group of students singing at the convocation

VMHS student earns spot in All-State Choir

            Mission Texas- Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS)student, Aylin Salinas has been selected to perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio on February 17 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA)Clinic/Convention. She was chosen for this honor through a competitive process held this school year across the state at district, region, and area levels. Salinas sings at VMHS under the direction of Vanessa Rodriguez and Ricardo Garza who are members of the TMEA. This will be the second time Salinas has earned a spot in a TMEA All-State choir.

            Students selected for an All-State choir participate in three days of rehearsals, directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performance for thousands of attendees bring this event to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the performances section of

            High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions, beginning in the fall of 2017 to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,780 student 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). TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins through 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.

            The TMEA is an association of more than 12,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education.

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