Zack McConnell, a senior at Prosper High School will perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. McConnell was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at region, and area levels. McConnell is a student of Sylvia Rivers and sings at school under the direction of Aaron Tombrella, who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 12,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is McConnell’s third time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. McConnell is the son of Zack and Linda McConnell.
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Over 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 64,000 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 28 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 seven 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 3 percent of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.