A whopping 45 Leander ISD high school band and choir students earned a spot in a Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State ensemble. The students, by high school, are:


Rouse High School

Rylie PeckSoprano 1
Brittany RupeSoprano 2

Vandegrift High School

Neha PoreddySoprano 1
Raine CollierAlto 1
Maura ConnorsAlto 2
Avani RayasaAlto 2
Varsha KumarAlto 2
Akash ShahTenor 2
Matthew PeganyBass 2

Vista Ridge High School

Nitin AnishTenor 2
Meghna VergisAlto 2


Cedar Park High School

Lauren WashburnEnglish Horn
Bowie WuBassoon
Miles MerrilBb Clarinet
Jacob CohenAlto Saxophone
Jackson StreitBaritone Saxophone
Nathan HarwardTrumpet
Kai GrayPercussion
Adalia StiglichHarp

Leander High School

Gabriel MontezTrumpet
Dylan HainesTrumpet
Aiden SpicerTrumpet
Catlynh NguyenClarinet

Rouse High School

Sam FriesFrench Horn
Megan PetersonTrumpet
Jackson FriesTuba
Elijah WoodsonTuba
Renu YannamFlute
Chad JohnsonAlto Saxophone
Faustina BeltranOboe
Jackson OcampoTrumpet

Vandegrift High School

Koustubh GalagaliFlute
Nadia VerslinskyFlute
Ryan HogarthClarinet
Cade CassensClarinet
Nathan CongBass Clarinet
Hayden GrierBass Clarinet
Inbo ShimAlto Saxophone
James ParkBassoon
Amaan SyedTrombone
Noah SabbavarupuTrombone

Vista Ridge High School

Sami MelhemClarinet
David HomillerTrombone
Kwanwoo LeePercussion
Glenn ChoePercussion

“The audition process to earn a spot in a TMEA All-State group is arduous,” LISD Fine Arts Director Peter Warshaw said. “These students have worked hard for a long period of time to reach this level of success, and their accomplishment is a reflection of their dedication as well as that of their teachers and directors.

TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote students’ dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage TMEA member directors to support their students in this development. Beginning each fall, over 70,000 high school students across the state audition in their TMEA Region. Individual musicians 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 15 Texas All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs. These All-State ensembles rehearse for three days, directed by nationally recognized conductors, and perform on the closing day of the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention.