Mansfield ISD Magazine Summer 2021 | Page 8


The All-State band and choir students go through several rounds of auditions to achieve that title .

Twenty-two Mansfield ISD fine arts students have earned a distinction given to the top high school musicians in the state .

Twelve MISD band students and 10 choir students were named All-State musicians by the Texas Music Educators Association ( TMEA ). According to TMEA , it is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive .
The young musicians undergo multiple rounds of auditions to achieve the designation .
Each fall , over 70,000 high school students across the state audition in their TMEA region . A select group of students advance to compete against musicians from other regions in the area competition .
The highest-ranking musicians in the area contest , usually less than 2,000 students total , then qualify to perform in one of 18 Texas All-State ensembles in band , orchestra or vocal divisions .
This year ’ s annual TMEA Clinic / Convention was held virtually Feb . 11-13 .
Band All-State Musicians
Dominik Castillo Noah Daniels Emily Holland Hannah Hunt Warren Gibb Layton Liana Northcutt Viviana Pichardo Jett Schnackenberg Evan Shugart Kyra Ullman Luis Valdez Ethan Vinson
Akerman will be taught by renowned musicians during his residency .
Choir All-State Musicians
Marcela Estrada Di Nisio Josiah Gonzalez Haley Hudson Graham Hughes Emily Ledesma Hannah Reeve Madalyn Ross Chloe Williams Nathan Williams Aaron Wu
On the national level , a Mansfield ISD fine arts student has once again been selected by Carnegie Hall as one of the top young musicians in the country .
Dillon Akerman , a senior at Lake Ridge High School , is one of the 97 students chosen to play in the 2021 National Youth Orchestra of the United States ( NYO- USA ). He was also selected last year .
The orchestra , comprised of musicians ages 16-19 from several states , will gather in July at Purchase College , State University of New York ( SUNY ) for a month-long residency that will include mentorship , classes and performances .