El Paso ISD student musicians nab 25 of 39 All-Area Orchestra spots

District officials announced that EPISD high school orchestra students earned 25 of 39 All-Area honors this fall and advance to compete virtually against the best in the state.

Coronado High dominated the All-Region contest with 12 students followed by Franklin with seven. El Paso High has three All-Region winners, Chapin has two and rounding out the list was Andress with one.

Despite remote learning and COVID-19, EPISD orchestra students claimed more than twice the All-Area chairs than any other district.

“While the way we provide instruction has changed, the ‘why’ has remained the same,” said Phillip Barraza, fine arts director.

“The TMEA All State tryout process has allowed our students to grow and continue to focus on the love of music and the goal of becoming better musicians. It is important for our students to express themselves and continue to find hope and inspiration through the arts.”

The students earning All-Area honors are:

  • Natalee Hernandez – Andress
  • Gabryelle Rodriguez – Chapin
  • Adriel Lira – Chapin
  • Christina Li – Coronado
  • Minseo Kim – Coronado
  • Nicholas Herrada – Coronado
  • Grady Locke – Coronado
  • Ethan Estep – Coronado
  • Andrew Grine – Coronado
  • Lucas Esquivel – Coronado
  • Kathleen Liang – Coronado
  • Andrea Melendez – Coronado
  • Sophia Gonzalez – Coronado
  • Daniela Bonscher – Coronado
  • Ricardo Rios – Coronado
  • Josep Ferret – El Paso
  • Xenia Otero – El Paso
  • Shayla Cohen-Jones – El Paso
  • Suemin Kim – Franklin
  • Jade Serna – Franklin
  • Ethan Miranda – Franklin
  • Laynee Stokes – Franklin
  • Ivan Santiesteban – Franklin
  • Anais Santos – Franklin
  • Angelica Santos – Franklin
Story by Reneé de Santos  |  Photos courtesy EPISD