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Six Denton ISD students earn spots in all-state orchestras

Six students from Denton Independent School District’s Guyer and Ryan high schools have won spots in the Texas Music Educators Association’s all-state orchestras, with Guyer placing a school-record five students to the groups.

According to district records, the last time a Denton ISD school placed five or more students in the all-state orchestras was when Denton High School placed five in 1991. The district record for a single school’s amount of all-state orchestra honorees was Denton High’s seven honorees in 1984.

Ryan High School senior double bassist Harry Dearman ranked third in his specialty, winning a spot in the state symphony orchestra, the premier all-state orchestra. Harry’s selection marks his third consecutive year to make an all-state group, a record for the Ryan program. He is also the first Ryan student to make the symphony orchestra twice.

Harry is instructed by Ryan orchestra director Jeffrie Fox.

Guyer High School senior violinist Inki Lee, junior violinist Abhishek Shah and senior bassist Ian Grems paced their school’s record-setting amount of honorees with places in the state philharmonic orchestra. Inki’s selection marks his third year to earn a spot in an all-state orchestra, a Guyer record. Additionally, freshman double bassist Ethan Nguyen and junior cellist Alex Koh earned spots in the state string orchestra. Alex’s selection makes him the first Guyer cellist to make an all-state group, while Ian and Ethan are the first Guyer double bassists to earn all-state recognition.

Guyer orchestra students are instructed by orchestra director Michelle Hanlon and associate director Jeremy Atkins.

As part of their recognition, Denton ISD’s all-state orchestra students will travel to the TMEA Convention in San Antonio in February to rehearse and perform for an audience of thousands of music educators, administrators, family members and friends.