TCDA 2020 Convention

23 Jul 2020 @ 8:00am CDT
25 Jul 2020 @ 5:00pm CDT
Event Details

TCDA's Summer Convention is Moving Online! 

We look forward to being able to offer our members a wide variety of opportunities to connect, communicate, and collaborate with one another through our online platform powered by Pathable. Our clinicians and conductors have been hard at work over the past few weeks refining their sessions to prepare them for delivery through this new platform. We are inspired by their ingenuity and cannot wait for them to share what they have prepared for you. Highlights for this year's convention include: Over 25 professional development workshops, 11 Tried and Proven Reading Sessions, Two Major Performances, and New Music Reading Sessions sponsored by your favorite publishers. 

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Featured Clinicians

Rollo Dilworth

Rollo Dilworth is Vice Dean, Professor of Choral Music Education, and Chair of the Department of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He has served on the faculty since 2009. Prior to his position with Boyer College, he taught music education and was the director of choral activities for 13 years at North Park University in Chicago, where he prepared and conducted numerous extended and choral-orchestral works. Before teaching at the college level, Dilworth also taught choral and general music at the middle school level in his hometown of St. Louis, MO.

Over 200 of Dilworth’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published, and many are part of the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with the Hal Leonard Corporation. He is also an established author and contributor for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbook series. He has authored 3 books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles, entitled Choir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use (2006); Choir Builders for Growing Voices (2009); Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 (2014); and Music of Our Roots (2016).

In addition, Dilworth has conducted 56 all-state choirs ranging across various levels, 6 regional honor choirs, and 5 national honor choirs. He is an active life member of ACDA. He also holds memberships with several other organizations, including Chorus America, NAfME, NANM and ASCAP.   

       

Stacey Gibbs

Stacey V. Gibbs is a prolific and highly sought-after composer-arranger and clinician. Best known for arrangements of spirituals, he is highly acclaimed for his ability to infuse new energy into familiar works without sacrificing their authenticity or power.

 

Maestro Gibbs' spirituals have been performed by the United States Air Force Sergeants, The St. Olaf Choir, the Stellenbosch Choir of Africa, the University of Southern California Chamber Singers, the Winston-Salem State University Singing Rams, Morehouse & the University of Michigan Glee Clubs, the Wartburg Choir, and many other college, university, high school, and professional ensembles both domestically and internationally. His music has been programmed at all state festivals, National Association of Music Educators (MENC) Festivals, the World Choir Games, and regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conventions. Several of his works also appear on J.W. Pepper's Editor's Choice lists, including Didn't It Rain: The Spirituals of Stacey V. Gibbs, recorded by the Sunday Night Singers of California, and his setting of Way Over in Beulah Lan' which was performed at the 57th Inaugural Service for President Barack Obama.

Recently, two of his settings were debuted at the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona and he was also honored by five debuts at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Minneapolis. Maestro Gibbs' made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in April, 2017 and debuted his new works Freedom, I'm So Glad and I Wish That I Knew How It Feels to Be Free. He will present another new work From Agony to Glory: the Spiritual in 2018.

Mr. Gibbs serves as a clinician (nationally and internationally) for university, high school, professional, and church choral organizations. He attended Kentucky State University where he served as student conductor. The Stacey V. Gibbs Chorale debuted in July 2016.

 

Daniel Gutierrez

Daniel Gutierrez is a choir director at Nixa High and Nixa Junior High School. Daniel is an active conductor, clinician and presenter throughout the country. Daniel has received accolades for his work as a teacher, being named Teacher of the Year for Springfield Public Schools and Southwest Missouri (also a finalist for the state TOTY award), Springfield Rotary Award for Outstanding Community Service, honoree for Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY National Music Educator Award, and the recipient of the Missouri Choral Directors Association Podium Award.

Daniel’s speaking engagements include presenting for TEDx, presenting for regional and National ACDA conferences, and other choral workshops nationally.  Daniel's Choral ensembles have won music festivals and have received numerous invitations to perform at the Missouri Music Educator Association Conference, SWACDA Conference, the National Conference for MS/JH Choral Music, and the ACDA Conference.


Elaine Hagenberg

Elaine Hagenberg’s music “soars with eloquence and ingenuity” (ACDA Choral Journal). Her compositions have been performed by universities, community choirs, schools, and church choirs throughout the United States and abroad. Her music has been featured at All-State festivals, national and regional ACDA Conferences, Carnegie Hall, the Melbourne International Choral Festival in Australia, and the International Children’s Choir Festivals in Canterbury and London. With over fifty commissioned works, she has composed new music for the ACDA Women's Choir Consortium, colleges and universities, community choirs, and churches.

Elaine has music in print with various publishers including Oxford University Press, Hal Leonard, G. Schirmer, and Hinshaw Music. Currently, she publishes her church anthems with Beckenhorst Press and publishes her concert music through Elaine Hagenberg Music.




