Elementary student earns top music honor

Already a standout among his musical peers in Garland ISD, one district student is now a standout across the state. Eleven-year-old Michael Moore first started turning heads in the Garland ISD Children’s Chorus last school year, an audition-only choir featuring the district’s top fourth and fifth-grade talent.

“His pure voice was a standout in our audition process, and we were proud to have him as part of the fifth-grade choir that was invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association conference in the spring,” said directors Brenda Hass and Lyndsey Alecusan.

But after that special experience, Moore auditioned once again for the Texas Choral Directors Association Honor Choir. He was among more than 800 fourth, fifth and sixth-graders throughout the state to try out. Just 150 earned a spot.

“Michael has a wonderfully supportive family that helped him prepare all summer,” commented Hass and Alecusan. “We met once with him to make sure he would be ready, and he came with his music already learned.”

In July, the Honor Choir met for two-and-a-half days to study under the direction of Ruth Dwyer, associate director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and artistic director of the Columbus, Indiana Children’s Choir. This once-in-a-lifetime experience then concluded with a performance of six pieces, including signing and choreography, to a crowd of more than 1,000 choral directors, families and guests.

“Michael made us all proud,” reminisced Hass and Alecusan. “His family filled an entire row in the ballroom at the San Antonio Convention Center as he performed a memorable concert that spoke to the hearts of every performer and every audience member.”

The Garland ISD Board of Trustees recently recognized Moore for his outstanding representation of the district. He received an Evidence of Excellence award during the Aug. 28 board meeting.

Moore is continuing his love of singing this school year as a sixth-grader at the Classical Center at Brandenburg Middle School. The hard work and dedication that he’s shown this far will no doubt continue to make him a leading choral artist in Garland ISD for the years to come.