All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. This year, Kim, Wu, and Wang were selected from a field of 672 finalists and given the honor to perform in San Antonio, Texas in February as part of the TMEA Convention.
This is James Wu’s third consecutive year to be selected for this honor. He ranked 19th out of the 672 violin finalists.
Over 1,500 students are selected in 13 ensembles (bands, orchestras and choirs) through a process that begins with over 55,000 students from around the state.
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 or voice part.
From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances 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.
These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual state TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances before thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close