 

San Antonio Chamber Choir

Richard Bjella, Artistic Director
Roland Barrera, Executive Director


The San Antonio Chamber Choir was formed in 2005 by Founding Artistic Director Scott MacPherson & several board members passionate about bringing a professional chamber choir to the San Antonio area. SACC has performed over five-hundred works on fifty programs in eight cities with a repertoire ranging from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. SACC has performed throughout the city at Mission San Jose, San Fernando Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower & the H-E-B Performance Hall at the Tobin Center in December 2018.  In 2013, SACC performed in Dallas for the American Choral Directors Association and in July 2014 the choir was invited to perform for the Texas Choral Directors Association.  Since 2014, SACC has been a resident company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.  In 2014, Richard Bjella joined SACC as Artistic Director & he has expanded the vision of the ensemble by collaborating with dozens of organizations throughout the state of Texas.  SACC has commissioned & premiered several choral works, including an arrangement of “Hard Times” by Shawn Kirchner this 2019-2020 season & has produced three professionally recorded albums.

 

Tallowood Baptist Church Choir


Carlos Ichter, Conductor


The Tallowood Choir and Orchestra is comprised of over 220 volunteer musicians who provide weekly musical leadership in the worship services at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston. This renowned Houston congregation has more than 4000 members and is known for its vibrant music program both in the United States and abroad. In its 58-year history, the choir has traveled to various parts of the United States. Overseas tours include Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Czech Republic, Brazil and Germany. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of genres ranging from classical and traditional church music to gospels and spirituals. The Tallowood Choir is under the direction of Carlos Ichter, Pastor of Music and Worship of the church. The orchestra is directed by Ryan Barker.

 

 

Church Division

Brandon Farren

Brandon Farren is completing his 18th year as the head choral director at Canyon High School and 22nd year teaching overall.  Mr. Farren has held an award-winning career in music education serving at Bowie Middle School and Tascosa High School as assistant director to Billy Talley prior to coming to Canyon High and Canyon ISD.  At CHS, Mr. Farren directs the Chamber Choir, Varsity Men’s, Varsity Women’s, and Ovation choirs. Under the direction of Mr. Farren, the Canyon Choirs have toured in Italy, Germany, Austria and have performed for the TMEA convention in 2007, 2012 and will perform in 2020.  
 

He completed his Bachelors of Music at West Texas A&M University under the tutelage of Dr. Cloyce Beard-Kuhnert and Dr. George Biffle.  Mr. Farren’s professional memberships include TCDA, ACDA, TMEA, and MOWT.  Furthermore, he has been the Director of Music Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Amarillo for 20 years.

 

Robyn Hollimon

Robyn Hollimon is a graduate of Baylor University and is in her 4th year as Choral Director at Crowley HS and 30th year of teaching choral music in Texas. She is also in her 13th year as Director of Music for Genesis UMC in Fort Worth, where she directs the Chancel Choir in the traditional service, oversees the selection of featured vocal and instrumental music, accompanies special music, plans and leads the music for Sunday services and coordinates planning for joint traditional and contemporary services.

Mrs. Hollimon is an active Region conductor, adjudicator and choral clinician and a member of TMEA, TMAA, TCDA and ACDA. Her school choirs have earned numerous sweepstakes ratings and festival honors and have performed at six TMEA and ACDA state, regional and national music conventions. She has taught in summer youth programs for the University of Texas at Austin, Tarleton University, Baylor University, West Texas A&M University and UTA.

 


Dr. Bob Horton

Dr. Bob Horton began teaching in the Fall of 1990. In May 2015, Bob was named Coordinator of Fine Arts for Conroe ISD. He is a 1990  Graduate of Sam Houston,  Bob went on to earn a Master of Music degree, with an emphasis in Conducting and his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University. In his 25 year teaching career, Bob was the head choir director at The Woodlands High School and taught at McCullough Junior High , York Junior High , and elementary music and intermediate Choir in Klein ISD . The 1996 York Girls, 1998 McCullough Boys, and 2013 TWHS Varsity Treble Choirs were selected to be Invited Performing Choirs for the TMEA Convention.  In 2011 and 2014, The Woodlands HS Chamber Choir won the American Classics Madrigal Festival and presented Honor Concerts in 2012 and 2015. The TWHS varsity treble choir, conducted by Bob and his assistant Lynn Bull, was also selected to perform at SWACDA in March 2014.

Bob had the privilege of serving Region IX  as JH/MS coordinator, and has twice served as High School Region Vocal Chair. Bob has been fortunate to be invited as a Region Choir Clinician for JH/MS and High School in different regions across the state.  He has also served as a UIL adjudicator at all levels in over 28 Regions around the state. 

Bob also served as the MS/JH Vice President, and President of TCDA. In February of 2015, Bob was elected to the office of State Vocal Chair of TMEA and in 2017, Bob was elected to the President track of TMEA.

