Chrislyn Whiteside of Livingston High School has again received awards for her singing talent. She also received a top grade from a professional judge at a competition just a few weeks ago.
Of approximately 100,000 students participating in the regional UIL music contests and the thousands of musicians who performed at TSSEC, only 2-3% of the solo performances earn the honor of Outstanding Performer. Whiteside was awarded the gold draped medallion that is identical to state champions in all UIL events.
“As a senior, Chrislyn Whiteside had a lot of responsibilities in her final classes this year,” Livingston High School Choir Director Renee Vore said. “I am so proud of Chrislyn for prioritizing her time, communicating with the other teachers and I, and really pulling it all together this year. She had a lot on her shoulders, and she never buckled under pressure. Chrislyn worked a job, on top of being a senior, being in the band program, and taking multiple college classes. To say that I am proud of her for being recognized as best in the state for her performance is an understatement. It has been a joy to work with her and celebrate this great success. She’s going to have many more successes in her college career, and I look forward to celebrating with her in the future.”
Singing the Italian Art Song, “O Del Mio Dolce Ardor” by Christoph Willibald Gluck won Whiteside the prestigious award. Approximately 100,000 students participate in regional UIL music contests, and roughly 25,000 musicians are then selected to perform at Texas State Solo-Ensemble contest. Students earn selection to the state contest by receiving a first division-superior rating on a class one solo performed from memory or an ensemble.