MELISSA, TX – On Saturday, Jan. 9, the Melissa High School Choir Department participated in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) area auditions, where five students earned spots in the All-State Small School Choir.
Junior Molly Kennedy and Sophomore Kealey Poole were selected to the choir for the second consecutive year. Sophomore Hayley Hurst, along with freshmen James Killingsworth and Rachel Wresh, are first-time recipients of the honor. Additionally, Wresh was selected as First Chair for soprano voices.
Melissa High School All-State Choir students will participate in rehearsals and a performance at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio this Feb. 10-13. Over 120 students representing small schools throughout Texas will join Melissa students at the convention.
The Melissa High School Choir is under the direction of Theresa Killingsworth.
The TMEA All-State Small School Choir is a program for students in 1A–4A schools. These All-State students will participate in three days of rehearsals directed by Dr. Kenneth Davis during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Dr. Davis taught at the university level for almost 30 years, including time at St. John’s College and Texas Tech University.
Each high school student selected to perform in All-State concerts has competed through several levels of auditions, beginning in Fall 2015, to qualify at the state level.
Over 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around the state, vying for the honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles. All-State is the highest honor that a Texas high school music student can receive.
For more information: Contact Maddie Coe, Community Relations.