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January 13th, 2010
SMHS Students make All-State Choir

011210katydwaylonKaty Whitbeck, left, and Dwaylan Applewhite, right, were selected from San Marcos High School to perform in the prestigious Texas All-State Choir.


San Marcos High School (SMHS) students Katy Whitbeck and Dwaylan Applewhite recently were selected to perform in the Texas All-State Choir. Whitbeck made second chair, while Applewhite made third chair. SMHS student Sam Heaton was named send alternate to the men’s All-State Choir.

Whitbeck set a SMHS record by being the first San Marcos choir student to make All-State Choir three years in a row.

“I am very proud of these choir members and their dedication,” SMHS Choral Director Helen Miers. “It is a four month process, starting in the summer with choir camp preparation and the first audition in September. Over 15,000 choral students begin the process, and only 500 make it to the All-State choir. In our area (four regions), only the top four singers in each section are chosen.”

Whitbeck and Applewhite will sing in the All-State Choir at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio on Feb 13 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The nation’s largest music educator’s convention, the TMEA event will draw more than 25,000 people from Texas and beyond.

Students selected for the All-State Choir have competed  through several levels of auditions to reach the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas high school music student can achieve in state competition.

Whitbeck and Applewhite will participate in three days of rehearsals with nationally acclaimed conductors during the TMEA convention. The convention also serves as a clinic for music instructors and as a resource for music education techniques.  The All-State Choir performance is the grand finale for the event.

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