Three students from Robert E. Lee High School were selected from a pool of thousands of students to perform in one of the All-State ensembles during the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention.
The students earned their spots in the All-State ensembles after performing in region and area auditions. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.
Students Abby Jordan, Kevin Kwaku, and Meredith Oliver earned the opportunity to perform with the All-State ensembles. Abby Jordan, a violinist, was selected as a member of the All-State String Orchestra. Kevin Kwaku, who plays the trumpet, was selected as a member of the All-State Band. He placed first chair at the audition, and this will be his second year to perform with the All-State Band. This is also vocalist Meredith Oliver’s second time to be selected for the All-State Choir.
“We are so proud of the students who earned a spot with the All-State ensembles and those who competed in the area and region auditions,” George Faber, Tyler ISD Director of Visual and Performing Arts, said. “These achievements represent some of the wonderful things happening in our school music programs.”
More than 1,500 students were selected to perform with one of 13 All-State ensembles. The selection process started with more than 55,000 students from across the state competing for a spot in one of the band, orchestra, and choir ensembles. Students chosen to perform with an All-State ensemble will participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors.
The students from Robert E. Lee will perform before thousands of attendees at the TMEA Convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on Saturday, February 11.