San Benito students selected as Texas All-State vocalists

Special to the Star

Two members of the San Benito Greyhound Chorale successfully competed at the Area round of the Texas All-State auditions. Julian Niño was selected as a Texas All-State vocalist, and Audrey Garza was selected as a first-alternate.

According to San Benito CISD Director of Choirs Eradio Martinez, it had been over three years since the district has had a Texas All-State vocalist.

“This is a testament to the progress of the SBCISD choral program,” said Martinez.

All-State vocalists are chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process sponsored by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and held throughout the academic year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels.

Only 1,780 students were selected through a process that began with over 72,900 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles – bands, orchestras, and choirs. Only the top 2.4% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

“All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive,” explained Martinez.

Niño will now participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the upcoming 2019 TMEA Clinic/Convention in San Antonio. At the conclusion of the convention, he will perform with the Texas All-State Tenor-Bass Chorus for thousands of attendees.

Julian Niño is the son of Daniel Niño, and Audrey Garza is the daughter of Ana and Jesus Garza. They perform under the direction of Martinez and assistants Anna Garcia and Berta Guerra.

The Texas Music Educators Association is an association of over 13,500 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education.