With a commitment to excellence, the ensembles have set out to reach the goal of being among the leading ensembles in Texas. Since its opening, the ensembles have earned top honors at local, regional, and state contests, as well as performed at major venues in the United States, including the Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, and Chicago’s Symphony Center. The Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestras regularly place in the top ten orchestras in TMEA’s Honor Orchestra competition. In 2014, three of our ensembles were distinguished with this honor, including our non-varsity ensemble, Cambiata. For 2015, the Symphony Orchestra ranked #3 in the state of Texas, for the annual Texas Music Educators Association Honor Orchestra Competition. Individuals have earned top honors including membership at the Region, Area, and State level, and medaled at various competitions. Our pit orchestra for musicals has earned “Best Orchestra” nods from the Tommy Tune Awards for their performances in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Once Upon A Mattress,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “The Music Man,” winning the award in 2009. They were acknowledged by the GRAMMY Foundation in 2010-2011 as a GRAMMY Signature School, and received a “Runner-Up” placement from State Farm’s “Original Score” Contest. In July, the Symphony Orchestra was named TMEA Honor Full Orchestra, winning our equivalency of the state championship. They are honored to present a concert at the annual TMEA Convention in February 2016, in front of 2000+ music educators, All-State students, and supporters. Most recently, the Foundation of Music Education named the Symphony Orchestra a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence / National Honors Project for 2015.