All-State Middle School Choir

Jennifer Lowry, 2018-2019 Co-Chair – Del Webb Middle School –

Amy Symes, 2018-2019 Co-Chair – K.O. Knudson Middle School –


2019 All-State Middle School Choir List


Directors, please note we are only accepting 10 students, as opposed to the 12 students we’ve accepted in years past.  Please sign in via a gmail account and fill out this google form:

2019 NMEA MS All State Choir Teacher Packet

Teachers that are not located in CCSD need to join the following google classroom using an actual “gmail” email address.  I’m sorry, but for the uploading purposes it does need to be an e-mail address, not a work one.  All e-mails will be sent to your work e-mail address that you submit through the google form (found in the google classroom).  To join the 2019 NMEA Middle School Choir All State Classroom teachers must:
Join class (it looks like a plus sign in the right hand corner)
Type in hernxo
Teachers in CCSD please check your email for your code using your email.
Complete the google form and add the student and chaperones forms.
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer or Amy.

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2019 All-State Middle School Choir Conductor

Laura Farnell

Laura Farnell has a passion for making music with singers, working with educators, and creating accessible and artistic choral compositions. After graduating summa cum laude from Baylor University with her BME in Choral Music (with a piano emphasis), Laura taught public school for ten years at the elementary and junior high levels. She was honored by her schools with Teacher of the Year awards in 2000 and 2003, and she received an Excellence in Education Award in 2004 as the Arlington ISD’s outstanding junior high teacher of the year.

Laura presently lives in Arlington, Texas, and serves as an invited clinician for district, region, and state honor choirs across the country. She also presents workshops and reading sessions for choir directors at both district and state levels. She has served as a clinician for middle school state-wide honor choirs in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, and North Carolina, and has worked with various other elementary through high-school aged honor choirs in Arkansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia. She has presented at music conferences in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. As a composer, she especially enjoys writing and arranging music for developing choirs. She is represented by several music publishers, such as Alliance, BriLee, Carl Fischer, and Hal Leonard, which features the Laura Farnell Choral series. She has more than eighty choral compositions, including many commissioned pieces, as well as a co-authored beginning sightsinging method book in publication.

She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators’ Association, and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. She and her husband, Russell, and their sons Ryan (11) and Will (7), attend First Presbyterian Church of Arlington where Russell serves as Minister of Music and Laura directs the children’s choirs.

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