District Sends 10 Fine Arts Students to All State

Duncanville High School’s Choral Department is sending the largest number of vocalists it has ever had to the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) clinic and convention in San Antonio next month. All six choir students who auditioned at Area competition on Saturday, Jan. 12 advanced to State including Evelyn Ontiveros, the high school’s first female choir student to qualify for State in a decade. The five young men who will join Evelyn in San Antonio are Paul Beaty, Aadon Benson, Nickolas Jones, Matthew Merritt and Ryan Smith.

Duncanville High School Band is celebrating its four musicians who qualified for All State including Francisco Rubio who is the top high school English horn in the state of Texas. Nathaniel Trujillo, Michael Manns and Jaime Salas will also travel to San Antonio to join the other top musicians in the state. They will participate in clinics and rehearsals and then perform in their respective bands on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote students' dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage TMEA member directors to support their students in this development.

Beginning each fall, more than 70,000 high school students across the state audition in their TMEA Region. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part.

A select group of musicians advances to compete against musicians from other Regions in their TMEA Area. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in one of 15 Texas All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs.