Eight Socorro Independent School District fine arts students were named All-State musicians, and will represent their school and district on February 17 at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio.
“Socorro ISD is proud of these students, their directors, and their campus administration,” said Ronald Pingor, assistant director of fine arts. “The countless hours of practice, musical study, and perseverance demonstrated by these young musicians speaks well of themselves and their families.”
SISD’s All-State musicians are: Victoria Torres (piccolo), Skylar Gallegos (bassoon) and Nicolas Hernandez (vocals) from Americas High School; Matthew Palacios (Eb clarinet), Julian Saucedo (tenor sax) and Guillermo Lopez (bass guitar) from Montwood High School; Robert Harris (oboe), from El Dorado High School; and Juan Lara (baritone saxophone) from Pebble Hills High School.
Many of the eight SISD students have been selected as All-state musicians before, including Montwood’s Lopez, who has earned the distinction all four years of high school. For some of the students, such as Lara, a freshman at Pebble Hills, attending the TMEA conference is a first.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to play with top musicians across the state who are as passionate about music as I am,” Lara said. “My directors tell me that this is a really big accomplishment and that I will understand what they mean when I get there. As of now, I don’t feel nervous because I am prepared. I have been practicing as much as I can.”
SISD instructors said their musicians will do well at the concert and praise their students for their strong work ethic, passion and commitment.
“Nicolas is a phenomenal musician and one of Texas’ best,” said Janet McFarling, choir instructor at Americas High School. “He is constantly singing and always striving to be better. He is one of the hardest working choir members I have.”
The All-State musicians will have the opportunity to rehearse with nationally recognized conductors for three days, and perform for the numerous convention participants Feb. 17 at the TMEA concert.
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive, according to the TMEA website.
More than 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with some 64,000 Texas students striving to perform in one of 15 ensembles including band, orchestra, choir and jazz.