Frenship HS places three in All-State Choir
Three Frenship High School students hit all the right notes when they were named to the Texas All-State Choir.
Brady Holmes, Ashley Washburn and Katrina Wilson earned positions in the All-State Choir after auditions on Jan. 12 in Abilene. They competed against students from the Panhandle, Central Texas and the Dallas metroplex. The trio of students will travel to San Antonio in February for three days of musical training and rehearsals. Concerts will be held Feb. 16 in the Lila Cockrell Theatre in the San Antonio Convention Center.
Brady, a junior this year, was named to the choir as a first tenor. This is his second year to make All-State Choir.
“Last year, it was kind of surprising,” Brady said. “I feel more accomplished this year.”
Brady said he was more confident going into the rehearsals because he succeeded last year.
“It felt a little bit easier because my confidence level went up,” he said.
As he prepares to go to San Antonio, he said he looks forward to “a lot of fun, a lot of practicing. We practice for six hours a day, maybe more.
“The choirs are going to sound amazing.”
Brady said music is a big part of his life now, and he is wavering between career options in medicine or in music.
Katrina is a sophomore this year, and it is her first time to make the All-State Choir. She will perform as a first soprano. Last year she made it to Pre-Area.
“This year, I was really determined to make it to State,” she said, adding that she dedicated herself to practicing. “I was really excited, and I worked really hard to get there.”
But she added that if she had not made All-State, she would have kept working and trying to make it next year.
“I knew it wasn’t my last chance and it wasn’t going to define me if I didn’t make it,” Katrina said.
On a different day, Katrina, known as Kat to her friends, said she might not have made it.
“With sight reading, you just never know what’s going to happen in that room. You could totally mess up or you could do fantastic,” she said. But she grinned as she said she did great on the day of the auditions.
She is excited about singing with talented musicians from all over the state at the All-State Choir concert, as well as seeing people there to support her.
Someday, Katrina hopes to have a career in musical theater.
“I just really want to go into music, because that’s where my passion is, that’s where my heart is,” she said.
Ashley, a junior, earned a spot in the All-State Choir as a second alto. It will be her first time to attend All-State.
“I started trying out when I was a freshman. And when I was a freshman, I was kind of intimidated,” she said.
This year, she dedicated her entire schedule to singing.
“I got a voice teacher. I’d never had a voice teacher before. I practiced at home every day. And in the shower,” she said with a laugh. She also stayed after school “a lot” for help from choir instructor Billie Lu Billett.
Ashley said as a child, she wanted to be a veterinarian, but as a middle school student, she realized she has musical talent.
“I figured out it was something that I could do,” she said. “I really want to put that to use.”
She is excited to head to San Antonio for All-State, she said, especially because she will learn a lot from the director.
“I just think it’ll be a great experience for me to grow as a musician and to meet people who are great musicians.”
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