January 13, 2014

Kiersten Mathis Granbury High School sophomore Kiersten Mathis recently honored with selection to the All-State choirs of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). 

Mathis was among five choir students taking part in the final audition round held January 11, 2014, at Midland Lee High School. Also competing were Baylee Davis, Brynn Deger, Deanna Rupp, and Zach Zagrocki.

An Alto 2 singer, Mathis was selected to be in the TMEA All-State Women’s Choir under the direction of Jeffrey Redding, director of choral activities at West Virginia University.

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Mathis was 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. The highest-ranking musicians are selected for the state ensembles from among the 55,000 band, choir, and orchestra students that initially entered the multi-level musical competition.

The All-State choirs will perform on Saturday, February 14 during the 2012 TMEA Clinic/Convention to be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The students in the state ensembles participate in three days of rehearsals by nationally-recognized conductors. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring the convention to a close.