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Capella Choir

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< THE WYLIE NEWS : : Covering Wylie, Sachse, Murphy & the Surrounding Area >

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A member of A Capella Choir, Bel Canto and Tempo, Ashlee is co-president of choir.She's been part of Wylie choirs since the middle of sixth grade; she auditioned for the high school show choir, Tempo, as an eighth-grader and was given a place behind that group's microphones as a freshman; she's been in two choirs every year since then.

"The most appealing thing about choir is just the ability to entertain people," Ashlee said."It's very nerve racking to get on stage, but once I am done and I see that the audience has enjoyed the performance, I get a great sense of joy."
Ashlee has been providing that sense of joy to those around her throughout her life.She performed for her family as a little girl, sometimes singing, sometimes dancing, sometimes doing both.
She was a member of the Sweethearts Drill Team in junior high and it was also in junior high when she discovered, she said, that she had "actual singing talent."She performed with Sean Smith, currently her co-president of choir; they performed "a song that we had heard on the Disney channel for the entire class."
It was moments like that, she said, as she felt her classmates' response to their performance, that she realized she wanted singing to be a "major part of her life."
Ashlee is progressing up the choral competition ladder this year in the district's tough road to all-state choir.
All-state competition has four rounds: Phase I, Phase II, Pre-Area and Area.She had already aced Phases I and II; and, at Pre-Area on Nov. 13, she was ranked first chair out of 15 competitors.
At Pre-Area, Ashlee sang a cut of prepared music , all students worked on the same selection , for a panel of judges who were behind a curtain.She also had to sight-read a short line of music.
She will compete at the Area level on Jan. 5.If she ranks at this level, she will make the All-State Choir which performs in San Antonio in February.
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"Ashlee , always leads by example and gets things taken care of without being asked," Newcomb said.
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To prepare for competition and other singing opportunities, Ashlee practices at least 20 minutes a day and has taken private voice lessons for the last two years from former WHS choir director, Lisa Newby.
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Ashlee has also excelled in UIL Solo & Ensemble competition.For the past two years, she's gone to state; both years she took a solo and, as a junior, she took a solo and an ensemble.
She will compete again this year; competition starts in early spring.
In addition to choir, which, she admits, "is most of my life," she also keeps her academic standing up where it needs to be as college approaches: she's in the top 10 percent of the senior class of over 500 students.
She's a member of the National Honor Society as well as student council; she was vice president of STUCO as a junior.
Ashlee's also a member of the International Thespian Society.Though this is only her first official year in the WHS theatre department, she landed the role of Charlotte in the October production of "Pride and Prejudice."
She was a chorus member in last year's production of "Grease" and enjoyed the experience so much that she auditioned for the Main Stage theater production class.
She was accepted and will soon audition for "The Man Who Came to Dinner."
As if this isn't enough on the proverbial plate, Ashlee has a part-time job at Shape It Up fitness center in downtown Wylie where she works in the kids' area.


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Samantha Lowry qualified for All-State Band playing the piccolo; Ashlee Patten was selected to be a member of the All-State Choir singing in the Soprano 2 section.

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Ashlee Patten is one of the two co-presidents of WHS Choir, and she's a member of A Capella Choir, Bel Canto and performance choir Tempo.
She was ranked first in her room at Pre-Area in November, and she has qualified for state in UIL Solo & Ensemble competition for the last two years.
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In addition to singing prepared selections, at each audition Ashlee had to read an eight-measure melody that she had never seen before, and she consistently ranked first or second in her section for that part of the audition.Ashlee consistently ranked in the top five at each audition, but she never allowed herself to coast through this process.That tremendous work ethic is what makes her a top student at WHS and not just a great choir member.She has certainly earned this tremendous achievement."
Ashlee said this honor is quite significant for her.
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Ashlee said she owes her success to God who blessed her with the gift of singing."Without him, I would have nothing," she said.


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Samantha Lowry qualified for All-State Band playing the flute; Ashlee Patten was selected to be a member of the All-State Choir singing in the Soprano 2 section.

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Ashlee is one of the two co-presidents of WHS Choir, and she's a member of A Capella Choir, Bel Canto and performance choir Tempo.She was ranked first in her room at Pre-Area in November, and has qualified for state in UIL Solo & Ensemble competition for the last two years.
Read more about these All-State musicians in the Jan. 23 issue of The Wylie News.

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