Forty-nine Fort Bend ISD students selected as 2014 Texas All-State Musicians
Forty-nine Fort Bend ISD high school student musicians have earned the highest honor a Texas music student can achieve by being selected to perform with the Texas All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra. These students will perform as part of the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic/Convention, which will be held on Saturday, February 15, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas All-State competition welcomed more than 60,000 students who entered the process this school year by competing at District, Regional and Area-level auditions. The FBISD honorees are among 1,500 students selected to perform in one of 13 ensembles before approximately 26,000 music educators at the TMEA Clinic/Convention.
Among the FBISD All-State performers are:
• Austin High School – Sherry Hu, Charlotte Hunt, Emily Westfall
• Dulles High School – Sarah Gregory
• Elkins High School – Nathaniel Farrar, Raphael Laran
• Hightower High School – Tyler Mahilum
• Ridge Point High School – Joshua Bonnette
• Clements High School – Mason Bynes, Matthew Cramerus, Amy Farrell, Emily Garvin, Madeline Gonynor, Gabrielle Young
• Dulles High School – Ryan Reyes
• Elkins High School – Sarah Gosch, Sera Makil
• Ridge Point High School – Madison Blanco
• Travis High School – Uddin Hamza, Vincent Ngo
• Austin High School – Blake Awodu, Amy Williams, Elaine Wood, Claire Wood, Brittany Xiao, Eric Yeung, Kevin S. Zhang
• Clements High School – Mohan Bhadriraju, Jillan Gunawan, Helen He, Cher Liu, Marin Osawa, Sergio Robert-Kim, Noel Shen, Theresa Tian, Eajer Toh, Jennifer Um, Becky Wang, Dana Zhang, Grant Zhao
• Dulles High School – Kelly Lau, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Song, Troy Stephenson, Alex Tai, Julianne Willey
• Ridge Point High School – Adam Fishburn
• Travis High School – Joyce Huang, Helen Li
Each of these students entered a competitive process that began in statewide auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians performed select music for a panel of judges who ranked each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advanced from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualified to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. The All-State students will participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances will bring the event to a close.
The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of more than 11,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. For more information about the association, go to www.tmea.org/convention.
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