For those well-versed in high school choir, making it to all-region is a year-long venture.

The process starts in May. Students are given 12 pieces to sing, ranging vastly in genres, from classical and foreign language to spiritual and American. Students spend their summer months learning every note by heart so when the three to four rounds of intense judging begins, they are ready. 

This school year, Irving ISD was a top contender among other districts for the amount of students qualifying for all-region choir. MacArthur High School had five student qualifiers, Irving High had three and Nimitz had the most with 14. 

Erin Scalisi, choir director for Nimitz High School, is ecstatic about the news. 

“We went from three years ago not having anybody make it past the first round, to this year, having 14 people make it,” she says proudly. “We’ve already had two students make it to the top 10. To say that I’m proud of them is an understatement.” 

The 22 students who advanced to round two will compete on November 28. Students who score in the top five from each voice part will then compete in January for a seat in the all-state choir.

Congratulations to the following Irving ISD students who made all-region choir and are headed to area competition: 

  • Esperanza Eagans, Nimitz 
  • Amanda Alvarado, Nimitz
  • Anastasia Brame, Nimitz
  • Kyla Naico, Nimitz
  • Angelie Ramirez, Nimitz
  • Laya Cummings, Nimitz
  • Juan Campos, Nimitz
  • Roman (Juni) De La Rosa, Nimitz
  • Victor Dominguez, Nimitz
  • Reymundo Gomez, Nimitz
  • Oziel Ruiz, Nimitz
  • Josh Noyola, Nimitz
  • Jesus Maldanado, Nimitz
  • Lucas Manzano, Nimitz
  • Baylei Green, MacArthur
  • Mason Collett, MacArthur
  • Gregory Crowfoot, MacArthur
  • William Crowfoot, MacArthur
  • Michael Espinoza, MacArthur
  • Lilla Fancher, Irving
  • Giovanni Perez, Irving
  • Angela Abate, Irving

Good luck to these students on November 28!