The Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees gave special recognition at their Board Meeting on Tuesday to 21 students from Conroe High School, Oak Ridge High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, and The Woodlands High School who were named 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State musicians.
The TMEA Texas All-State competition is a competitive process that 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. 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.
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). Only the top 3% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians, and 21 of these students are from Conroe ISD.
Conroe ISD All-State Musicians are:
- Conroe High School – Kyler West and Matthew Newhouse
- Oak Ridge High School – Elias Zimmerman and Adrian Velasco
- The Woodlands College Park High School – Amrutha Murthy, Ivy Taylor, Winter Bourdier, Jesus Bravo, Alan Boudreaux, Matthew Frangos, Troy Fulton, and Justin Stobart
- The Woodlands High School – Patrick Gaffney, Nathan Keene, Emily Sandoval, Katie Stobbe, Varsha Iyer, Jordan Sims, Paige DeJarnett, Aidan Stock, and Colin Jones Dr. Robert Horton, Coordinator of Fine Arts, introduced these outstanding musicians and their instructors to the Trustees.