Nine Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy vocalists make All-State choirs

Nine Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy High School choral students have been named to Texas Music Educators Association Large School All-State Choirs. GPFAA had the second most Large School TMEA-Texas All-State Choir members in the state of Texas.

Selected are Maddie Aman, Isabelle Artista, Brianna Bernabe, John Dubois, Olivia Garza, Mikaela Neubauer, Paris Smith, Nicholas Traylor and Jacob Serrano.

Garza and Serrano were named All-State first chairs in their voice categories.

These vocalists will perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio on Feb. 17th as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and Convention. The students were chosen for this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at district, region and area levels.

The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy High School choirs are directed by Joel Duarte and Candice Maughan

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.

The Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 31 TMEA regions.

More than 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs).

Only the top 3 percent 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.

For the All-State concert schedule, go to www.tmea.org/convention.