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Area Choir Students Selected as Texas All-State Musicians

On January 12, 2019 four choir area students were selected to perform in Texas All-State Music Ensembles. Over 72,900 students initially entered the All-State competitive process 1,780 students are selected to perform in 15 All-State ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). All-State performances will be held as part of the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention, Feb. 13–16, 2019. Over 29,000 people from Texas and around the world will attend over 300 workshops, 100 performances, and visit over 1,400 exhibit booths at this nation’s largest music educators convention. For more information please visit:

Chloe Espinoza, Joaquin Garza, Dennis Gutierrez, and Rachel Heiser, members of the San Marcos High School Varsity Chamber Ensemble, will perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 16, 2019 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. All four students are under the tutelage of private voice instructor, Ms. Mackenize Powell and sing in the SMHS Choir programs under the direction of Dawn Sheridan-Reinhuber and Brigitte Smith who are members of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Chloe and Dennis’s first year to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization and Joaquin and Rachel’s second year. Chloe Espinoza is the daughter of Gina Hernandez. Joaquin Garza is the son of Alfredo and Joanna Garza, Dennis Gutierrez is the son of Dennis and Sharla Gutierrez, and Rachel Heiser is the daughter of Billy and Roxi Heiser.

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 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.

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 vent to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the Performances section of

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SMHS Area Choir Students Selected as Texas All-State Musicians