MISSION—Fifteen-year-old Cherish Varlack went through four audition rounds that began in September 2012 to find her place on the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Choir. The Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) sophomore said she received her love for music from her family.
“I come from a musical background, I get it from both sides of my parents,” Varlack said. “On my dad’s side everyone sings. I was actually trying to take piano lessons from my grandma.”
Varlack added one of her cousins also made it to All-State Choir prior to her achievement.
Though it may be no surprise that Varlack advanced, given her musically talented family, she admits she was in disbelief to learn she had gone so far in the competition.
“I was so shocked, it was crazy,” she said. “My mouth literally just dropped open and stayed that way.”
Preparation for competing students begins during the summer. Varlack said in the advancement of each round in the competition, the song chosen for students to sing gets more and more difficult.
Once students achieve the status of member in All-State Choir, Varlack said there are three choirs to be placed in. TMEA All-State Choir includes: Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Mixed Choir.
“If you make Mixed Choir, that is the top choir,” Varlack said. “I made Mixed Choir…that was really part of the shock. Some people who were my biggest competition made it into the Women’s Choir, so I thought I definitely did not make it.”
Only the top ten female students and top eight males, per voice section, qualify for the All-State Choir.
The sophomore said participants in the choirs attend a four-day trip to San Antonio in February along with their choir directors. She explained it is a huge opportunity.
“We receive tips, and we will work with new directors through the whole choir experience,” Varlack said. “I’m excited to work with directors we have never worked with before.”
Varlack will be performing in the Mixed Choir as an alto. At the end of the trip the choirs will perform to an audience of as many as 3,000 people.
Varlack believes this is only the beginning of her career in music.
“I was thinking of majoring in music…I really do love music, it is a passion of mine.” she said. “I just need to do something with music in life, I couldn’t imagine doing anything without it.”
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