Auditions for the TMEA region 18 All-Region Middle School Orchestras were held on October 14, 2017. The All-Region Orchestras are organized by the Texas Music Educators Association. Students from all over Austin compete for spaces in the Symphony (top orchestra) or Philharmonic Orchestra. With many talented young musicians in Austin competition is fierce and an intensive preparation is required.

This year eleven students from grades 6th through 8th at the Girls School of Austin audition with five being selected for the Symphony Orchestra and three selected for the Philharmonic Orchestra. The selected musicians for Symphony Orchestra are Hazel Adelman, Mazzi Berson, Lily Christie, Josie Frazer, Kate Sanders and Vivian Quinn. And the selected musicians for Philharmonic Orchestra are Genet Leeds and Stella Falkin.

The students who auditioned are in the Girls School of Austin’s Chamber Orchestra who meet weekly after school as well as being in enrolled in the regular GSA strings program that meets twice a week in 7th and 8th grade, three times a week in 6th grade. The All-Region Orchestras for middle and high school meet for one concert. This year’s concert will be on Saturday, November 18 at the AISD Performing Arts Center.