UIL Competition Choirs


Of the eight choirs in the NSMS Mustang Choir Department, six are UIL Competition Choirs. The University Interscholastic League sponsors a contest for choral groups. The contest is judged in two parts: a prepared concert and a sight-reading selection. The panel of three judges in each section rate the group on a scale of I-V, I being the best. Groups who score straight I (Superior) ratings are said to have won a SWEEPSTAKES.

In the 2017-2018 school year:

Cantare earned Superior Ratings on stage and Excellent Ratings in the sightreading room.
Voce earned SWEEPSTAKES!
Cantabile earned SWEEPSTAKES for the 6th consecutive year!
Chorale earned SWEEPSTAKES for the 14th consecutive year!
Bel Canto earned SWEEPSTAKES for the 18th consecutive year!

Meet Our




Choir Fees

All of our choir members are required to pay a choir fee. The fee for the UIL Competition Choirs is $35. The fee for the Non-Competition Choirs is $25*.

The fee includes:
Choir Uniform T-Shirt*, Alterations to the Formal Uniforms, Dry Cleaning for the year, Choir Binder*, and the Pop Show T-Shirt*
If this poses a financial strain, please turn in the Payment Plan form found in the handbook. 




(832) 386-2628

120 Castlegory Houston TX 77015 US

Meet our Directors

"We are all lucky to be here.

Let's make the most of today."
We understand the time we have with your students is precious and limited. We teach our students that the moments we spend together are important, not to be taken for granted. We seek everyday to learn and grow through each experience.

Carrying on the

Tradition of Excellence

at the Home of Champions.


ehuston@galenaparkisd.com | (832) 386-2628

Ms. Huston graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and earned a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in 2015. She is beginning her nineteenth year as Director of the NSMS Choirs. Ms. Huston is the Fine Arts Department Chair at NSMS and the Region XXXIII JH Choir Organizer. In 2007, she was named NSMS Teacher of the Month by student vote. In 2008, she was honored as a North Channel Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Month.  In 2015, she was named a semi-finalist in the HEB Excellence in Education.  She has presented sessions at TMEA and TCDA conventions. Ms. Huston is a frequent clinician and adjudicator, and is a member of TMEA, TCDA, TMAC, and TMAA. During the summer, Ms. Huston is on faculty with the AFA Summer Music Conservatory. 

Casey Carruth

ccarruth@galenaparkisd.com | (832) 386-2625

Mr. Carruth holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma State University. This will be his 9th year teaching and his first at North Shore Middle. Prior to joining Galena Park ISD, Mr. Carruth was director of choirs at Spring Branch Middle School. At Spring Branch, he led the choral program to its first sweepstakes awards in more than 20 years, had a record number of All Region Choir members, was named the 2017 Rookie Teacher of the Year, and was named the 2018 Spring Branch Middle School Teacher of the Year. Mr. Carruth has also taught in the Coppell and Birdville ISDs. The Coppell A Cappella Choir performed at the 2016 SWACDA Convention during his tenure as assistant director. He is very excited to be joining the faculty at North Shore!



Ms. Jackson graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Music in Music Studies with All-Level Teacher Certification.  She is beginning her second year as a Director of the North Shore Middle School Choirs, where her choirs have won the UIL Sweepstakes award. In 2016, she was chosen to represent Texas State University as a student conductor at the Texas Choral Directors Association. Ms. Jackson is a member of TMEA and TCDA. 

The NSMS Mustang Choir Department is made up of seven different choirs: four treble groups and three tenor/bass groups.

UIL Competition Choirs 

Cantare (2nd period)

Cantabile (3rd period)

Chorale (4th period)

Bel Canto (5th period)

Voce (7th period)

Non-Competition Choirs

Novus (1st period)

Nova (6th period)

Conference Period:

8th Period