November 16, 2017
Jersey Village High School junior Victor Xia was one of two CFISD musicians to earn a spot on the Texas Music Educators Association 2018 all-state orchestras. Xia is in the all-state String Orchestra as a violinist. (Photo by Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS)
By Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS
Nov. 16, 2017—In a district loaded with talented musicians, two CFISD string players – Jersey Village High School junior Victor Xia and Cypress Falls High School senior Aaron Xu – earned spots on the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 2018 all-state orchestras.
Xu ranked 31st out of 42 viola qualifiers, earning a spot on the Philharmonic Orchestra, which is the second ensemble of three. Xia earned a spot on the String Orchestra as a first violin after he placed 88th out of 112 qualifiers.
Cypress Falls High School senior Aaron Xu earned a spot on the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 2018 all-state orchestras. He’ll play with the all-state Philharmonic Orchestra after ranking 31st out of 42 viola qualifiers. (Photo by Kathryne Skirm, Cypress Falls HS)
“I felt exhilarated when I first found out that I made it into the all-state orchestra,” Xia said. “It was an extreme relief knowing that all of my hours of hard work paid off.”
Said Xu, who was actually off guard in finding out his accomplishment: “I was extremely happy. A friend told me – I didn’t know the results were out.”
Both advanced through the process of competing locally and advancing through competition rounds, eventually becoming eligible for and earning the statewide audition. Xia for example, recorded and played eight different excerpts, which were sent to the TMEA office in Austin for evaluation.
“I prepared all summer, for about two hours each day,” Xia said. “Once school started, I had less time to practice, and I would be lucky if I could get in one hour of practice.”
Both Xia and Xu will perform with the all-state orchestra during the 2018 TMEA Clinic/Convention in February in San Antonio. They’ll join other participants in three days of rehearsals before performing to help close out the event.
And for both, it’s a proud accomplishment and accolade after years of hard work.
“Xia is an exceptionally talented violinist who has worked very hard to prepare the excerpts,” said Henry Robin, Xia’s private lessons instructor.
Said Dr. John Ricarte, Cypress Falls head orchestra director: “I am very proud of all that Xu has accomplished. His hard work, talent and tenacity has paid off. Xu is a great example to students on what one can accomplish when you put your mind to it.”