TCDA Past President


Kari Gilbertson has been teaching choral music for the last 24 years.  She has teaching experience at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.  Most recently, Ms. Gilbertson has been named the Head Choir Director at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson ISD, a suburb of Dallas.  Prior to that, she spent the last 15 years at Forest Meadow Junior High.  During her tenure there, she has directed many Sweepstakes and Award winning choirs.  She has also had the privilege of receiving such professional honors as “Secondary Teacher of the Year” for Richardson ISD in 2001, “PTA Lifetime Member,” “PTA Teacher of Excellence,” and was proud to be nominated for “Disney Teacher of the Year” in 2006.

She graduated from Amarillo High School and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she was a four-year member of The Concordia Choir under the direction of René Clausen. In 1998, Ms. Gilbertson received her Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University. 

An active speaker, conductor, adjudicator, and clinician across the country, Ms. Gilbertson has also been a contributing author for the textbook series’ Spotlight on Music and Experiencing Choral Music.  Most recently, Ms. Gilbertson was named a Lead Author on Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill’s latest national choral textbook adoption project.  She is a member of ACDA, TCDA, TMAA, and TMEA.