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Permian High School men's choir earns national honor

On Tuesday, September 15, The Foundation for Music Education, announced Permian High School’s varsity men’s choir, Cantus (pronounced kon-toos) is a National Winner in the 2020 Mark of Excellence/National Choral Honor Project.


The Mark of Excellence is a national music competition that recognizes music programs and their ensembles for high standards in performance. Ensembles are judged by nationally respected adjudicators, with the top quarter being named as National Winners. The project received 145 entries in all classifications, and entries from 38 states. 


“I am incredibly proud of these young men and their efforts last year,” said Permian High School Director of Choirs Ken Sieloff. “Their dedication to preparation and performance truly demonstrated the best that ECISD students have to offer.”


In a letter to PHS, executive director of The Foundation for Music Education Alan Hanna told the group, “The performance of your ensemble represents the very highest level of music teaching, learning, and performing. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement!”


This news comes on the heels of last year’s invitation for the PHS men’s choir to perform at the Southwest Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. It is also a great boost as ECISD fine arts programs are ramping up their efforts to prepare for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region Choir auditions.


“Although this year may look different in many ways, this honor is a reminder of the legacy of musical excellence, success, and perseverance that our students achieve each year,” said Sieloff. “We will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do!”


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The members of Cantus photographed on stage last school year.