Granbury High School students Lauren Boleng and Andrew Walters performed with All-State ensembles to close the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) state conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio on February 17, 2018.
Boleng, a flute player, ranked third in the state and performed with Class 6A All-State Symphony Orchestra, the most prestigious instrumental ensemble with conductor Jung-Ho Pak from the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Walters, a junior, performed with the All-State Mixed Choir, which is the top vocal ensemble conducted by Dr. Andre Thomas from Florida State University. He was seated in second chair among Bass 1 singers.
Both students returned to the All-State ranks after qualifying in 2016, when Boleng was a sophomore and Walters was a freshman.
All-State is the highest honor for a Texas music student. The two students were chosen through a competitive process involving several levels of auditions held this school year throughout the state. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group advances from each of the twenty-eight regions to compete against others in seven area competitions.
Only five hundred are selected for the state ensembles from among almost 60,000 band, choir, and orchestra students that initially entered the multi-level musical competition.
Boleng is pictured with GHS band director Mark Eastin, while Walters is with GHS choir director Kendra Fisher.