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Area Student Selected as Texas All-State Musician

WHEN: January 8, 2022


WHAT: Area student selected to perform in Texas All-State Music Ensemble

- Over 70,000 students initially enter the TMEA All-State competitive process

- 1,875 students are selected to perform in 18 All-State ensembles

- All-State performances will be held as part of the annual TMEA Clinic/

Convention, February 9–12, 2022. Over 30,000 people from Texas and around

the world are expected to attend over 275 workshops, 100 performances, and

visit over 1,200 exhibit booths at this nation’s largest music educators


- At this convention TMEA will be Celebrating Music Together as we return for

our first in-person convention since 2020.

MORE INFO:; (817) 601-7667

Esther Expo & Caleb Bartee, members of the High Point Academy Choir will perform with the Texas All-State Small School Mixed Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 12, 2022, at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2022 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Esther and Caleb were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Caleb & Esther sing at school under the direction of Ellie Lin who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 14,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Esther & Caleb’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Esther is the is the daughter of Lloyd and Julia Ekpo. Caleb is the son of Jonathan and Amy Bartee High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,875 students are selected through a process that began with over 70,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 18 ensembles. Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout 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. 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 Founded in 1921, Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 14,000 members dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Go to for more information.

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