Twelve Midway High School choral students qualified for the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choirs. Congratulations to the following students: Josie Pooler, Ashley Brewer, Haley Luse, Mia Scott, Stephen Zheng, Joshua Tripp, Nathaniel Hejduk, Timothy Bang, Scott Schulz, Jamie West, Joseph Micus, and Christian Forbis. The Midway High School choirs are directed by Jeff and Jannifer Rice.
Area auditions were held across the state on Saturday, January 13. Area D auditions were conducted at Midway High School hosted by the MHS Choir Department and MHS Choir Boosters. Area audition host assistants were Caleb Overstreet, RVIS/WIS Choir Director, and Parker Bowen, Baylor Student Intern. Jeff Rice serves as the TMEA Area D Vocal Chair.
MHS Choir private voice teachers are Julianne Best, David Guess, Christen Kimmel, Megan Gackle, and Andy Eaton.
These talented vocalists will perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 14, 2018 as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.
About the competition:
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2017 to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Over 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of 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 seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 3% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.
These All-State students will participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/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 www.tmea.org/convention.
The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 11,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Go to www.tmea.org/convention for more information.