Waxahachie Symphony Association

Young Artist Award


2016 - 2017 Season 

The Waxahachie Symphony Association offers music awards to outstanding Ellis County graduating seniors.

In January, letters will be sent out to all choral and band teachers in the Ellis County High Schools. That includes the private high schools. We also send letters to private music teachers. Home Schoolers are welcome to participate, but must be recommended by their private music teacher. We ask the teachers to nominate seniors that they feel are deserving of recognition for their musical ability.

The award (s) will be titled:


There are two categories, vocal and instrumental. The first place winner of each category will receive a cash award of $1,500. The runner-up will receive $1,000. The first place winner of each category will perform at a Waxahachie Symphony Concert. The runner-ups will also be recognized, but will not perform.

The purpose of the award (s) is to encourage musical growth and achievement as well as to recognize students who show outstanding musical talents and accomplishments.

All music teachers are invited to nominate students who meet the following criteria:

1. A graduating senior in an Ellis County High School.

2. Participant in a high school music program.

3. Private music student recommended by a private music teacher. Organ, piano, voice, or instrumental

Contact Winnie O'Donnell for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2017 Winners   

                      1st Place Instrumentalist -- Brandon Bechtel, Trombone
Brandon is a senior at Waxahachie High School.  He is in the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Marching Band.  He has made the All-State Band the last two years.  Brandon plans to attend college and major in Music Performance.  He would also like to play in a Symphony Orchestra.  His parents are Sheila and Scott Bechtel.
            underwritten by Navarro County Electric Cooperative and Ellis County Music Center

                                2nd Place Instrumentalist -- Morgan McGlothlin, Oboe

Morgan is a senior at Waxahachie High School.  She is in the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and a Drum Major two years.  Morgan is an All-State winner, All-Region six years and All-Region  Orchestra two years.  She plans to attend college and major in Music Performance.  Morgan is the daughter of Lori and Mike McGlothlin. 
                               underwritten by Navarro County Electric Cooperative

                                           1st Place Vocalist -- Payton Alaniz

Payton is a senior at Red Oak High School.  She has made the All-State Choir the last two years, and the All-State Solo and Ensemble.  Payton is in the Carnegie Hall Honor Choir.  She plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Vocal Performance.  Payton would like to become an opera singer.  She is the daughter of Sunny Alaniz.
                                            underwritten by Victron Energy


               2nd Place Vocalist--  Kailyn Bouche'

Kailyn is a senior at Midlothian Heritage High School.  She received a Superior rating at Area Solo And Ensemble competition her sophomore and junior years and a Superior rating at the State Solo and Ensemble competition in 2016.  Kailyn is president of this year's school choir. She plans to join the Military and further her education.  Kailyn's parents are Tiffany Ward and Chris Bouche'.

                                      underwritten by Pearman Oil and LP Gas
  • Waxahachie Symphony Sponsorship
  •  Sponsorship
  • Waxahachie Symphony Sponsorship
  • Ellis County Music
  • College Street Printing
  • CNB Bank
  • Victron
  • Baylor Scott and White
  • Ecato
  • Burleson Honey Waxahachie Tx
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