9 Houston-area students will perform at Trump inauguration

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Seven Cy-Fair ISD musicians are among the 13 members of the the Virtuosi of Houston Young Artists Chamber Orchestra headed to the inauguration.

The arts in Houston will be well represented at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump next weekend, when students from two local school districts will head to Washington, D.C. to perform.

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Pasadena ISD announced this week that Aylene Espinoza and Karla Hernandez, juniors at South Houston and Sam Rayburn high schools, respectively, will make the journey northward. The two girls will perform with the Texas Dance Educator's Association All-State Drill Team at the 2017 Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Gala.

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"This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Hernandez said. "This will be my first time traveling out-of-state on an airplane, so I'm really excited to attend."

Meanwhile, seven Cy-Fair ISD students will be among the 13 members of the Virtuosi of Houston Young Artists Chamber Orchestra who were selected to perform at a Jan. 18 event at the Hay-Adams Hotel. The following evening, the students will join the Espinoza and Hernandez at the 2017 Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Gala.

The following students were chosen for the trip:

  • Audrey Godfrey, Cy-Fair High School freshman - violin
  • Leilani Lawton, Cypress Ranch High School junior - violin
  • Victor Mauriz, Cypress Creek High School senior - cello
  • Amaris Piedra, Langham Creek High School senior - violin
  • Jesse Serpas, Cypress Lakes High School senior - cello
  • Grant Velasquez, Cy-Fair High School senior - viola
  • Victor Xia, Jersey Village High School sophomore - violin

"We are very excited and honored that these young musicians are able to go to Washington, D.C. for the auspicious occasion of the inauguration festivities of our great country," Zarine M. Boyce, Virtuosi of Houston president and CEO, said in a news release.