Katherine Pickett and Trevor Dietert performed well at the Texas Music Educators Association Area (TMEA) auditions and have been selected as All-State performers. The area auditions were held during the weekend of January 6.

Pickett was selected as a member of the TMEA All-State Choir, while Dietert, a percussionist, will be part of the All-State Band. Earning TMEA All-State means that Pickett and Dietert will perform at the TMEA Conference and Convention in San Antonio February 6-8. Fellow Unicorns Daniel Guzman and Logan Bachmann were selected to the TMEA All-State Jazz Band earlier this school year.

“This achievement shows the hard work I’ve put in throughout the years and the time I’ve dedicated to get into the All-State Choir,” Pickett said. “Now, I have the opportunity to share this accomplishment and sing with other talented individuals who are equally as dedicated. The words we will be singing are very meaningful, and I’m excited to hear the wall of sound when we all come together.”

Dietert has been participating in these auditions for the last three years and this is a huge accomplishment for him as well.

“The last two years I’ve made it to the area audition. The first year that I competed, everyone but me got to go to all state. The second year, I made it to area again and then came up short with one other person,” he said. “The second time hit harder, so when it came to competition season this year, I took a laid back approach not wanting to get my hopes up again. The more relaxed view helped me in the end and I got to be an all-stater at last.”

TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote students’ dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage educators to support their students in this development. Beginning each fall, over 70,000 high school students across the state audition in their TMEA Region. Individuals perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. A select group of musicians advances to compete against musicians from other Regions in their TMEA Area. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in one of 18 Texas All-State ensembles sponsored by the Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Divisions.