June 14, 2010 – Katy, Texas – James E. Taylor High School Sophomore, Melanie PichÃ© was awarded Outstanding PerformerÂ at the 2010 Texas State Solo-Ensemble Vocal Solo contest. Of the approximately 85,000 students participating at the regional University Interscholastic League (UIL) music contests and the 22,000 musicians who performed at TSSEC, only 231 students earned the distinguished honor of being recognized as an Outstanding Performer. PichÃ© received a UIL draped medal. The medallion is identical to those awarded to state champions in all UIL events. The above photo of Melanie will be included in the next edition of the UIL Book of Champions. This annual publication honors Texas high school students who reach the higest level of achievement in UIL competition. PichÃ© is a member of Chorale and a member of the show choir Expressions under the direction of Kevin Riehle, Director and Kristin Tayor, Assistant Director.Â Â
Most recently, Melanie auditioned for Houston Grand Opera’s high school summer program and was selected to play Carmen, in the opera “Carmen”. On Friday, June 25th there will be two performances of “Carmen”, one at 12:00 PM and another at 5:30 PM. These performances will be at the Heinen Theatre on the central campus of Houston Community College. The address for the Heinen is 3517 Austin St. Houston, TX 77004. Melanie would like to thank her vocal coach of four years Janna Ellsworth, choir directors Kevin Riehle & Kristin Taylor, James E. Taylor High School and former choir director Gary Leger,Â Memorial Parkway Junior High, for their continued support.Â Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.