In addition to Bob’s school duties, he has served the Woodlands United Methodist Church since 1996 as a Music Associate. In the past 30 years, including his service at TWUMC Bob served at First Presbyterian of Conroe from 1990-1995, and First UMC Huntsville as interim in 1990. At TWUMC, Bob has annually programmed and led a Service of Lessons and Carols since 1996, involving a Volunteer choir, lay readers, and clergy. 

 

Stan McGill

Stan McGill taught thirty-four years in secondary choral music education in Texas and Missouri. Professional positions include TMEA Vocal Chair, and President of both TMEA and SWACDA. He has served on numerous TMEA, TCDA, SWACDA and ACDA committees including Program Chair for the 2009, 2013, 2019, and 2021 National ACDA Conferences. He is active as an adjudicator, speaker, director and clinician throughout the United States, including adjunct professor at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. Mr. McGill has been the choir director at First Christian Church-Garland, TX since 1982.

 

Mr. McGill has had extensive leadership service with ACDA His articles have been published in the Southwestern Musician, Common Times, Choral Journal, and Texas Sings. He has directed numerous honor choirs and the 2008 SWACDA 8-10 Boys Honor Choir in Kansas City. Mr. McGill graduated from William Jewell College and received his master's degree from Arizona State University. 

 

In 2014, Mr. McGill received the “Choral Excellence Award” from the Texas Choral Directors Association, based on his contributions to choral music in Texas, mentorship and inspiration to colleagues and students, and continued advocacy for the future of choral singing.


College/Community Division

 

Amy Allibon

Amy Allibon taught middle school and high school choral music in Texas for 29 years. After she retired in 2017, she worked at Baylor for one year conducting the Women's Choir. Her choirs have performed for four TMEA conventions and one National ACDA. In addition, she has conducted many regional choirs throughout Texas, honor choirs in several states, the South Carolina and Oklahoma All State Treble Choirs, and the Arkansas All-State Choir. She has served TMEA and TCDA in numerous capacities and is a proud Past President of TCDA. She is a Horned Frog (Bachelor of MuEd) and Red Raider (Master of Music, Choral Conducting).


 

 

Kenneth Davis

Kenneth Davis received his D.M.A. in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and has taught at the university level for almost 30 years.  His appointments have included St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX; and Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY. In addition to the D.M.A. he holds an undergraduate degree in music education and three masters degrees in Theology, Conducting and the Liberal Arts. His choirs toured the US and Europe several times and made appearances on the Today Show and Good Morning America.  He has conducted in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and was invited by audition to sing with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France and New York.  While at Texas Tech, Dr. Davis was invited to perform at the TMEA Convention three different years, and in 2010 he served as the conductor for the Texas All-State Mixed Choir and the Small School All-State Mixed Choir in 2016.  His choirs have been invited to regional and national ACDA conventions as featured performing ensembles and he has conducted over 40 regional choirs in Texas

 

 

Rachel Forester

Rachel Forester was the Director of Choral Activities and Department Chair for Fine Arts at Hebron High School from 1999-2019. She retired in May 2019 after 37 years of teaching.


Prior to her appointment at Hebron High School, she opened The Colony HS also in Lewisville ISD and taught in Oklahoma. Ms. Forester holds a Bachelor of Music Education, with an emphasis in voice from Oklahoma Baptist University. She has completed master’s courses for music education and counseling at Oklahoma State University, the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University. Ms. Forester is a member of TMEA, TCDA and TMAA. She is also listed as one of Marquis Who’s Who of American Women.  Ms. Forester is a frequent judge for Texas UIL contests and has served in leadership roles for TMEA, TMAA and TCDA. Choirs under her leadership have performed at TMEA in 2015 and SWACDA in 2018 and consistently earned sweepstakes at Texas UIL evaluation contests.

 

 

Gary Packwood

Gary Packwood is recognized as an inspirational and motivational conductor and teacher and has appeared throughout the U.S., Brazil, Malaysia, France, Austria, and The Czech Republic. Dr. Packwood is currently program administrator and director of choral studies at Mississippi State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts the Men of State and the MSU State Singers. Dr. Packwood is a member of various professional organizations and is past president of the ACDA Southern Region. He received degrees from Southeastern Louisiana University, Florida Atlantic University, and the D.M.A. in choral conducting and literature from Louisiana State University.

 

 

Cheryl Wilson

Cheryl Wilson spent her 37 years of teaching at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. She spent the last 24 years at Garland High School and has recently retired after 18 years as the Director of Choirs. During her tenure, the Acappella Choir and the Acappella Women had been named a TMEA Invited Choir on four occasions along with her Acappella Choir from Lyles Middle School, also in the Garland ISD. In July of 2015, TCDA presented Ms. Wilson with the Texas Choral Excellence Award. This award recognizes her contributions to music education, mentorship, inspiration to colleagues and students, and advocacy for the future of choral singing. Ms. Wilson is a frequent clinician and adjudicator with professional affiliations including TMEA, TCDA, and ACDA. She presently serves as the TMAA Vice President and as the Coordinator of Children’s Choirs at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

 


Elementary Division

 

 

Tama Barnes

Tama Barnes is currently the Elementary Music Teacher and Middle School Choral Director at Dallas Christian School in Mesquite, Texas. During her twenty-five years of teaching elementary music, she has been fortunate to work at Richardson and Garland campuses as well. At Dallas Christian, Tama leads chapel each morning and brings the excitement of music to three year olds through eighth grade students each week.

