KHS Orchestra’s success at UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest


Moyu Yumoto, Creative Editor

On Saturday January 29th, Kingwood High School Orchestra members competed in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest at Kingwood HS.

All students performed their own solo, and many also performed ensembles (duet, trio, or a quartet) in which they’re judged on their performance and given division ratings, with one being the highest a student can earn. Students perform pieces with difficulty level ranging from class one to three, with one being the most challenging. This year, we had 254 division one performances at UIL solo and ensemble. 

In order to qualify for Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, students must earn a division one rating from the judge on a class one memorized solo or an ensemble. This year, we had 77 ensemble members and 30 memorized class 1 solos qualify for State. These students will be competing at UT Austin on May 30. 

Due to COVID, this year will be the first time since 2019 where the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest is going to be held in person. 

Good job to all students, and thank you to our amazing directors Mrs.Hale, Mrs.Countrymen, and Mr.Astwood, parents, accompanists and private teachers of Kingwood High School Orchestra- and special thanks to our volunteers Kale Bartholomew and Nathan Sallay who have worked all day to help the directors, judges, and performers. Best of luck to all state qualifiers!