HEB ISD Elementary Honor Choir
The Hurst Euless Bedford ISD Elementary Honor Choir has existed for more than 20 years as a district sponsored organization. Comprised of auditioned fifth and sixth grade students from each of the district’s twenty elementary campuses, the choir is part of an ever-growing Visual and Performing Arts Program offered in the Hurst Euless Bedford ISD.
Established in 1993, the founders of Elementary Honor Choir sought to promote and encourage student engagement in music through singing. With the support of the HEB ISD Music Teachers, School Board and Supervisors in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, student involvement soared and the program established itself as one of the premier student ensembles in the DFW Metroplex.
Since that time, the Honor Choir has received many honors and accolades. In the spring of 2000, the choir was recognized for its standards of excellence in performance and was invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. In 2011, the group would be further recognized for its achievements through an invitation to perform for the National Convention of the American Choral Director’s Association in the same city.
In addition to these honors, students in the Elementary Honor Choir are regular performers at the Moslah Shrine Circus, the City of Euless’ Arbor Days, the HEB ISD Employee Convocation Ceremony, the HEB ISD Retired School Employees Winter Assembly, and consistently receive “Superior” ratings at the NRH2O Music Festival in North Richland Hills, TX. The Elementary Honor Choir has also been featured in guest performances with other area choirs at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall and was a featured performance group for the 2012 Texas Association of Curriculum Developers Conference in Dallas, TX.
Mrs. Linda Ford became the Director of the EHC in the fall of 2013. After 30+ years in education, Linda retired as the music teacher at Meadow Creek Elementary, where she had taught music for 17 years. From the classroom, right back into the rehearsal room, we are honored to have Linda Ford as our Director. Ali Claset, music teacher at Harrison Lane Elementary, is the Assistant Director of the EHC. Under the direction of Linda Ford and Ali Claset, the HEB ISD Elementary Honor Choir continues the tradition of excellence by growing a dedicated community of student musicians who are motivated to share the joy of singing with each other and our stakeholders. The HEB Elementary Honor Choir continues to instill in these young musicians a sense of respect for all, develop a servant’s heart and foster the understanding of music’s important role in the enrichment of each child. With choral music as the vehicle, the HEB Elementary Honor Choir will continue to engage students in the preparation for life beyond the performance stage where they are equipped to grow as contributing members of an increasingly global community