Tama received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Texas A&M University at Commerce.



 

Mark Burrows

Mark Burrows is a composer, conductor, and educator whose music is published by many major houses. Mark’s works are featured on numerous state and festival lists, and he receives multiple commissions each year for groups ranging from children’s choirs to adult ensembles to inter-generational festival choirs. 

As a conductor and educator, Mark serves as a guest clinician with honor and festival choirs throughout the country. He also leads workshops and reading sessions at several state and national conferences each year.

Mark received his undergraduate degree in music education from Southern Methodist University and his graduate degree in conducting from Texas Christian University.



 

Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy is Coordinator of Music Education at Stephen F. Austin State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses and coordinates the student teacher program.

Previously, Murphy was the Chair of Music Education at the University of Idaho, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, coordinated and supervised the student teacher program and conducted the Women’s Chorus. While at the University of Idaho, she was named Professor of the Year. Prior to moving to Idaho, Murphy served as adjunct faculty at Barton College and East Carolina University.

Murphy, originally certified (k-12 music) in NC, has taught all levels over the past twenty-two years in North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, both in public and college preparatory schools. After moving to Texas in 2017, Murphy obtained her EC-12 certification in music while teaching at Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language in Nacogdoches. Professor Murphy served as conductor for the Greenville Choral Society Children’s Chorus in North Carolina and was the founding conductor of the Palouse Choral Society Children’s Choir in Idaho. She worked to begin and develop children’s choirs for every public and private school she has worked in as a means to connect students through quality choral programs that focus on developing the adolescent voice.

Mrs. Murphy has been actively involved in NAfME, NCMEA, FMEA, IMEA, TCDA and TMEA. While in Idaho she served as the IMEA Elementary Repertoire and Standards Chair. She currently is an active adjudicator and clinician in the state of Texas.

Mrs. Powell is honored to have taught several students that were selected to perform with the TCDA Elementary Honor Choirs and to have her choir selected to perform at TMEA in 2016 and 2020. She is thrilled to have received her first invitation to present a clinic at TCDA. She will be sharing some of her favorite pieces in a music reading session entitled, “Music to Excite and Delight.” The pieces included have been performed by elementary, middle school, and non-varsity high school choirs.

 

High School Division

 

Mica Bull

Mica Bull is in her 18th year as a choir director, private voice instructor, consultant, judge and clinician in the Northwest Houston area. Mica received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University in May 2002, where she studied with Dr. Kenneth Fulton. Mica has joined the team at Cy-Fair High School this year and has previously taught at Langham Creek High School, (her alma mater) and Klein Oak High School. Prior to her work at the high school level, Mica taught at Cook Middle School where she had the honor of conducting the Cook Advanced Girls Choir at the 2010 TMEA Convention. Mica has served as the Middle School Vocal Coordinator for Region XXIX and has served on the U.I.L. Prescribed Music List Revision Committee. Mrs. Bull has been a panelist, conductor, and contributor for workshops at both TMEA and TCDA conventions, as well as for various districts around the state. Mica was a section leader for the 2019 TMEA All-State Mixed Choir and will be presenting at the 2020 TMEA Convention.


 

Cynthia Douglas

Cynthia Douglas is the head choir director at Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress Fairbanks I.S.D, and is a sought after clinician and adjudicator throughout the state. She has also taught at A. P. Solis Middle School in Donna, Edinburg North High School in Edinburg, Spring Woods Middle School in Houston, and Cy-Fair High School, earning UIL sweepstakes and top festival honors at each school. Most notably, the Cypress Ranch Chamber Choir was the winner of the American Classic Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival in 2013, and the first runner up in 2019. Before coming to choral conducting in Texas, Mrs. Douglas taught voice at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and at Millikin University in Illinois, where her students included the Broadway star Sierra Boggess. She has also performed with regional opera companies and orchestras throughout Texas and the Midwest, and made her New York debut in 2009, performing the soprano solos in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Mozart’s Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center with the Texas Master Chorale. Mrs. Douglas is also the Assistant Director of Music at the First Methodist Church of Houston.

