They selected three North Lamar High School choir students to perform in the Texas All-State Music Ensemble. More than 70,000 students initially entered the TMEA All-State competitive process; they selected 1,875 students to perform in 18 All-State ensembles.
All-State performances will be part of the annual TMEA Clinic and Convention on February 9-12, 2022, where more than 30,000 people from around the world will attend 275 workshops and 100 performances and visit 1,200 exhibit booths at the nation’s largest music educators convention. This year’s convention theme is Celebrating Music Together, as the organization returns for its first in-person convention since 2020.
Bonnie Dong, Jillian Jones, and Mackenna Miller, members of the North Lamar HS Choir, will perform with the Texas All-State Small School Mixed Choir in San Antonio on Saturday, February 12, at the Henry B. González Convention Center. They used a competitive process in the district, region, and area levels to select students.
Bonnie sings soprano; this is her second-time performance as part of the All-State Choir. She is the daughter of Mike and May Dong.
Jillian Jones sings alto; this will be Jillian’s third time to perform in the All-State Choir. She is the daughter of Cory and Melissa Jones.
Mackenna Miller sings alto; this will be Makenna’s first time to perform in the All-State Choir. She is the daughter of Joanie Hedrick.
The competitive process to select the All-State Choirs begins in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Then, individual musicians perform selected music for judges who rank each instrument or voice part.
From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA Area competitions. Finally, the highest-ranking musicians qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.
All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic and Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the Performances section of www.tmea.org/convention.