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Kozma earns spot in All State Choir

Tyler County Booster

By Valerie Reddell

The next stop for Woodville High School Senior Halee Kozma on her way to fulfilling her dream of singing all over the world, will be a weeklong workshop in San Antonio as a member of the All State Choir. Kozma is the daughter of Amanda Risinger Koxma and William Kozma, and the granddaughter of Pamela Risinger. Each year, the Texas Music Educators Association invites the highest-ranking musicians who compete in 33 regions to perform at their annual clinic/conference. Earning a spot in the All State choir is the highest recognition that a high school performer can receive, according to TMEA. "We're extremely proud of Halee!" said Ron Byers, director of Bands for Woodville High School. "Oftentimes kids in small schools like ours feel as if they're not good enough or have the odds stacked against them too much to compete on this level. Halee is an inspiration, showing our students here at Woodville that hard work really can pay off and put you on the top." Kozma says she fell in love with singing in sixth grade when students spend 12 weeks studying choir, art and leadership skills in a program called Wings. The choir portion was taught by Matthew Moody, who was the choir/band director for Woodville's secondary music program from 2006 to 2013. "He taught me there is more to music than words on a page and notes on a staff," Kozma said. Kozma will enroll in Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches in the fall 2018. She has a career goal of being a high school music educator herself. She will major in vocal performance, Italian and German. In addition to performing with the school choir, Kozma is part of the Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society under the direction of Dr. James Han. Han is the director of choral activities at Lamar University. She also takes private lessons with a Bridge City director. Kozma loves the opportunity to perform with a live orchestra. In addition to her role as a Soprano I with the Woodville High School choir, Kozma has been a cheerleader since middle school This year is the co-captain of the squad. She is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as vice-president of Interact, a youth service club sponsored by the Woodville Rotary Club. Kozma also teaches music at Vacation Bible School at Woodville United Methodist Church the past few summers. "I love interacting with kids," she said. The journey to all state choir includes three auditions before they can advance to the area competition. The top performers at area advance to region, where the audition, critique and ranking process on sight reading and a rehearsed performance is repeated. At the regional competition at the Woodlands High School, Kozma competed against 21 other sopranos. The All State Choir clinic begins Feb. 14 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. The concert will be Saturday, Feb. 17.

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