the experience of 11th and 12 graders!  This reflects the incredible work ethic that has come to be expected from the students at Jasper High School.  A big congrats is owed to the students at Martin HS in Arlington ISD and their director, Michael Stringer.


1.  Martin HS

2.  Jasper HS

3.  Plano West SH

4.  Westwood HS

5.  Liberty HS

6.  Seven Lakes

7.  Allen HS

8.  Austin HS

9.  Clements HS

All-Region Results

Congrats to the following Jasper Orchestra members who made All-Region!  I’m very proud of your hard work and the result of that hard work.

If you did not make it, remember this:  You are only in 9th or 10th grade, and you were competing against 11th and 12th graders from some very good programs.  You still have time to gather yourself together and make another stab next year as a more experienced player.

If you have an asterisk * next to your name, this means that you have qualified to tape for All-State.  If you are prepared to do that, you will let me know on Monday.  If you choose to NOT tape for state because you have not been working on the music, you will also tell me that on Monday so that the next person on the list gets the chance.  If you are within 2 or 3 spots short of taping, I’ve put a % next to your name.  My suggestions is to practice hard this weekend as if you will be taping — usually several people on each instrument drop out, and there is a chance you will be asked.



Kevin Bai* – 4 (vln I)

Tim Wang* – 5 (vln I)

Samantha Choo* – 7 (vln 1)

Raymond Chen* – 21 (principal 2nd)

Daniel Che% – 28 (vln 2)

Heewon Kim – 39 (vln 2)


Navin Ahire* – 3

Jarod Stone* – 6

Serena Cheng* – 10

Nisha Rajesh* – 14


Angel Yi* – 1 (principal)

Daniel Zhong* – 7

Gahwon Lee* – 11

Richard Zhu* – 15



Cedric Hu – 1 (concertmaster)

Emily Nam – 8 (vln I)

Choong Gao Lee – 9 (vln I)

Boris Tsang – 14 (vln I)

Sharon Son – 26 (vln II)

Kevin lee – 28 (violin II)

Kathleen Shao – 32 (vln II)

Sharon Zang – 33 (vln II)

Tiffany Kang – 39 (violin II)

Brian Lee – 40 (violin II)

Matthew Zhao – Alternate 1

Darshan Shaastri – Alternate 4

Patrick Yu – Alternate 5


Zoie Fan – 6

Luke Fullington – 7

Angela He – Alternate 3


Collin McMahon – 11

Michael Lee – 12

Jacqueline Chou – Alternate 2


Kate Dedrick – 2nd bass

Reegan Jiang – Alternate 1

2nd Place in The American Prize

546363_10150903154907729_1923589305_nI’m pleased to announce that last year’s Legacy Orchestra and full Symphony Orchestra have been named the 2nd place winners in The American Prize in Orchestral Performance (High School Division).  This is a great honor and one we are very proud of!  In 2013, Jasper’s orchestra was named the 1st place winner, but this year that honor goes to our friends just down the road at Allen High School!

Just a few weeks ago, last year’s symphony orchestra was named the sole National Winner in the National Orchestra Honors competition administered by the Mark of Excellence Foundation.

National Winners, National Orchestra Honors

I am pleased to announce that Jasper High School’s Symphony Orchestra was named the sole National Winner for the 2014 National Orchestra Honors (high school full orchestra).  This is the nationwide competition that is the orchestra division of the Mark of Excellence program administered by the Foundation for Music Education.  We were selected by submitting our recording from last year’s TMEA performance in San Antonio, and this is the first time that Jasper’s Symphony has received this distinction!  .

Although the competition had entrants from 32 states, all but one of the winning orchestras are from Texas…. this is a particularly strong testament to the strength of music programs in our state!  We are also proud that there are 3 other Plano schools among the National Winners (in different categories), and a fourth in the Commended Winners section.

Full results can be viewed HERE.