Tyler, Texas (Tyler ISD) — Abigail Jorden, an eleventh grader at Robert E. Lee (REL) High School, was recently selected to join the 2013-2014 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Orchestra, an honor she has now earned for three years in a row. Abigail was selected as a member of the first level orchestra and is one of the top 40 violinists in the state of Texas.
“This accomplishment takes hours and hours of work and practice,” Julie Simpson, Orchestra Director at REL, said. “It is very rare to receive this honor one time, much less three times in a row.”
All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advance from their Region to compete against musicians from other Regions in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group.
“I have only known a handful of people who have made it three years in a row,” Tyler ISD Director of Visual and Performing Arts George Faber, said. “This is such a wonderful honor for Abigail and her family.”
Abigail will join other All-State orchestra members in February for a three-day rehearsal directed by nationally recognized conductors before performing at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio.
“I am honored to be able to experience this incredible time growing in instruction and love of music with other students,” Abigail said. “It's such a wonderful opportunity to have different conductors as you progress in skill and interpretation of various music.”