March 29, 2018
Cook Middle School choir students Gabriel Hernandez (left), Elliana Dendy, Sofia Loyo, Larissa Bates, Kasia Tran and Quynh Hoang were accepted as finalists for the 2018 Middle School Honors Performance Series in June and will perform at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall.
March 29, 2018—Six Cook Middle School choir students were accepted as finalists for the 2018 Middle School Honors Performance Series and will perform at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall in June.
The students – Gabriel Hernandez, Quynh Hoang, Kasia Tran, Larissa Bates, Elliana Dendy and Sofia Loyo – will be part of the Honors Junior Choir. They’ll take part in the program, scheduled for June 20-24. It includes working with master conductors and directors, rehearsing and interacting with other finalists from across the country, and a celebration showcasing their talents. In addition, finalists will get the opportunity to visit New York City’s most famous landmarks and see a Broadway show.
Finalists earned the opportunity through a difficult review process, with the six CFISD students joining others from Texas and 43 other states, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan.
The Honors Performance Series features both choral and instrumental ensembles at the middle school and high school level.
“I am extremely proud of these students for taking their choral training to the next level,” said Stefanie Stephens, Cook Middle School choir director. “They all exhibit the qualities that we want in our students: self-discipline, respect for themselves and others, and a phenomenal work ethic. This opportunity will help them to grow as musicians and will provide them a chance to meet other singers like themselves from all over the country. They will get to work with a world class conductor and also to perform in Carnegie Hall. These students will showcase our wonderful choral programs in not only Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, but also in the great state of Texas.”