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Bishop O’Connell High School seniors Sade Jackson, Katie Stansel and John Tuas have been accepted into the 2020 Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Senior Honors Choir.

The group will present a “virtual” concert in late winter or early spring at a time and date to be announced.

In addition, all 42 Bishop O’Connell students who auditioned for the District XII Honors Choir were accepted. The district includes schools in Arlington and a portion of Fairfax County.

“This is a remarkable accomplishment for all our students,” said O’Connell’s choral director, Kyra Stahr. “The audition format was extra-challenging this year, given that all events moved to a ‘virtual’ format.”

For the Senior Honors Choir, students were required to video and audio record themselves. They were asked to learn the piece “I Attempt from Love’s Sickness” and sight-read eight measures of complex music, competing against 12th-grade students from across the commonwealth.

The VMEA Senior Honors Choir will participate in four rehearsals with Dr. Christopher Aspaas from Texas Christian University in preparation for a “virtual” event in March.

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Hi! Thank you so much for this lovely article. Quick spelling adjustment. John Tuas is actually John Tuason! Again, we are all so happy to be featured in the sun gazette, and are very excited to be in the VMEA Senior Honors Choir!

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