Record 7 CHHS Panther Choir Students selected to Texas All-State Choir
Pictured from Top Left: Cecilia Yip, Devin Parish, Kolton Krueger, Abbey Jefferies; Bottom Left: Jada Duff, Hannah Fox, Christen Volding
Chisten Volding, Hannah Fox, Cecilia Yip, Abigail Jefferies, Kolton Krueger, Devin Parish, and
Jada Duff, members of the Colleyville Heritage HS Panther Choir will perform with the Texas
All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Henry B. Gonzalez
Convention Center as part of the 2016 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. The CHHS Panther Choir program is under the
direction of Thomas Rinn and Rachel Massey who are both members of the Texas Music
Educators Association, a 12,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. The selection
of seven studenst into the All-State Choir is a school and district record making the CHHS choir
program one of the most represented campuses in the area in the All-State Choir.
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through
several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2015 to qualify at the state level. All-State is
the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Over 1,600 students are selected through a
process that begins with over 64,000 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 28 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 seven 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 3% 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 12,000 school music educators
dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Go to www.tmea.org/convention for more