Sharyland High School Students selected as Texas All-State Musician

Sharyland High School Students selected as Texas All-State Musician
Posted on 02/16/2018
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Sharyland High School Students selected as Texas All-State Musician

Sharyland High School Honor Band students, Melissa Vaughan and Ricardo Cuellar, were selected to perform in Texas All-State Ensemble in San Antonio, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.  Melissa and Ricardo were chosen for their prestigious honors through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels.

“This is my second year auditioning for the TMEA All State band. For the past six months I have been practicing three etudes at least two hours per day.  Its nerve wracking to know that one mistake could mess everything up. I didn’t expect to make State because at the Area level everyone is so good, but it’s gratifying to know that hard work pays off.” Melissa said.  Melissa plays at school under the direction of Mr. Nelson who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Melissa’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Melissa Vaughan is the daughter of Eugene and Elvira Vaughan.

“As an all-state musician, the process to get me to where I am was tedious to say the least.  It was my first year auditioning for a chair in the state and I have to say that I will definitely be trying out once again my senior year.  The amount that I’ve grown as a musician and as a person is incredible and I owe it all to the all-state audition process.”  Ricardo said.  Ricardo is a student of Mr. Frank Salinas and plays at school also under the direction of Mr. Neil Nelson.  This is Ricardo’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Ricardo Cuellar is the son of Eduardo and Alicia Cuellar.

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,780 students are selected through a process that begins with over 70,000 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 33 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 eight 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 2.5% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

These All-State students 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 the Performances section of www.tmea.org/convention.

The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 13,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Go to www.tmea.org/convention for more information.