Four students – including one from Lindale -- and two professors represented Tyler Junior College this past week at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio, TJC publicity officials announced.
Matthew Brooks, a general studies major from Lindale, was one of the TJC students to make the trip as a member of the Texas Two-Year All-State Choir.
TMEA is an annual meeting of Texas elementary through college music programs, including band, choir, orchestra and elementary music. It is one of the largest such conventions in the country, and annually attracts some 10,000 active music educators and about 30,000 attendees from across the nation each year.
Other TJC students to perform in all-state choir include:
• Audrey Dean, dental hygiene major from Bullard
• Hunter Dickens, music major from Bullard
• Taylor White, music major from Paris
“This is the first time in at least 18 years that TJC has had students qualify for the all-state choir,” said Dr. Eric Posada, TJC director of choral music. “We are very proud of our students and congratulate them on a job well done.”
Following three days of rehearsal to learn seven musical selections, the group performed Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
The choir was conducted by Dr. Wallace H. Long Jr., director of choral activities at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.
Posada will also assist with teaching the bass section.
Also, for the second consecutive year, TJC music professor Micah Bell premiered a new musical composition at TMEA on Friday, Feb. 16.
In 2017, his new works “The Pursuit” and “Diversity United” were performed on the TMEA stage.
This year, Bell composed “Happy Medium” at the request of his wife, Dr. Sarah Roberts, a music professor at UT Tyler.
“It’s a fun, little R&B piece for eight saxophones that blends a sweet melody that becomes a bit grittier at the end,” he said.
Roberts performed the piece with the UT Tyler Saxophone Ensemble on Friday in the convention center.
For more on TJC music programs, visit www.tjc.edu/music.