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The Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-State Choir convened in San Marcos on January 30-February 1.

Lakehill junior Kelly Werther was selected from over 700 Texas students to participate in the All-State Choir. Being selected for the All-State Choir is the highest honor bestowed upon a high school choir student.

Every November, 160 private high school students - forty basses, forty tenors, forty altos, and forty sopranos - are selected from across Texas to perform in the TPSMEA All-State Choir. The students learn eight challenging pieces on their own, then convene in San Marcos to rehearse with a well-respected clinician and prepare for the All-State concert, along with the All-State Orchestra, All-State Band, and All-State Jazz Band.

Choir members attended a variety of clinics and rehearsals. After a collective seventeen and a half hours of rehearsal, students performed in a public concert on Saturday, February 1 in the Evans Auditorium at Texas State University in San Marcos. 

"Working with such a focused group of singers was a great experience, and I feel like I really learned something new when practicing and performing there," said Werther. "This was the first time I have auditioned, and I was really nervous," explained Werther, who reined in her nerves and even auditioned for a solo in San Marcos. "To be recognized as the eighth best alto in the state is just amazing," she said. "I had no idea." 

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