More than 30 Abilene ISD high school band, choir, and orchestra students have been honored as Texas Music Scholars by the Texas Music Educators’ Association for the 2021-22 school year.

TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs. Each year, more than 2,000 students are named Texas Music Scholars. The award is given to students who have exhibited outstanding qualities in scholastic merit, musicianship, and citizenship in their school and community during the 2021-22 school year.

Abilene High School had a total of 19 students in band, choir, and orchestra honored, while Cooper High School had 17 students earn the distinction. The students were nominated for this honor by their directors: Jon Kraemer (band), Wendy Weeks (choir), and Darcy Radcliffe (orchestra) at AHS, and John Landin (band), Cara Naizer (choir), and Radcliffe (orchestra) at Cooper.

AISD’s 2021-22 Texas Scholars:

  • AHS Band – Nathaniel Elders (baritone saxophone), Adrian Fowlkes (cornet/trumpet), Maxwell Kidd (tuba), Gustavo Marquez (tenor trombone), William Marshall (cornet/trumpet), Courtney Molina (alto saxophone), Lianna Pfrimmer (French horn), Sydney Spell (clarinet), Isaac Trinidad (bassoon), and Karissa Ward (clarinet).
  • AHS Choir – Shelby Anders (soprano), Hope Arrazola (alto), Hope Fambrough (alto), Vicky Gao (soprano), Belle Marz (soprano), Molly Mercer (alto), and Mira Savage (soprano).
  • AHS Orchestra – Frank Fang (cello) and Ethan Dunn (violin).
  • CHS Band – Owen Bailey (oboe), Aaron Brokovich (percussion), Jonathon Carranza (cornet/trumpet), Meredith Clancy (French horn), Derek Crespo (cornet/trumpet), D.A. Crowell (French horn), Carson Herring (tuba), John David King (tuba), Rylan Murray (clarinet), Aaron Reece (French horn), Kayser Stotts (French horn), Sebastian Tardiff (bassoon), and Tristan Tardiff (oboe).
  • CHS Choir – Hallie Stone (alto), Jarred Rafan (bass), and Trevor Cox (tenor).
  • CHS Orchestra – Dathan Dillinger (cello).

Headquartered in Austin, the TMEA is an association of more than 15,000 music teachers whose goals are to support music education in Texas, provide professional growth opportunities for educators, foster public support for music in schools, and offer quality musical experiences for students.