SAN ANTONIO — Cypress Ranch High School’s chamber choir won first place and was named the 2022 honor choir, at the prestigious American Classic Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festival, held March 5 at the University United Methodist Church in San Antonio.
The Cypress Ranch chamber choir earned first place after competing against more than 40 chamber choirs from across the state. Cypress Ranch last won the first place honor in 2013. As the 2022 festival champions, the group will return to the Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festival in 2023, perform an honor choir concert and present the top award to next year’s winner.
“The American Classic Madrigal Festival is highly respected and valued across Texas,” said Cynthia Douglas, Cypress Ranch head choir director. “To simply participate with all of the amazing choirs, truly the best of the best, is always a highlight of our year. We come to compete, but also, we come to listen, learn and be inspired. The music the students learn for this event is extremely challenging and mature, and they polish and perform it to a collegiate standard. To win such a competition was a huge honor and very thrilling.”
Chamber choirs from Bridgeland® High School, Cy-Fair and Cypress Creek high schools earned “Performance of Distinction” awards in this year’s contest.
As part of the American Classic Tours & Music Festivals, which specializes in domestic and international student performance tours, festivals and educational travel, the Madrigal & Chamber Festival is the company’s flagship event and combines singing, camaraderie, competition and education through clinicians. A panel of three judges evaluates each performance and provides ratings and written comments.
The top three choirs earn recognition in addition to judges naming “Performance of Distinction” awards for notable performances.
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