WHEREAS, For nearly a quarter of a century, the Young Texas
Artists Music Competition in Conroe has contributed to the
development of gifted young musicians, while also offering area
citizens a remarkable opportunity to enjoy a host of memorable
performances; and
       WHEREAS, Created in 1983 by the Montgomery County
Performing Arts Society, the competition is designed for vocal
and instrumental musicians from 18 to 30 years of age who are
either residents of Texas or who attend Texas music schools; this
event draws a stunning array of talent for competition in one of
four divisions--piano, voice, string, and orchestral instruments;
contestants are evaluated by a panel of distinguished judges,
men and women who have won national and international acclaim in
their respective disciplines; and
       WHEREAS, The first three days of competition are free and
open to the public, while the final round, which takes place
in the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe, forms part of the
Montgomery County Performing Arts Society regular season; and
       WHEREAS, In addition to vying for the title of Young Texas
Artist, contestants compete for cash prizes, which in 2007
totaled more than $16,000; they also compete for opportunities to
perform with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery County
Choral Society, and The Living Opera of Dallas, as well as an
opportunity to perform in a recital in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby
Center for the Performing Arts in Houston; and
       WHEREAS, Participants in the competition have gone on to
achieve notable success; they have secured places in symphonies
and opera companies and have taken teaching positions around the
world; they have performed on stages from the El Paso Opera and
Laredo Philharmonic to the Houston Grand Opera and Broadway and
at opera houses in Chicago and New York; former participants
have also earned the Sir Georg Solti Foundation scholarship and
numerous other grants, have won the Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate
Piano Competition, and have been nominated for three Grammy
awards; and
       WHEREAS, The Young Texas Artists Music Competition enjoys
a long tradition of encouraging excellence in young musicians
and fostering high artistic standards among area citizens, and
it is fitting that it be accorded legislative recognition for
its significant contributions to the cultural vitality of the
Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it
       RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
80th Legislature, hereby designate the Young Texas Artists Music
Competition in Conroe as an official Texas State music competition;
and, be it further
       RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared in
honor of this competition.
    President of the Senate
    I hereby certify that the
above Resolution was adopted by
the Senate on February 26, 2007.
    Secretary of the Senate
     Member, Texas Senate