Senior Cellist Performing with All-State Philharmonic Orchestra

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Courtesy of Melissa Cruz

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Courtesy of Melissa Cruz

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Melissa Cruz, a member of the Ursuline-Jesuit-Cistercian String Orchestra, will perform with the Texas All-State Philharmonic Orchestra in San Antonio, Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. She was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Melissa is a cello student of Oliver Schlaffer and plays at school under the direction of Jane Chambers who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, a 12,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. Melissa is the daughter of Marcia and Jerry Cruz.

“I am really excited,” said Melissa of her upcoming performance. “It will provide a great opportunity to network with others.”

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,780 students are selected through a process that begins with almost 70,000 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 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians from private and public schools 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 eight 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 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

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