Congratulations to sophomore Katrina Sawyer! She is a member of Awty's Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band and she will perform with the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.
Katrina was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at the District, Region, and Area levels. She is a student of Aaron Montes’ and plays at Awty under the direction of Jason Peguero, who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin.
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. Only the top 2.5% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians. Over 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with over 70,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). 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.
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 www.tmea.org/convention.