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Student earns 4th All-State selection

Marquis McBride earns fourth All-State choir selection. PHS senior Marquis McBride, a member of the Princeton High School varsity choir, will make a remarkable fourth appearance at the All-State choir festivities. Because of his selection, he will perform with the Texas All-State Mixed Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.

McBride was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at district, region and area levels. Marquis is a Tenor 1, and sings at Princeton High School under the direction of Rachel Lavender, who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, which is a 19,000-plus member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Marquis’ fourth time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Marquis is the son of Marquita and Isiah McBride.

McBride set a goal last year after his third consecutive trip to state to earn a spot his senior year with the mixed choir. He wanted the distinction of performing with all choirs available.

McBride said he comes from a family of singers who have been supportive.

“Everyone in my family sings, but no one has pursued it like I have,” he said. “But they are always proud of me.”

McBride may have started singing too early to remember, but his official chorale music education started in sixth grade.

“I’ve always sang in my church choir,” he said. “That made me want to choose choir when I had the option of band, orchestra or choir in middle school, and that’s really where I found my love for music.”

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, with 1,795 students selected through a process that began with more than 66,800 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of the 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 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 2.6 percent 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. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the Performances section of www.tmea.org/convention.

The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 13,500 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. Go to www.tmea.org/convention for more information.

The 2020 convention will be even more distinct because TMEA is celebrating 100 years as a music educators association.