Friday, September 24, 2021

Carroll Choirs Host Annual Holiday Concert

ChoirFlyer2014The Carroll Choirs and Dragon Honor Choirs from Carroll Senior High School will give an annual holiday performance Tuesday, Dec. 16.

“Songs of the Season” presented by CSHS Choirs is arranged by Choir Director Marla Ringle. The show is directed by Ringel, Sophia Bohannon and Bradley Kerley. The show will be at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in the sanctuary. The performance begins at 7 p.m.

The show is free and open to the public.

Carroll Chorale Performs With OSU Concert Chorale

The CSHS Chorale recently had the opportunity to participate in a very special choral program.  On October 14th, the top choirs from four area high schools performed with the Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale in front of a packed audience at the First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth.Marla & Crew

Carroll’s Chorale, along with the A Cappella Choirs from Coppell High, Newman Smith High and Trinity High, were invited to participate by OSU’s Director of Choral and Vocal Studies, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, in a composer’s concert titled, The American Journey.   Dr. Stroope invited two renowned composers, Morten Lauridsen and Matthew Harris, to work with and direct the combined choirs in an incredible performance of some of their most beautiful chorale works.

The CSHS Chorale, under the direction of Director Marla Ringel and Associate Director Bradley Kerley, had seven weeks to prepare for this concert.  They spent countless hours both during class time and outside of school mastering the music and eventually meeting with the other choirs for hours of joint rehearsal time.  The end result was a wonderful evening of choral music and an amazing learning experience for these talented singers.

Both the high school and OSU students had the unique opportunity to learn to interpret and perform music from the composers who wrote it.  The choir members were also able to experience different directing styles as not only did the composers direct the combined choirs, but each of the four high school choir directors also directed a part of the concert. The end result was an incredible performance and a glimpse for the high school students of what it is like to be part of university level choir.

Top Teacher List Includes CSHS Choir Director

Every year Fort Worth, Texas magazine honors 10 outstanding educators in the area for their passionate commitment not only to their curriculum, but for each student in the classroom. These impressive teachers go above and beyond to provide a positive influence in the lives of their students and their students’ families. Carroll ISD is proud to congratulate Marla Ringel, choir director at Carroll Senior High, as she joins nine other outstanding educators for the 2013 list.

Every educator is required to teach students the provided curriculum, but Carroll is filled with teachers who go the extra mile for their students. Marla Ringel is just one shining example. Marla not only shares her music education every day with Dragons, but she makes it her priority to build meaningful relationships with each student that comes through her doors. Marla says, “It is incredible to see them grow and mature not only in their musical artistry, but also as young adults. This is absolutely the most rewarding part of my job.”

As a fine arts educator, Marla is aware of the positive impact her lessons have on students in Carroll ISD. “There are countless studies that prove correlations between higher level cognitive function and productivity of students involved in fine arts,” Marla notes. She constantly provides students with creative learning that will help them excel in other areas of their academic education.

Students are not the only ones that love the educational experience Marla offers, parents are pleased too. “My daughter only talks about becoming a choir teacher like Ms. Ringel. Teachers are a source of positive inspiration, and they are the reason, next to home environment, that students fail or succeed in later years of their lives,” says Dragon parent Vibha Tyagi.

Marla graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2008 with Bachelor of Music Education and in 2010 with her Master of Music Education. She is currently associated with several professional organizations, including Texas Choral Directors Association and Texas Music Educators Association.

For more information, click here or purchase a copy of Fort Worth, Texas magazine.

Carroll Announces TSSEC Results

The Carroll Dragon Band and Choir staff would like to congratulate the following students who competed Saturday, May 25 in Austin at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Festival.

These students performed admirably under the circumstances of the day,” said Jay Bach, Director of Bands for Carroll ISD. “Great work Dragon Band and Choir members.”

There were 19 individual Gold medals, 47 Ensemble Gold medals, and 47 individual Silver medalist on the day. Special recognition went to Senior Neha Jain for her selection as an Outstanding Soloist on flute for a second year running and Kelsey Bronson Outstanding Soloist Soprano Voice. Organizers say this award is equivalent to a State Championship individual event. Both students will receive a Gold Medal symbolic of all  State Champions for this remarkable achievement.

Complete results from the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Festival are listed below:

Frist Division- Superior- Gold Medalist and Outstanding Soloist

  • Neha Jain- flute
  • Joe Litwak- keyboard percussionist
  • Josiah Choe- keyboard percussionist
  • Kelsey Bronson- voice

First Division- Superior- Gold Medalist

  • Jeff Imam
  • Amy Grice
  • Christopher Weisberg
  • Joe Litwak
  • Heather Swienton
  • Aaron Li
  • Joshua Choe
  • Cameron Li
  • Sarah Westerman
  • Josiah Choe
  • Ray Teer
  • Kaylyn Buckley
  • Sarah Carron
  • Colton Hess
  • Megan Pierson
  • Sara Schellenberger
  • Kenady Shope

Second Division- Excellent- Silver Medalist

  • Jared Neeley
  • Ellie Miller
  • Zachary Susskind
  • Connor Lane
  • Ganesh Setty
  • Hannah Bronson
  • Parker Wagner
  • Daniel Tubbesing
  • Mollie Danel
  • Christopher Cunningham
  • Ryan Fields
  • Caroline Freden
  • Austin Deters
  • Tien Tran
  • Brandon McKelvey
  • Jackson Wright
  • Braden Canino
  • Daniel Henry
  • Jessica Gregg
  • Sam Wonson
  • Julia Snook
  • Thi Tran
  • Ryan Adler
  • Carleigh Grupe
  • Kaley VanValkenburg
  • Rachel Goodman
  • Marilee Yeager
  • Justin Roach
  • Ari Ireland
  • Tanner Deters
  • Shay Guerin
  • Lexie Hassien
  • Zachary Froelich
  • Wesley Song
  • Devin Berg
  • Evan Clary
  • Alison Esparza
  • Sophia Formella
  • Keri Hass
  • Morgan Minshew
  • Kelsey Olohan
  • Kate Pruitt
  • Danielle Rodriguez
  • Tori Tew
  • Chandler Trader
  • Heather Wang
  • Kelsey Windham

First Division- Gold Medal Ensembles

  • Percussion Ensemble- Dan Henry, Griffin McCombs, Adam Bautista, Cameron Li, Braden Canino, Ryan Fields
  • Percussion Ensemble- Josiah Choe, Lea Morisato, Heather Swienton, Kevin Shurtz, Ashley Vu, Cole Smith, Joshua Choe
  • French Horn Quartet- Matt Prost,  Zach Froelich, Ariel Szekely, James Harvey
  • Woodwind Ensemble- Neha Jain, Jessica Gregg, Amy Grice, Jillian Jernigan
  • Flute Quartet- Connor Lane, Candace Duffy, Carleigh Grupe, Margaret Cressionnie
  • Flute Quarter- Mollie Danel, Hannah Bronson, Caroline Freden, Thi Tran
  • Vocal Madrigal-Ellie van Amerongen, Devin Berg, Hannah Bronson, Kelsey Bronson, Kaylyn Buckley, Colton Hess, Carson Luter, Landry Mead, Riley Mead,  Brittany Wang
  • Vocal Madrigal-Avery Chidiac, Giselle Drake, Caleb Harris, Danielle Rodriguez, Hunter Roeller, Sara Schellenberger, Sterling Siebach, Enoch Sng

Dragon Performers Advance to All State

Carroll ISD Senior Neha Jain

Carroll ISD Band Director Jay Bach recently announced the selection of Neha Jain and Danielle Rodriguez for their selection to the Texas Music Educators All State Band and Choir.

Jain plays flute for the Dragon Band. She was also selected to All State last year. Click here to read that post. Danielle Rodriguez sings in the Dragon Choir. She was also selected to All State last year. Click here for details.

Carroll ISD Senior Danielle Rodriguez

The students were selected after successful performances at the Area A Audition held on Saturday, Jan. 12 in Abilene. The audition process began last fall with upwards to 25, 000 students at the region audition level.

Jain and Rodriguez join Jared Neeley, All State Jazz trombone, in February at the TMEA Clinic and Convention held in San Antonio.

All three students are also members of Green Jackets. The Green Jackets are a select group of student ambassadors, selected by faculty, to represent Carroll ISD in various district and civic capacities.

Dragon Choir Announces All-Region Selections

The Carroll Independent School District  is proud to announce that 11 students from Carroll were named to the All-Region Choir.

Students chosen for the Treble Choir were Sarah Carron, Avery Chidiac, Giselle Drake, Kat Fernandes, Sara Schellenberger, Victoria Tew and Chandler Trader as alternate. Students named to the mixed choir were Kelsey Bronson, Sophia Formella, Danielle Rodriguez, Megan Pierson and Timothy Thompson.

These students have all been working since June on a wide variety of classical pieces including works by Brahms, Mozart and Porpora. They will continue to work with the Directors of music from Texas Tech University and Sam Houston State University over the next few weeks. They will be performing a concert on Saturday, November 3rd at 4:30p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine. The concert will be free and open to the public.

The entire CSHS Chorale will be performing a few days later in the same venue. That concert will be part Of the APEX concert series and will include choirs from several high schools and will feature the TCU Choir. Click here for more information.

The Carroll Choir is under the direction of Marla Ringel. For more information about the choir and upcoming performances, visit their website.

Middle School Choirs Deliver Perfection

Carroll Middle School choir teacher Marla Ringel proudly announced recent contest results. The competition was held on Tuesday, March 6.

Ringel says the Carroll and Dawson Middle School Women’s and Men’s Choirs received perfect scores. This was the first time in school history the choirs competed as varsity ensembles.

Among the competitors, Carroll was the only school that all ensembles received perfect scores. The men’s choir was also the only varsity group to receive perfect scores from both their stage and sight-reading judges.

The students continue to be busy this spring rehearsing for future contests. The students will perform in the annual Hurricane Harbor Choir Festival scheduled for Friday, May 4 at Birdville High School Auditorium. The group’s Spring Show will be on Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Carroll Middle School stage.