Four TJC students have qualified for the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir, which will perform at the annual Texas Music Educators Convention in February in San Antonio. From left, Dr. Eric Posada, TJC director of choral music; Taylor White, of Paris; Erin Maharrey, of Forney; Janeen Baldwin, of Tyler; and Hunter Dickens, of Bullard.

Four Tyler Junior College students have earned places in the Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir:

• Janeen Baldwin, music major from Tyler

• Hunter Dickens, music major from Bullard

• Erin Maharrey, music major from Forney

• Taylor White, music major from Paris

They will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association’s (TMEA) annual convention in San Antonio in February.

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, attracting some 10,000 active music educators and about 30,000 attendees from across the nation each year.

“We are thrilled to have four students represent TJC in the all-state choir,” said Dr. Eric Posada, TJC director of choral music. “TMEA is one of the most prominent music education conventions in the country, and it’s a great experience for them to be able to perform there.”

Following three days of rehearsal to learn seven musical selections, the group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

The choir will be conducted by Dr. Craig Hella Johnson, founder and artistic director of Grammy-nominated, Austin-based choral ensemble, Conspirare. Johnson is also music director of the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and conductor emeritus of the Victoria Bach Festival. He has served as guest conductor with Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, Harvard University and many others in Texas, the U.S. and abroad.

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