DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS: Music Education
Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts 2015
MASTERS IN CHORAL CONDUCTING
University of Houston – Houston, Texas
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE - GENERAL STUDIES
Charter Oak State College – New Britain, Connecticut
HEAD CHOIR DIRECTOR
Thomas Jefferson High School
San Antonio, Texas
Fall 2006 - present
Region 4 Choir Clinician, November 2012.
Region 17 Choir Clinician, November 2011
Received Grammy "Signature Enterprise" Award for excellence in music education, May 20, 2010.
Region 22 Choir Clinician, Fall 2010.
Region 16 Choir Clinician, Fall 2010
UIL Concert/Sight-Reading judge for Regions 4, 10, 11, 17, 14, 15, 22.
Oversee all aspects of the Fine Arts Magnet Academy's Vocal Division
Earned numerous Sweepstakes and Superior Ratings at UIL Concert and Sight singing competitions.
Traveled to New York with students to perform Mozart's Requiem in Lincoln Center
Invent an innovative and creative recruiting program designed to attract the finest middle school singers to Jefferson
Conductor - San Antonio Independent School District's Middle School Honor Choir
Founder - Region 12 Middle School Choir Camp
Oversee and administer multiple budgets
Founder - Texas Middle School Master Chorale
New Braunfels Middle School
New Braunfels, Texas
Fall 2005 - Spring 2006
Oversee all aspects of Middle School choral activities for students grades 6 - 8
Earned Sweepstakes Trophy in UIL Concert/Sightreading competition
Six students earned seats in the Texas All-Region Choir
Administer multiple budgets
Work closely with faculty and administration
DIRECTOR OF CHORAL ACTIVITIES
Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas
Artistic Director, Corpus Christi Chorale
Fall 2004 - Spring 2005
Created a recruiting campaign that saw the Chorale choir grow from 34 to 167 in less than 6 months
Conducted Fauré's Requiem and Rutter's Mass of the Children from memory with three local high schools and the Corpus Christi Youth Symphony
Conducted three college ensembles
Recruited high school students from across Texas
Blinn College, Brenham, Texas
Fall 2003 - Spring 2004
Director - Brenham Chorale, Blinn Choral Union
Organized and distributed enlistment posters
Selected, rehearsed, and conducted major choral works
Worked closely with the administration and other faculty member
Instilled vision in the choir members
University of Houston, Houston, Texas
Teaching Fellow - Fall of 2002
Director: University of Houston Men's Chorus, University Chamber Singers
Select concert repertoire
Conduct rehearsals and concerts
Audition and place students
First Baptist Church, Bellaire, Texas
Associate Pastor; Minister of Music and Worship
June 1994 - February 2003
Provide leadership and vision using current as well as traditional styles of music
Lead the congregation in a worship-oriented ministry of music using a choir and full orchestra each Sunday
Actively recruit membership; choir grew from seven to forty, orchestra grew from three to twenty while church attendance was two hundred fifty
Assist the choir and orchestra through individual vocal and instrumental coaching
Reach out to the community through fully staged pageants consisting of choir, orchestra, drama, sets, lights, make-up, and choreography
Compose worship songs as needed for appropriate sermon messages. Arrange, produce the church's first CD project, Thou, Oh Lord, Art Exalted
Submit and maintain multiple operating budgets
Train sound technicians in the operation of the soundboard
CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR
Alamo City Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas
March 1989 - June 1994
Conduct the choir of seventy to eighty members.
Saw the orchestra grow from seven to twenty-two.
Select music, prepare chorus.
Increase the musical skill level of participants.
Oversee all aspects of the church's tape ministry.
St. Marks United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas
Minister of Music, June 1986 - February 1989
Select music, rehearse and prepare choir.
Conduct anthems every week.
Conduct Vivaldi’s Gloria with full orchestra.
Conduct Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at Colonial Hills United Methodist church.
Carnegie Hall conducting debut, June 13, 2005, New York City, conducted Gabriel Faure's Requiem from memory.
Appointed to serve as a commisioner for the Texas Commission on the Arts by Texas Governor Rick Perry, September 2011.
Defended doctoral dissertation, February, 2015. Boston University. Dissertation title: "THE TEACHING OF CHORAL SIGHT SINGING:ANALYZING AND UNDERSTANDING EXPERIENCED CHORAL DIRECTORS' PERCEPTIONS AND BELIEFS."
Published article "Troubled youths' Talents may be key to Rehabilitation." Waco Tribune and Kerrville Times, November 2014. (click on title)
Workshop Presenter - Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention "Future Music Educators - How to Start and Maintain a Club." February, 2013, San Antonio, Texas.
Workshop Presenter - Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention "AP Music Theory - the Nuts and Bolts." February, 2012, San Antonio, Texas.
Article, "What Will Inspire the Next Generation of Artists?" published by the San Antonio Express-News, October 21, 2011
Effective presenter and motivational speaker for secondary choral directors. Topics covered:
Article "Fine Arts Can Teach Crucial Life Lessons" published in the San Antonio Express News, April 10, 2011.
Article "San Antonio Students Mark Major Artistic Accomplishment" published in the San Antonio Express News, Monday, May 31, 2010.
Article "May I Have the Definition, Please?" published in Texas Sings! official publication of the Texas Choral Directors Association, May 2010.
Featured Contributing Writer, San Antonio Express News, Sunday Journal.
Invited to conduct Rutter's Mass of the Children in March of 2009 in Lincoln Center, New York City.
Presenter - "The Choral Music of Tarik O'Regan" for "We Are Teachers," Texas Music Educators Association Convention, February 2009.
Contributor - "The Choral Warm-Up Collection" edited by Sally Albrecht, Alfred Music Publishing.
Article "Motivation - Either You've got it or You've Got it" published in Texas Sings! official publication of the Texas Choral Directors Association.
Board of Directors - Vice-President Church/Community Division of the Texas Choral Directors Association 2004 - 2006.
Arranger/Orchestrator - Will you Worship? Choral collection, published by Prism Music.
Guest Artist - conducted selections from Handel's Messiah on the podium of Houston's Symphony North Orchestra - December 2002.
Associate Conductor - San Antonio Choral Society, 1986 – 1989.
Columnist - Houston Community College Newspaper, 1996 - 1999, received the Excellence in Journalism award by the Texas Inter-Collegiate Press Association.
Rehearsal techniques published by Southern Music Company and Alfred Music Company.
REPRESENTATIVE MAJOR WORKS CONDUCTED
John Rutter's Gloria and Mass of the Children
Beethoven's Egmont Overture
Haydn's Te Deum
Schubert's Mass in G
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (excerpts)
Carl Orff's Carmina Burana
Cherubini's Requiem in C minor
Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (several productions)
Beethoven's Mass in C, Gloria (in rehearsal with San Antonio Symphony and Choral Society)
Handel’s Messiah (several productions)
WORKS PREPARED AND REHEARSED WITH THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY CHORUS
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
The International Conductors Workshop, Macon, Georgia, January 2003.
Choral Conductors Workshop at The Juilliard School, New York City, August 2002.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS (click below for links)