Magnolia High's Izzy Luscombe and Magnolia West's Mason Clarkson, both members of their school choir, have earned the prestigious honor of being named a Texas All-State Musician. Despite the innumerable challenges encountered throughout this school year, 2021 All-Staters remained committed to their personal musical development. They demonstrated the very perseverance and dedication that ongoing participation in a music program fosters.
Both students were chosen for this impressive honor through a competitive process that began last fall and included District, Region, and Area levels. Luscombe sings with Chorale and the varsity Women's Choir under the direction of Jennifer Franz, a member of the Texas Music Educator's Association, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Luscombe's first time performing as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. She is the daughter of Justin and Samantha Luscombe and also studies privately with Mrs. Caren Crandon.
Clarkson sings with the Magnolia West High School Chorale under the direction of Sylvia Graza and Aaron Vierkant, both also members of the TMEA. This is his second time to be chosen as a member of the TMEA All-State organization. He is the son of Belinda and John Clarkson and studies privately with Mr. Mike Ware.
TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote students’ dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage educators to support their students in this development. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.
Over 50,000 students from around the state initially entered the audition process, and 1,860 students have been selected for 2021. 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 a TMEA All-State music group.
Because of the impacts of the pandemic, TMEA will not host a 2021 performance event.
Additionally, Magnolia High School student Cole Maney was named a member of the TMEA All-State Band, the highest honor Texas music students can receive.
Maney plays bass clarinet with the Magnolia High School Wind Symphony under the direction of Robert Medina, a member of TMEA. This is his second time performing as a member of TMEA All-State organization. He is the son of Lee and Colleen Maney. He also studies privately with Mr. Timothy Wright.
Magnolia West student Steve Fuentes has also earned the prestigious honor of being named a Texas All-State Musician. He plays percussion at Magnolia West High School under the direction of Mike Wilson and Matt Power, both TMEA members. This is his first time performing as a member of TMEA All-State organization. He is the son of Anny Fuentes.
Congratulations to all of these students on this prestigious award.