 

 

Kelly Lozano-Hinojosa

Kelly Lozano-Hinojosa was born in Chicago, Illinois, but raised in Laredo, Texas. She attended John B. Alexander High School where she developed a true love for music. She then attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2007. Kelly began her teaching career at McAllen Memorial High School 2008 and has been working as an assistant to mentor, Omar Samaniego. Her choirs have since then grown significantly and earned multiple sweepstakes at the U.I.L. Concert and Sight-Reading evaluations. She helps as an assistant at her schools’ two feeders, Cathey and Brown middle schools. Her responsibilities include assisting with all region and solo and ensemble lessons at all three campuses, having had multiple students earn chairs at the region level as well as the state level.


 

Nick Likos

Nick Likos is the Head Choir Director at Cy-Fair High School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Nicholas has been a clinic presenter on vocal modeling for the opposite gender and a clinic presenter on how to utilize technology in running a choir program. Nick's chamber choir, Cy-Fair Singers, won the 2019 American Classic Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival in San Antonio.

 

 

 

 



Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University. Prior to his appointment to SFA, Michael was Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor at University of Idaho where he was Founder and Artistic Director of the Idaho Bach Festival and was recognized with the UI Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and engagement.

Dr. Murphy is an active clinician, adjudicator, author, and composer. His international conducting and teaching experiences include Austria, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Norway, and Sweden. In 2016, Michael was awarded the Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellowship and served as Visiting Scholar in Choral Music for three universities in Guangzhou, China. Murphy has been published several times in Choral Journal and is a contributing author to volume 4 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, published by GIA.

As a passionate champion of music for all, he has experience teaching all ages and levels and several auditioned and non-auditioned collegiate, community, school, and church choirs. Michael has held several state and national leadership positions in ACDA, NAfME, and NCCO. Murphy received his degrees in conducting and choral music education from Florida State University and East Carolina University.

 

 

Jason Whitney

Jason Whitney is the head choir director at Lopez Early College High School in Brownsville, TX and has been leading the choir program for the past six years. He currently serves as Vice-Chair for the Region 28 Vocal Division and has an immense passion for choral and vocal music.

 

 

 

 

 


Reginal Wright

Reginal Wright is in his 19th year of public school teaching. As an educator Reginal has earned many awards including Outstanding Teacher, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and the Secondary Educator of the Year Award.

Reginal has performed music in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria as well as Munich, Germany and throughout the United States. As a conductor, he is a sought after clinician in both Gospel and Classical genres. He has enjoyed the opportunity to conduct honor choirs for school districts throughout Texas and Oklahoma. He also serves as a clinician in many Texas All State Choir camps. Reginal’s compositions are designed cater to school and church choirs.

Reginal received both his Bachelor and Masters of Music Education Degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is currently the head choral director at Mansfield High School. His choirs are consistent Sweepstakes winners in both concert and sight-reading contests. Choirs under his direction also earn “Outstanding in Class” awards at National Music Festivals. In 2012 the Mansfield High School A Cappella Women’s Choir was honored as SWACDA Honor Choir. In 2018 the Mansfield High School Men’s Choir was honored as a TMEA
Honor Choir.

 

Middle School/Junior High Division

 

Bradley Acree

Bradley Acree is currently the Head Choir Director at Kahla Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. Prior to coming to Kahla, he taught at Salyards and Arnold Middle School as the assistant director.  Choirs under his direction have consistently received Superior ratings at UIL festival and Best in Class ratings at state festivals.

Mr. Acree has served as the Tenor Section Leader for TMEA Region 27 Middle School Honor Choir since 2013.  He has also served as Tenor section leader for the TCDA Honor/All-State Choirs in 2015 and 2019.

Mr. Acree graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. He is on the board of directors and is one of the founding members of the Houston Men’s Choir, a professional vocal ensemble that performs throughout the Houston area.  Outside of the classroom he keeps an active schedule as a private voice teacher, clinician, adjudicator, and professional singer. He is currently a member of member of TMEA and TCDA.



Audrey Alotto

Audrey Alotto is in her 12th year of teaching and her 11th year as the Associate Choir Director of Boles Junior High in Arlington Independent School District. Previously, she taught one year at Nichols Junior High. Choirs under her direction have earned Sweepstakes awards at UIL. The Boles Show Choir has consistently won the Best in Class, and Grand Champion awards at the Hurricane Harbor Choral Festival Contest. She was selected by the Boles PTA in 2015 to receive the PTA Lifetime Achievement award. In addition to directing the Non-Varsity Men, Non-Varsity Women, and Show Choir, she really enjoys coming up with choreography for all the show choir performances.

Audrey graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, TX.  Her choir directors Julie Moore, Danny Detrick, and David Rives inspired her to become a choir director when the Colleyville Heritage Panther Chorale was selected to sing at the TMEA Convention in 2003.  She received an All-Level Music Education degree from Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech, she was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, University Choir, Women’s Chorale, Lubbock Chorale, and the St. John’s United Methodist Church Choir.  She performed in musicals, operas, the Texas Tech Celtic Ensemble, and was the associate director of the Texas Tech Children’s Opera. She also has 15 years of dance experience.

