All-State High School Guitar Ensemble

2025 All-State Guitar Director: Dr. Chad Ibison

American guitarist Dr. Chad Ibison has captivated audiences across North America and abroad through his imaginative musical interpretations and charismatic stage presence. Hailed through critical acclaim, Chad has been described as “very versatile in terms of contrast and range of expression” (Classical Guitar Canada) with “masterful phrasing combined with technical precision” ( Composer Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, describes Ibison’s impact as a performer; “Chad gave an incendiary performance. His approach was, at the same time, aggressive and intimate. He melded with the instrument, and the result was brash, expressive and technically secure.” Along with his critical acclaim, Ibison has accumulated ten first place awards among his eighteen top prize wins at international guitar competitions including The Guitar Foundation of America, JoAnn Falletta Concerto Competition and Boston’s New England Conservatory Guitarfest. He participates regularly at guitar festivals as a performer, teacher and judge. Chad resides in Austin and is currently the Assistant Professor at Austin Community College and maintains a private studio in Hyde Park.

All-State Program for the Guitar Ensemble: TBA

LMEA All-State Guitar Ensemble – 2025

There is a single live monitored audition for All-State Guitar Ensemble.  All auditions will be audio recorded by the District Director or his/her designee and submitted to the All-State Guitar Chair as an mp3 file.

District directors will verify that teachers of all students participating in these auditions are current members of LMEA.

DEADLINES for 2024-25:

  • District Deadlines – District Directors will provide procedural information and set the deadline for receiving checks and student information from schools in their district. This deadline may be before the state’s deadline.
  • Saturday, October 5, 2024 – Deadline for completion of all auditions and the receipt of all student registrations and audition fees by the district director or his/her designee.
  • Monday, October 14, 2024 (by 11:59 pm) – Results for the All-State Guitar Ensemble will be posted online. Registration forms for students selected to an ensemble will be opened once rosters are posted.
  • Monday, October 28, 2024 (by 11:59pm) – Deadline for All-State registration for students selected to an ensemble must be completed. Academic Award forms (if eligible) are also due.


If you have a question that the district director cannot answer, please email Dr. Greg Robin, LMEA Guitar Committee Chair, at