Hannah Fox, Abigail Jefferies, Jada Duff, Levi Lebsack, and Kolton Krueger, all members of the Colleyville Heritage Panther Choirs will perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. The students were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Since opening in 1996 the Colleyville Heritage Panther Choir has consistently placed students in the Texas All-State Choirs, recently becoming one of the most represented campuses in the area.
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2016 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 68,000 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 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.