REL student chosen as top violinist

Published on Wednesday, 4 December 2013 23:14 - Written by From Staff Reports

A Robert E. Lee High School junior is among the top student violinists in the state.

Abigail Jorden was selected to join the 2013-14 Texas Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. This is her third straight year to receive the honor.

She was selected as a member of the first level orchestra and is one of the top 40 violinists in the state, according to a Tyler ISD news release.

“This accomplishment takes hours and hours of work and practice,” Lee orchestra director Julie Simpson said, according to the news release. “It is very rare to receive this honor one time, much less three times in a row.”

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. The competitive process begins with regional auditions held in 28 areas throughout the state.

At these, individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument part.

From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their region to compete against other regional musicians at one of seven area competitions.

The highest-ranking musicians judged at the area competitions qualify to perform in a Texas Music Educators Association All-State music group.

“I have only known a handful of people who have made it three years in a row,” George Faber, Tyler ISD’s director of visual and performing arts, said. “This is such a wonderful honor for Abigail and her family.”

Ms. Jorden will join other All-State orchestra members in February for a three-day rehearsal directed by nationally recognized conductors before performing at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio.

“I am honored to be able to experience this incredible time growing in instruction and love of music with other students,” Ms. Jorden said, according to the news release. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity to have different conductors as you progress in skill and interpretation of various music.”