Eight PSJA ISD music students earn competitive membership to All-State Band, Choir

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Four PSJA North ECHS students earned membership to the TMEA All-State Choir.

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PHARR – Eight Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) fine arts students participated in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) area auditions held Jan. 10 and earned All-State membership for band and choir.

Beginning each fall, over 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 advance to compete against musicians from other Regions in their TMEA Area.  

PSJA Memorial ECHS Senior Jesse Gallegos earned membership to the TMEA All-State Band.

The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in one of 15 Texas All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs. These All-State ensembles rehearse for three days, directed by nationally recognized conductors, and perform on the closing day of the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention. 

The PSJA ISD students who earned All-State TMEA membership are as follows: 

All-State Band 

  • Caden Karr – 10th grade student at PSJA ECHS 
  • Christian Hernandez – 12th grade student at PSJA North ECHS 
  • Jesse Gallegos – 12th grade student at PSJA North ECHS  
  • Jesse Gonzales – 12th grade student at PSJA Memorial ECHS  
PSJA North ECHS music students Jesse Gallegos and Christian Hernandez earned membership to the TMEA All-State Band.

All-State Choir 

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  • Alexa Ochoa – 10th grade student at PSJA North ECHS 
  • Alexis Palomin – 11th grade student at PSJA North ECHS 
  • Catherine di Grazia – 11th grade student at PSJA North ECHS  
  • Joben Teran – 12th grade student at PSJA North ECHS  

“Being recognized as an All-Stater is the highest honor a high school music student can achieve. This designation reflects not only outstanding talent but more importantly a strong work ethic and an intense desire to excel,” said PSJA Fine Arts Director Jon Taylor. “Congratulations to our All-State students and their teachers. We are looking forward to your concerts in San Antonio next month!” 

Caden Karr, a sophomore at PSJA North ECHS, earned membership to the TMEA All-State Band.

These students will perform with other All-State students from across Texas at the TMEA Convention to be held in San Antonio in February 12-15. Congratulations to all! 

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