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South Houston High School’s John Ramirez Places 1st in All-State Singing Competition

South Houston High School’s John Ramirez Places 1st in All-State Singing Competition
Posted on 01/16/2015
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When South Houston High School junior and singer John Ramirez learned that he placed first in the state in the Texas Music Educators Association competition, it was music to his ears.
 
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Needless to say, Ramirez was over the moon when he was selected as this year’s winner.

“It feels like such an honor to be representing Pasadena ISD and its choir programs,” he said. “I'm grateful to God for answering all my prayers to make it.”
 
Over 60,000 students initially participate in the All-State competition in Texas. Of those, 1,500 are selected for the honor to perform in one of 15 band, orchestra or choir ensembles. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions.

Individual musicians perform music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advance from their Region to compete against others in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest ranking musicians in this competition qualify to perform in the TMEA All-State music group.

These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual state TMEA Clinic/Convention.

In the last round of the competition Ramirez was up against the top five singers from four TMEA regions, and ranked number one.
 
His award-winning performances at All-State are the product of about seven years of practice in Pasadena ISD schools. Ramirez, a bass two singer in the school choir, began singing about seven years ago when he was a student at Rick Schneider Middle School. He attended music camps at the University of Houston and Sam Houston State. In the time leading up to All-State, singing became his life.
 
“I attended rehearsals at school since the beginning of the school year,” he said. “I basically listened and studied my music every single day. I also practiced with my voice teacher, Mr. [Gabriel] Perez from Parkview Intermediate.”
 
Ramirez will take the stage and showcase his singing talent during the school’s production of Fame, the musical beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 29, 30 and 31.
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