Audrey’s professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, and the United Educators Association of Texas.



Keith Daniel

Keith Daniel is entering into his 12 year at Young JH. He Previously taught at Martin HS for 2 year. Keith has taken choirs to consistently get ones at UIL and have performed at SWACDA, TMEA, and ACDA.

 

 

 

 




Audrey De la Cruz

Audrey De la Cruz, received her Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from Texas State University in 2010, majoring in Music Education and minoring in English Literature. She serves as the principle director of the Bush MS Advanced and Intermediate Treble Choirs, Advanced Tenor Bass Choir, Chamber Ensemble, and 7/8th grade Pop Ensemble.

While at Texas State, Audrey was involved with the collegiate state-wide MENC administration and actively participated in the music honor's fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, where she served as Vice President. She is honored to give back to her collegiate experience by being a member of the Texas State Choral Alumni Scholarship committee.

Currently, Audrey is the Region 12 MS Chair and has served as a member of the UIL Sightreading Committee. She is an affiliate with the TCDA, TMEA, TMAA. She received a PTA Lifetime membership in 2012.

Audrey has performed with the San Antonio Chamber Choir, serves as a section leader at First Protestant Church-New Braunfels, and is the Camp Administrator for the Texas State University Choir Camp.

 

 

Jocelyn Epley

Jocelyn Epley is in her 20th year of teaching and her 13th year as the head director at Boles Junior High. She previously taught at Nichols Junior High as the assistant choir director for 7 years. Choirs under her direction have consistently earned Sweepstakes awards at UIL and Best in Class at the Hurricane Harbor Contest. The Boles Show Choir has won Grand Champion at the Hurricane Harbor Festival. Jocelyn received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in December of 2001. While at Stephen F. Austin, she was the student director under Dr. Tim King. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity and was named President in her junior year.

Jocelyn is a product of the Arlington Independent School District where she graduated from Lamar High School in 1997. Jocelyn’s professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, and TMAA

 
 

Terri Hamilton

Terri Hamilton has been the Director of Choirs at Hendrick Middle School in Plano ISD since 2009 and has been teaching since January 2004. A Plano ISD graduate, she holds a BME from the University of North Texas as well as Kodaly Level One certification. She is a member of TMEA, TCDA, and TMAA.

Terri has spent much of her career serving the MS/JH Vocal Division as an officer in Regions 25 and 24. She serves Hendrick MS as a member of the PBIS team, the passing period DJ, and Mrs. Claus. Choirs under her direction work together to create an environment where singers of all levels feel valued and capable.


 

Christi Jones

Christi Jones has been teaching at Young Junior High in Arlington for 19 years. Choirs under her direction have performed at SWACDA, TMEA, and ACDA. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2011 and received Runner-Up for the District's Aware Award in 2011, 2014, and 2016.

Christi is also on staff as a Worship Ministry Assistant at First Baptist Church Arlington where she directs the Chi Alpha Youth Choir and the Praise Team Vocalists.

 

 

Andrea Loer

Andrea Loer is the head choir director at Langham Creek High School, in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, along with associate director Kirstie McCallum. She took over this position in August 2019, after teaching as the associate director there for six years with Christopher Fiorini. During that time, she had the opportunity to conduct the LCHS A Cappella Choir on the TMEA stage.

Ms. Loer is a product of fine arts in Texas public schools. Spending most of her early years in San Antonio, she was an active member of Reagan High School choir, under the direction of Jo Scurlock-Dillard. After graduating high school, Ms. Loer attended Southwestern University, where she studied with Dr. Ken Sheppard. During her senior year, she served as president of the Delta Nu chapter of international music fraternity Delta Omicron. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in music education. Ms. Loer then continued her education at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she studied choral conducting with Dr. Tim King, earning a Master of Music.

Ms. Loer is active in the Texas choral community, serving on the Facilities Team for the TMEA convention since 2015. She has served TMEA Region 27 as section leader for the Region Honor and Treble Choirs, as well as Region Treble Choir Coordinator from 2016-2018. She is currently the Region 27 Vocal Division Secretary, a position she has held since 2017. Ms. Loer still enjoys performing, and sings with Suono Chamber Choir under the direction of Alexander Bruce in her free time.

Church Division

 

Shawn Bell

Shawn Bell is currently Director of Fine Arts for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD and Director of Music at Saginaw United Methodist Church in Saginaw, TX. Throughout his 28 year career as a high school choir and fine arts director, Shawn has served as a church music director in Odessa, San Antonio, and Fort Worth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ryan Forkner  

Ryan Forkner is a graduate of Texas Christian University where he earned his Bachelor of Music Ed degree in 2003 and Master of Choral Conducting degree in 2005. Ryan is currently in his fifteenth year of teaching at North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, TX where his choirs consistently receive Superior ratings at UIL Contests and other festivals and have performed at both SWACDA (2018) and TMEA (2020) Conventions. Ryan is currently serving his eighteenth year in music ministry and his eighth year as the Music Director at St Stephen United Methodist Church in Mesquite.

