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  Choirs from SW Division of ACDA to perform at national conference in Minneapolis March 8-11, 2017
   
 

 
   
    Daniel Gutierrez, a native of Long Island, New York, is the choral director at Reed Academy as well as the artistic director for Boys Choir of Springfield, Missouri.  He had served as an elementary music specialist for Springfield Public Schools before moving to middle-level teaching at Reed.  Daniel is an active clinician and presenter throughout the state of Missouri.  He was named "Springfield Hometown Hero" by a local TV station, was finalist for Springfield Public Schools "Teacher of the Year" in 2014 and 2015, and most recently a quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY National Music Education Award. Under the direction of Mr. Gutierrez, the Reed Academy Choirs have won their division at the World’s of Fun Festival of Choirs the past three years, been featured at music educator conferences and university performances, opened for world-renowned lecturers, and have been very active within their local community. In addition to being selected to perform at the National ACDA Conference, the program will also have two choirs performing at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference this upcoming school year (representing both elementary and middle school).  
     
   

CHI-CHI KING has been Head Director of Choirs at Keller High School for 21 years where her choirs have earned the Sweepstakes Trophy at UIL Contests and 1st place trophies at many music festivals. She is member of Schola Cantorum of Texas and serves as the Soprano Section Leader. Mrs. King holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University, Masters with Vocal Pedagogy Emphasis degree from the University of North Texas, and has completed coursework toward a Doctorate in Fine Arts.
In 2014, her Varsity Treble Choir was selected to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association. She is also the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for Keller High School.

 
       
     
   

Dr. Mark Rohwer is the Director of Choral Activities at Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas. Rohwer has been at FMHS since its opening in the fall of 1999.

Under Rohwer’s direction, Flower Mound High School choirs have received consistent and numerous awards. In 2007, 2012, and 2015 the FMHS choirs performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in San Antonio; in 2008, the Jaguar Chorale performed in Kansas City as part of the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association convention.

Rohwer has been an active member of both the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association.

The Men’s Chamber Choir is the flagship men’s organization of the Flower Mound High School choral program. The group sings primarily a cappella literature of a variety of styles from a variety of time periods. The Men’s Chamber Choir also performs at a variety of concerts around Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. In 2010, the choir received a Gold Diploma and was named Winner of the Category at the American International Choral Festival in St. Louis, MO. In 2014, the choir was named Grand Champion of the Festival di Voce in Dallas. In 2015, the choir was invited to sing at the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in San Antonio.

Students from the Men’s Chamber Choir have been active participants in both local and state solo and ensemble contests, and singers in the choir have been involved with all-region and all-state choirs. Graduates have gone on to successful music study at major college institutions both in Texas and nationwide.

 
   

 

 
     
    The University of Houston Moores School Concert Chorale is the University of Houston’s premiere large choral ensemble. The group has been under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber since 2002. Under her direction, the ensemble has risen to international prominence, performing to standing ovations for three Texas Music Educators Association convention performances (2005, 2008, 2013, 2017) and the national American Choral Directors Association convention in Miami (2007).  
       
     
    Dr. Z. Randall Stroope is a Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies, as well as the Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair for Choral Music. He received the Regents Distinguished Research Award, and the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Mentor Award. Dr. Stroope conducts the Concert Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Women's Chorus, and coordinates the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting program. Dr. Stroope is one of the most active American choral conductors and composers working today, having conducted 40 all-state choirs, and headlined at numerous summer ACDA conventions. In the past year, he has conducted performances in 13 states, as well as Chicago Symphony Hall, and mass at the Vatican. He has directed at Carnegie Hall every year since 2000, and is the Artistic Director of an international summer music festival in Rome and Barcelona. Dr. Stroope has published 142 musical works. He received a Master of Music in voice performance from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in choral conducting from Arizona State University.
 
       
     
   

A native of Frederick, South Dakota, Christopher Maunu is the Head Choral Director at Arvada West High School in Arvada, Colorado. Since starting his career as a high school choir director there in 2006, the department has grown from 120 to over 300 students and has received national acclaim. Arvada West’s Vocal Showcase will be appearing at the 2017 National American Choral Director’s Association Conference in Minneapolis. In addition, he has had seven invitations to perform at Colorado Music Educators Association conferences since 2009.

Described by the Denver Post as “terrifically talented” and “especially cohesive”, Vocal Showcase is the premiere mixed vocal ensemble at Arvada West High School. This award winning choir is comprised of 46 sophomores through seniors. The ensemble has performed at the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference frequently throughout the years, most recently in 2012 and 2016. Vocal Showcase also performed on the 2014 Debut Series at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Vocal Showcase and other AWHS choirs regularly tour nationally and internationally. Some performances of such tours include the Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, the main stage at the Kennedy Center, and High Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. The students in Vocal Showcase enjoy bonding through the challenge of conquering difficult choral literature together.

 
       
     
    Mr. Derrick Brookins has served the students and parents in Texas Choral Music Education for more than 20 years. He currently serves on the faculty of Plano Senior High School, Plano Texas, as the Director of Choral Activities. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Brookins has completed, with honors, both undergraduate and graduate work at the University of North Texas. He earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education and a Masters of Secondary Education /Administration from Concordia University.  
       
     
   

S. Bryan Priddy assumed the position of Artistic Director of Texas Boys Choir in August 2008. He holds music degrees from Georgia State University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Eastman School of Music. Prior to his work with Texas Boys Choir, Priddy served as Director of Music at Peachtree Presbyterian Church (an 8,500 member congregation) in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also been Director of Choral Activities at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, where he conducted The Whitworth Choir, one of the Northwest’s premiere collegiate choral ensembles.

His college and church choirs have performed at the Northwest and Southern regional American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference conventions. In 2013, Texas Boys Choir performed at both the American Choral Directors Association national conference in Dallas and the Texas Choral Directors Association convention in San Antonio. Priddy serves as the Boychoir Repertoire and Standards Chair of the Southwest American Choral Directors Association.

Steeped in the tradition of European church choirs, members of TBC begin their intensive vocal training at a young age. The repertoire draws heavily from sacred traditions of the early Renaissance and Baroque periods in music history.

For more than 65 years, Texas Boys Choir has been instrumental in instilling a love of artistic expression and a desire to succeed in its young members. This pursuit of excellence continues to inspire young people today, both artistically and academically.