Ascension Academy Singers Selected as Texas All-State Musicians

Isabel Houseal, Nate Pearson, and Kelvin Mote, members of the Ascension Academy Cardinal Choir will perform with the Texas All-State Small School Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.

They were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Isabel Houseal, Nate Pearson and Kelvin Mote sing at school under the direction of Sarah Serna who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 12,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. This is Isabel Houseal, Nate Pearson and Kelvin Mote’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization.

I am so proud of all the hard work and dedications the student's have put into the All-State process. They have poured their heart and soul into this music," said Serna. "It has been a privileged to work with such dedicated young people who are passionate about music!"

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2015 to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. More than 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs).

Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. 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 areas 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. Only the top 3% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendeesbring this extraordinary event to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the Performances section of