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Frisco ISD orchestras earn high rankings

Orchestra programs from all Frisco ISD high schools took performing groups to the UIL Region 24 Orchestra Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation and brought home a number of superior and sweepstakes rankings.

All 10 Frisco ISD high schools were recognized for their performances.

At the UIL Orchestra Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation, orchestras first performed a concert of three pieces that the students and their directors had been preparing for weeks. From the concert, the students went straight to sight reading.

During the sight reading evaluation, the director was provided three minutes to study a score before instructing students through a piece they had not previously prepared for. During the seven to 10 minutes of instruction, the director could not perform the music on any instrument, tap rhythms or perform any part of the music in any fashion. No sounds were permitted until it was finally time to perform for a panel of judges.

If the director chose to, the students could play a quick scale or long tone before performing the sight reading music. The students were then judged on the performance of the piece upon their first time to ever play it.

Frisco ISD: Congratulations goes to Lebanon Trail, Liberty, Lone Star, Memorial, Reedy and Wakeland high schools, which had all of their orchestras receive a Sweepstakes designation.

Centennial
Sweepstakes with Varsity, Non-Varsity, Sub Non-Varsity A, and Sub Non-Varsity B
Superior rating in Concert with Sub Non-Varsity C

Frisco
Sweepstakes with Varsity
Superior rating in Concert with Non-Varsity

Heritage
Sweepstakes with Varsity Full, Non-Varsity, and Sub Non-Varsity A
Superior rating in Sight Reading with Sub Non-Varsity B

Independence
Sweepstakes with Varsity Full, Non-Varsity, and Sub Non-Varsity A
Superior rating in Concert with Sub Non-Varsity B

Lebanon Trail
Sweepstakes with Varsity Full, Non-Varsity, Sub Non-Varsity A and Sub Non-Varsity B

Liberty
Sweepstakes with Varsity Full, Non-Varsity, Sub Non-Varsity A, Sub Non-Varsity B and Sub Non-Varsity C

Lone Star
Sweepstakes with Varsity and Non-Varsity

Memorial
Sweepstakes with Varsity and Non-Varsity

Reedy
Sweepstakes with Varsity, Non-Varsity, Sub Non-Varsity A, and Sub Non-Varsity B

Wakeland
Sweepstakes with Varsity and Non-Varsity

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