 

 

 


Greg Haugen

Greg Haugen has taught his entire career in the Arlington, TX ISD. After graduating from Dallas Baptist University in 1999, Greg became the assistant choir director at Nichols Junior High and served in that capacity until 2001 when he became the head director.  In 2007, the Nichols JH “Men of the Mustang Chorale” were given the honor of performing at the TMEA Convention.  In 2016, Mr. Haugen became assistant choral director at Lamar High School. Under his direction, Greg’s choirs receive outstanding UIL ratings and have been named “Best in Class” at area spring competitions.

Active as both a clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Haugen is a member of TMEA, TCDA and TMAA.  He has received numerous awards and recognitions from AISD schools, universities, and PTAs.

In addition to his work at Lamar High School, Greg Haugen is also the youth choir director at First United Methodist in Arlington and leads worship in the contemporary service.  He also fronts a band, Center313, which plays festivals, worship services, and retreats in the DFW area.  They have released three albums which can be found on major streaming platforms.

 


Christi Jones
 

Christi Jones has been teaching at Young Junior High in Arlington for 19 years. Choirs under her direction have performed at SWACDA, TMEA, and ACDA. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2011 and received Runner-Up for the District's Aware Award in 2011, 2014, and 2016.

Christi is also on staff as a Worship Ministry Assistant at First Baptist Church Arlington where she directs the Chi Alpha Youth Choir and the Praise Team Vocalists.

 

College/Community Division

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Elementary Division

 

Cyndie Lowry

Cyndie Lowry received her Bachelor of Music Education/All Levels degree in 1978 and her Kodaly Certification in 1982 from Sam Houston State University.  Cyndie taught elementary music in the Klein ISD for five years before taking time off to raise her three sons with the help of her husband David.  Since returning to public school teaching, Cyndie is now in her fifteenth year as a General Music specialist and eleventh year as Head Choir Director at Mitchell Intermediate School in the Conroe ISD.  She is an active member of TCDA and TMEA.

Cyndie had the honor of having a choir perform at the TMEA Convention in 2008, 2013 and 2017.  She has presented workshops at TCDA and local in-service trainings in various districts.   During her 15 years at Mitchell she has had numerous students in the Elementary Honor Choir at TCDA.

 

 

Christi Powell

Christi Powell began her teaching career after graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in May 1998. While teaching elementary music for 14 years, in Arlington and Keller I.S.D., Christi conducted both choirs and marimba ensembles. She organized the Keller I.S.D. 4th grade Honor Choir for 2 years, served on the music textbook adoption committee, taught Music Memory, mentored new teachers, and opened 3 new campuses.

In the summer of 2012, Mrs. Powell was offered the position of 5th and 6th grade choir director at Mary Orr Intermediate School in Mansfield I.S.D. In her first year, the 6th grade choir had 104 members, by the end of that year 200 students were signing up to join choir.  Each of her choral ensembles have received all superior ratings at festivals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Mrs. Powell is honored to have taught several students that were selected to perform with the TCDA Elementary Honor Choirs and to have her choir selected to perform at TMEA in 2016 and 2020. She is thrilled to have received her first invitation to present a clinic at TCDA. She will be sharing some of her favorite pieces in a music reading session entitled, “Music to Excite and Delight.” The pieces included have been performed by elementary, middle school, and non-varsity high school choirs.

 

 

Julie Stobbe

Julie Stobbe completed her Master of Music from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and Bachelors of Music degrees from Texas State University. She has enjoyed a successful music career that includes performing as well as teaching. Mrs. Stobbe has sung across North America in concerts, recitals and operas and has performed in many well-known musicals including the Tony Award winning productions Phantom of the Opera and Show Boat. She also enjoyed teaching at the University of British Columbia and Trinity Western University in Langley, Canada. This is her tenth year teaching General Music and conducting Choir in Conroe ISD. She has been a guest conductor for Elementary and Intermediate Honor Choirs and delights in inspiring the next generation of singers.

 

High School Division

 

 

Kelly Lozano-Hinojosa

Kelly Lozano-Hinojosa was born in Chicago, Illinois, but raised in Laredo, Texas. She attended John B. Alexander High School where she developed a true love for music. She then attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 2007. Kelly began her teaching career at McAllen Memorial High School 2008 and has been working as an assistant to mentor, Omar Samaniego. Her choirs have since then grown significantly and earned multiple sweepstakes at the U.I.L. Concert and Sight-Reading evaluations. She helps as an assistant at her schools’ two feeders, Cathey and Brown middle schools. Her responsibilities include assisting with all region and solo and ensemble lessons at all three campuses, having had multiple students earn chairs at the region level as well as the state level.

