The Texas All Region / All-State Choir Process
Each fall, thousands of choral students across the state of Texas enter the All-State Choir audi:on process with hopes of being chosen as one of the 260 singers “still standing” in February at the TMEA All-State Concert. As directors, we are often asked what it takes for a student to make the All-State choir. We always answer the following: It takes a special combination of vocal maturity, musical maturity, desire, dedication, and hard work. The bottom line is commitment. The students that make the choir are not those who enter with only ambitions of “winning” but those that understand the benefits of auditioning and therefore commit to the process. These students find “victory” in their progress as a singer and musician. The CHHS Panther Choir program has an established tradition of multiple students placing in the Texas All-State choir each year. The individual skills (musical, and personal) gained from this process are simply invaluable.
For many students, the all-state process begins with aLendance at one or more of the All-State Choir camps offered by universities over the summer. These camps offer students an opportunity to learn the All-State literature in a group environment. Camps provide a high level of instruction by experienced educators and a variety of social/recreational activities. Camps are 2-4 days in length and vary in price according to the university and housing. Most camps conclude with a “concert” that is recorded and open to the public. Attendance at one of these camps not only provides a huge boost to the student in the all-state process but also enriches them with a wonderful musical experience. There are a variety of camps being offered with both in-person and virtual options this summer.
Please see our recommended list of camps for more information.
To simply learn and perform the All-State literature is a choral experience that many students may not have until college. Thousands of students begin the process and only 260 make the choir. Attending an All-State camp is the best way for students to get a good start on the All-State process and the only way to guarantee that they will have the opportunity to perform the literature with a choir.