EARLY ó Cassie Durden, an incoming freshman at Early High School, has earned a coveted position in the Texas Music Educators Association State Middle School Honor Choir. Over the weekend, Durden, along with 194 other choral students from across the state, worked for three days as an elite group of dedicated choral students to present a concert Tuesday night. †

The audition process began in April by the submission of an audition CD. More than 1,200 middle school choir students throughout the state were doing the same. A panel of school choral directors from around the state, reviewed the CDs to determine which exceptional voices they wanted as part of this prestigious group.† The parts auditioned for were soprano, alto, tenor and bass. †

The news of Durdenís acceptance as an alto in the honor choir came on April 17. She had to independently learn about 10 challenging choral pieces before arriving in San Antonio this past Sunday. Her hard work was rewarded by the appreciation of the standing-room only crowd of music educators present at the concert.

Durden had earlier in the year earned a position in the District Middle School Honor Choir as first chair in the alto section. At that time, she surpassed all other alto competitors as far away as the Fort Worth school districts. †

Durden is the choral student of Judy C. Reed, Director of Choral Activities for the Early ISD.