CCISD High School Musicians Earn Highest Honor in Texas

CCISD High School Musicians Earn Highest Honor in Texas
Posted on 02/25/2021
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Twenty-three Clear Creek ISD high school musicians representing band, choir and orchestra recently earned the honor to participate in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Ensembles. This is the highest honor for musicians at this level.

Beginning each fall, more than 70,000 high school students from across the state audition in their region. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. A select group of musicians then advance to Area. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in one of 15 Texas All-State Bands, Orchestras and Choirs.

“To make All State, a number of things have to happen,” said Clear Falls High School senior and All-State Band musician Tarryn Goldner. “You need to have enough discipline to practice, you need to perform in front of teachers, parents, and directors to build up your confidence, and you need to take constructive criticism. All that combined gives you the best chance of making it.”

Goldner joined the small list of students who have been named as an All-State musician all four years of high school. He was also selected as one of only four students in Texas to receive the 2021-2022 TMEA Executive Board Undergraduate Scholarship.

“I was so ecstatic,” said Goldner, who plans to pursue a music education degree after high school. “The feeling was surreal. Being in band has definitely taught me skills such as discipline and time management which are going to be very helpful when I go to college.”

With safety restrictions in place due to COVID-19 this year, the competition transitioned from an in-person event to online auditions where students sent in a recording of their musical piece for judging.

“The change was huge, forcing the entire state to run auditions on a platform we had not used before,” said Rob Phillips, Clear Springs High School choir director and VPA department chair. “I think the students generally handled the shift very well. Our students were very successful in the process and enjoyed the ability to perfect their audition submission recording.”

 TMEA also cancelled the student performance event held at the annual state convention each year. The students still had opportunities to meet with college faculty and alumni during the convention.

“I'm thrilled that our strongest musicians once again took the all-state process seriously this year, despite the challenges and uncertainty of an all-state experience,” said Phillips. “Although they won't have that ‘capstone experience’ this year, I do know that the process has helped them to grow and mature as a musician and music student; these benefits of their hard work are long term and life changing.”

Find the full list of students below:

Clear Brook High School

Logan De-La-Fuente, All State Choir

Clear Creek High School

Dennis Xu, All State Choir

James Brandt, All State Band

Clear Falls High School

Tarryn Goldner, All State Band

Americo Zapata, All State Band

Jessica McLaughlin, All State Choir

Justine McCusker, All State Choir

Shelby Griffin, All State Choir

Zachary Brabston, All State Choir

Mikas Dunn, All State Orchestra

Clear Lake High School

Jack McBurnett, All State Band

Pedro Flores, All State Band

Sterling Merrill, All State Choir

Colin Roberts, All State Orchestra

Ngoc-Quynh Nguen, All State Orchestra

Olivia Dinardis, All State Orchestra

Syed Hussain, All State Orchestra

Clear Springs High School

Aiden Knight, All State Band

Gannon Allen, All State Band

Noah Surface, All State Band

Emma Garcia, All State Choir

Lindsey Austin, All State Choir

Miguel Facuette, All State Band

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