Sixteen Northwest ISD students earn spots on TMEA all-state music groups
Sixteen Northwest ISD students earned places on the Texas Music Educator Association’s all-state music groups, with each high school having at least four students selected. The total marks the district’s most students selected to the groups over a span of at least two decades, as the oldest data TMEA has available online for Northwest ISD comes from 1998.
TMEA’s all-state groups represent the top honor for high school music students in Texas. Students must first audition and make their respective discipline’s all-region group, then they must audition and make the all-area group. Those who qualify at the top of their area are named all-state musicians. Auditions vary by discipline, with band and choir musicians required to perform in front of judges (band students audition two rounds, and choir students audition four rounds), while orchestra students record a single performance for judging under the supervision of TMEA organizers.
Byron Nelson High School earned six students across four all-state music groups. In the All-State Tenor-Bass Choir, senior Zachary Garcia earned a selection as a tenor 1 singer, and junior classmate Ethan Gates earned his spot as a tenor 2. In the All-State Treble Choir, junior Melanie McBride was selected as a soprano 2, and fellow junior Whitney Stonecipher was selected as a soprano 1. Senior Emily Chippendale earned first-chair alto 2, the top spot, on the All-State Mixed Choir, while senior percussionist Emily McCollum is representing the Bobcats on the All-State Band.
Zachary’s selection marks the second time he has earned a selection to an all-state music group.
Byron Nelson’s bands are directed by Jed Weeks, Brad Toth, Michael Moore and John Bingaman; its choir is directed by John Sikon and Katherine Engle.
Eaton High School also earned six students across four all-state music groups. Freshman Athens Allec earned a spot on the All-State Band playing French horn, and junior classmate Abigail Elder was selected to the group as a Bb clarinet player. Eaton seniors Jessica Webba and Sarah Zimmerman earned spots on the All-State Mixed Choir as alto 2 and soprano 1 singers, respectively. Senior Hunter Kuhlman was the school’s representative on the All-State Jazz Ensemble as a bass trombonist, and sophomore French horn player Micah Northam was its All-State Band selection.
Micah, Hunter and Sarah’s selections mark the second time each has been selected to an all-state music group.
Eaton’s bands are directed by Paul Elder, Matt Moore and Jason Williams; its choir is directed by Joel Roberts and Grace Anderson.
Northwest High School students earned four selections to two all-state music groups. In the All-State Mixed Choir category, senior Cynthia Kaniki was selected as an alto 2, senior Pierce McKinzie was selected as a tenor 2 and senior Jonathan Sneed was selected as a tenor 1. Junior tenor trombonist Justen Williams was the school’s representative on the All-State Band.
With her selection, Cynthia has earned a position on an all-state music group each of her four years in high school. Jonathan has earned a selection to an all-state music group three consecutive years.
Northwest’s band is directed by Jim Boulet, Matthew Cho and Frank Gonzalez; its choir is directed by Kaitlyn Carty and Bradley Kerley.
Students selected to TMEA all-state groups will perform with their group peers at the association’s annual convention in San Antonio in February.