AHS Seniors Selected TMEA All-State Choir
Aledo High School seniors Madison O’Brien (pictured left) and Danielle Harrington have earned prestigious state recognition in choir.
Both have been selected Texas Musical Ensemble All-State Choir. With this honor, they will perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. They were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region and Area levels.
“These two students work so hard and are so dedicated to their craft,” said Karen Paul, Aledo High School Choir Director. “I am in awe of their talents and could not be more proud and honored to have them in the Aledo High School Choir. They are truly amazing young ladies in every way.”
O’Brien is a four-time all-state choir member and Harrington is a three-time all-state member. Harrington placed first in Area, which is regarded as one of the most competitive in the state.
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. The selections include 1,780 students chosen through a process that began with over 72,900 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 2.4% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.