Live Oak Choir All-State

Katie Chakmakjian (left) and her twin brother Caleb Chakmakjian stand beside their Live Oak Classical School choir teacher, Margaret Sutherland. Katie and Caleb will perform Saturday with the Texas All-State Small School Mixed Choir in San Antonio.

Juniors Caleb and Katie Chakmakjian, members of the Live Oak Classical School Chamber Choir, will perform with the Texas All-State Small School Mixed Choir in San Antonio Saturday at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.

Caleb and Katie were chosen for this honor through a competitive process held across the state at the district, region and area levels. Caleb is a vocal student of David Guess and Katie is a student of Shauna Pittman Hamby.

They sing at school under the direction of Margaret Sutherland, who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association. This is Caleb’s second time and Katie’s first time to perform as members of a TMEA All-State organization.

Katie and Caleb are twins and are the children of Jennifer and Stephen Chakmakjian.

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive.

There are 1,795 students selected through a process that begins with over 66,800 students from around the state vying to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras and choirs). TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State competition.

This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges which ranks each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from its region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA area competitions.

Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention.

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