 

 

Denise Pitcock

Denise Pitcock considers herself a Rio Grande Valley girl after spending more than half of her life in the valley. She graduated from Edinburg HS and then received a BMEd from East Texas State University (now TAMU Commerce). Teachers impacting Denise’s vocal development were William and DeeAnn Gorham, John Wustman, William Warfield and David Haskins. Following two years of graduate studies at University of Illinois, she began her 30 years of sharing music education with her choral students.

Ms. Pitcock had her first public school job in Region 15 in Edinburg. She spent twenty-four years in the valley teaching in both Region 15 and Region 28. She had the honor of two TMEA Honor choirs performing at TMEA Conventions: The first was in 2004, Filemon B. Vela MS Mixed Choir, and the second was in 2010, Harlingen HS Varsity Women’s Choir. The last two years in the public school system were spent in Brownsville ISD serving as the district’s Supervisor of Choral Music. Currently, she maintains a small voice studio serving students in Region 12.

Denise has served the valley Regions as a Region and State officer for many of the years she has taught. Presently she is the TMEA Area G Vocal Mentoring Chair having handed over her TMEA Area G Vocal Chair upon retirement in June 2017. She is excited to be judging frequently and honored to be allowed to clinic fine groups all over the state.

 

Middle School/Junior High Division

 

Bryan Hackett

Bryan Hackett earned his Bachelor of Music degree from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, in May of 2000. Mr. Hackett began his teaching career in Tulia ISD serving as choir director and assistant band director to both the Tulia Junior High and High School bands. He then spent 5.5 years at Bowie Middle School and 1.5 years at Bonham Middle School within Amarillo ISD. Mr. Hackett left the classroom and worked as a worship minister in Fort Worth and as a young families minister in Amarillo for the next six years. He returned to the choir room and is currently in his sixth year at Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School in Amarillo ISD.

The choir programs under Mr. Hackett’s direction have earned numerous first division ratings and sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation. His boys’ choir had the honor singing as a TMEA Invited Choir at the 2020 convention. 

Mr. Hackett currently serves TMEA as the Middle School/Junior High Vocal Coordinator for Region 1. Mr. Hackett has been in several stage productions at Amarillo Little Theatre including, Hello, Dolly!, Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables and Mary Poppins. 

 

 

Michelle Hank

Michelle Hank, a graduate of Baylor University and Michigan State University, is an active choral clinician, adjudicator, and educator across the state of Texas. During her time as choir director at Henry Middle School in Leander ISD, her Varsity Treble Choir was selected to perform at the TMEA convention in 2012. Ms. Hank has also presented several sessions at TMEA and TCDA on topics including rehearsal techniques, inclusion in choral music classrooms, and middle school boys. Currently, Ms. Hank is the head choir director at Willow Wood Junior High in Tomball ISD.

 

Courtney Kelly

Courtney Kelly graduated from Baylor University with a major in Choral Music Education and a minor in Applied Piano. While at Baylor, Mrs. Kelly was a member of the Baylor A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Dr. Donald Bailey, and studied voice with Dr. Robert Best.


The 2019-2020 school year will mark the beginning of Mrs. Kelly's twelfth year of teaching, all of which has been spent as the head choir director at Canyon Ridge Middle School. Under her direction, the choir program has seen exponential growth in both size and success. She maintains a program of over 300 students. The choirs of CRMS are award-winning ensembles, continuous sweepstakes recipients at UIL, and the Varsity Treble Choir was a Nationally Commended Choir in the 2013 and 2014 Mark of Excellence Project for the Foundation of Music Education. The choir students of Canyon Ridge make up a large percentage of the Region Choir each year. Additionally, the Varsity Treble Choir was an invited choir at the 2016 Cambiata Institute of America, and in 2017, was an invited choir at TMEA, the state's highest honor for choral music.
 
Mrs. Kelly is a frequent choral consultant, presenter, adjudicator, and clinician across the state. She spent the summer of 2019 serving as the associate director of Amphion Choir. She also served as a section leader for Baylor All-State Choir Camp. She is a member of TMEA, TCDA, and TMAA, and she served as the inaugural Middle School Vocal Coordinator for Region 32.

 

 

Joel Price

Joel M. Price has directed choral music for twenty-five years, serving for the last twenty years as the head choral director and music department head at Westwood Junior High School in the Richardson ISD. His choirs consistently have earned Sweepstakes at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Assessment and choirs under his direction also have received the distinction of being named Grand Champion and Best in Class at the annual Hurricane Harbor Choral Festival. The Westwood Varsity Treble Choir, under the direction of Joel Price, have performed as invited honor choirs at the TMEA conventions in 2007 and 2017. He has directed All-State and Honor Choirs in Mississippi and Arkansas. Mr. Price is a former TCDA MS/JH Vice-President and has served as a committee chair and as a committee member for several TCDA committees. Mr. Price was honored to represent Westwood Junior High as Teacher of the Year and was selected as the 2004-2005 Richardson ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Richardson ISD Tomorrow Foundation.

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