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Friona Student Selected as
Texas All-State Musician

Friona High School student Brooklynne Johnston has been selected to perform with the Texas All-State Small School Mixed Choir in San Antonio on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. She was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Brooklynne is a student of Mary Jane Johnson and sings at school under the direction of John Lee Bonner, who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 19,000+-member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Brooklynne’s fourth time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Brooklynne is the daughter of Bryan and Allison Johnston.

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. A total of 1,780 students are selected through a process that begins with over 70,000 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 33 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 eight different 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 2.5% 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. Thousands of attendees come to see the performances, which is the grand finale of this extraordinary event. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the Performances section of www.tmea.org/convention.