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8 Klein ISD Music Programs Honored by National Music Foundation

8 Klein ISD Music Programs Honored by National Music Foundation

The Foundation for Music Education, a national foundation dedicated to supporting and advancing music education, recently released their 2021 Mark of Excellence award winners list, which included eight Klein ISD music programs. 

Of the approximately 13,800 public school districts nationwide, Klein ISD is ranked #1 in the nation for the total number of intermediate schools honored and #2 in the nation for the total number of programs honored overall. 

These new accolades from The Foundation for Music Education add to Klein ISD’s long history of excellence in the arts, including being named a Best Communities for Music Education for 10 consecutive years.

“It is no surprise that the Klein ISD Fine Arts Department is garnering another national recognition for the exceptional talent and drive our students and educators display every day,” said Jenny McGown, Klein ISD Superintendent. “I am beyond thrilled to see the hard work and dedication of these wonderful individuals be returned with tenfold as we continue our tradition of excellence in Klein ISD.”

The Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence awards consist of the National Wind Band Honors, National Choral Honors, National Orchestra Honors, National Jazz Honors, and National Percussion Ensemble Honors.

Klein ISD was honored with four National Winners and four Commended Winners this year.

“To have eight groups recognized out of over 236 of the finest ensembles from over 38 states is an incredible accomplishment! These accolades are a direct reflection of the resilience and dedication to excellence in fine arts that our students and educators display each and every day,” said Creston Herron, Director of Fine Arts. “We are incredibly proud of the level of excellence that is achieved through the collaboration and focus on innovation by our educators and students.”

This prestigious honor has reaffirmed the hard work of our students and fine arts educators.

“Our kids always give 1000% regardless of the circumstances. One of the most beautiful things about orchestra is that it requires each individual to set everything aside and contribute to something bigger than themselves, all for the purpose of sharing the final work of art with a community that will listen,” said Sundas Mohi, Klein Cain Orchestra Director. “It’s amazing to be an educator in a community that values and supports fine arts the way Klein ISD does. Texas is well-known as being a state where fine arts are top-notch, and Klein ISD is one of the best places to receive the best fine arts education around.”

National Winners

National Winner – Mark of Excellence
Klein Cain High School Chamber Orchestra
Directed by Sundas Mohi-Truong
National Orchestra Honors Project

National Winner – Mark of Excellence
Klein Cain High School Chorale
Directed by Austin Dean
National Choral Honors Project

National Winner – Mark of Excellence
Krimmel Intermediate Symphonic Band
Directed by Stetson Begin
National Wind Band Honors Project

National Winner – Mark of Excellence
Ulrich Chamber Orchestra
Directed by Marcelle Martin and Carly Galloway
National Orchestra Honors Project

Commended Winners

Commended Winner – Mark of Excellence
Hildebrandt Middle School Symphonic Band
Directed by Brian Towner
National Wind Band Honors Project

Commended Winner – Mark of Excellence
Hofius Symphonic Band
Directed by Jennifer Wren
National Wind Band Honors Project

Commended Winner – Mark of Excellence
Klein Oak High School Percussion Ensemble
Directed by Max Mullinix
National Percussion Ensemble Project

Commended Winner – Mark of Excellence
Klein Oak High School Wind Ensemble
Directed by Todd Clearwater
National Wind Band Honors Project

The Foundation for Music Education Executive Director Alan Hanna passed on his congratulations to the honored ensembles. 

“These Klein ISD ensembles are wonderful examples of musical achievement,” said Hanna. “[They] are a credit to your school district.”

Each year, the finest musical ensembles in the nation are invited to participate. The top quarter is selected as National Winners, and the second quarter receives Commended Honors.

Please join us in celebrating these tremendous accomplishments and incredibly talented students and educators who are gifting our youth with this instruction. We are so proud of our Klein ISD music programs!

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