Herrington chosen to lead choral competition

Dr. Scott Herrington, professor of music at Wayland Baptist University, recently returned from leading the Texas Music Educators Association's Region 20 All-Region High School Mixed Choir, held Nov. 10 in Dallas.

The event is the culmination of several levels of competition within high schools, with All-State choir being the highest level of achievement. The All-Region choir, composed of 100-plus students, was chosen after a competition among Dallas area schools.

"These are the best of the best high school singers in TMEA Region 20," Herrington said. "They represented 23 different high schools in the Dallas area."

At the All-Region event, Herrington worked with the choir as a clinician for the majority of the day. At 7:30 that evening, the group presented a formal concert for friends, family and directors, an audience Herrington said numbered more than 1,500. The concert featured music by Ralph Vaughn Williams, William Byrd, Leonard Bernstein, Randall Thompson, David Dickau, David Brunner and Franz Biebl.

Herrington said the event was a great recruiting opportunity and a chance to see 1998 WBU graduate John Wayman, who is a high school choral director in that region.

The opportunity was not a first for Herrington, who has been at Wayland for almost a decade. He conducted the Region 16 All-Region choir, which covers the Lubbock area, a few years ago.

Herrington has also been invited to conduct the Texas Baptist All-State Choir, an honor that rotates among choral directors at Texas Baptist Schools. Sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the ensemble is selected from audition tapes of 500-600 students statewide. The group meets for a week at a college campus to rehearse music then performs at the end for an audience. This year's camp will be at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall. Wayland has hosted the choir event three times previously.