Spillane MS orchestra named Houston Cup finalist
The Spillane Middle School varsity orchestra, led by directors Jeannine Adams and Michelle Wollum, was among six ensembles honored as finalists for the 2023 Houston Cup, which recognizes excellent orchestra teaching and directing at the middle school level in greater Houston.
Sept. 22, 2023—The Spillane Middle School orchestra was named a finalist for the 2023 Houston Cup for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes excellent orchestra teaching and directing at the middle school level in greater Houston.
Spillane, led by directors Jeannine Adams and Michelle Wollum, was among the six orchestras honored as finalists for the award. Katy ISD’s Seven Lakes Junior High School was named the 2023 Houston Cup winner.
“The Spillane Middle School orchestra is honored to have been selected as a finalist for the 2023 Houston Cup, alongside numerous exceptional middle school orchestras within the greater Houston community,” said Jeannine Adams, Spillane orchestra director. “Our students’ dedication to excellence, the invaluable support of our parents, clinicians and administration, as well as the exceptional collaboration between my colleagues, Ms. Wollum and myself, have made this possible.”
Held in conjunction with the Ann C. Roberts Orchestra Festival, which is the state’s oldest orchestra-only festival, the Houston Cup began in 2019 to honor and recognize outstanding varsity orchestras and directors.
Participants are invited to enter based on receiving a superior rating at their respective regional UIL concert and sight-reading evaluations. Directors submit recordings and scores of two selections from the school year.
The 2023 contest adjudicator was Kirt Mosier, an internationally known conductor and composer who currently serves as the artistic director for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and is also the associate conductor of Lee’s Summit Symphony.
Each finalist will receive a certificate and the Houston Cup winner will receive a traveling trophy with the school’s name added to the trophy’s base.