|8:00am - 9:00am||Registration/JW Pepper Open|
|9:00am - 10:00am||
Succeeding at UIL
|10:10am - 11:00am||Treble Grade 1-2
Erin Huston & Anne Guess
Mixed Grade 4-5
|11:10am - 12:00pm||Tenor-Bass PML 1-2
Laura Rachita & Connie Horton
Tenor Bass Grade 4-5
|12:00pm - 1:15pm||LUNCH - On Your Own|
|1:30pm - 2:20pm||Advanced Treble PML 2-3
Amy Moore & Sean Stultz
|HS Sight Reading
|2:30pm - 3:20pm||MS Sight-Reading
|Treble Grade 4-5
Mica Bull & Cody Parrott
|3:30pm - 4:20pm||
Choice Pieces (All Voicing)
Mixed Grade 2-4
2020 Winter Conference Clinicians
Michelle Hank is an active choral clinician, adjudicator, and educator across the state of Texas. She is currently the Head Choir Director at Willow Wood Junior High in Tomball ISD. Previously, as Choir Director at Henry Middle School in Leander ISD, her Varsity Treble Choir was selected to perform at the TMEA convention in 2012. Michelle has presented several sessions at TMEA and TCDA on topics including rehearsal techniques, inclusion in choral music classrooms, and middle school boys. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University and a Master’s in Choral Music Education degree from Michigan State University.
Janwin Overstreet-Goode is the Choral Director at Friendswood High School. In 2008 the FHS Campus Singers were a TMEA Invited Performing Choir. Prior to FHS, Janwin taught at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, TX, and the SRHS Chorale Women were selected to perform for TMEA in 2001. In 2008 she was named Outstanding Music Educator in the Field of Choral Music by the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Fidelity FutureStage. Janwin served on the TMEA Executive Board (2011-2016) and as TCDA Secretary-Treasurer (2007-09). In 2006 she was honored to conduct the Kentucky All-State Women’s Choir, and she was a recipient of the Tommy Tune Award - Best Musical Direction, in 2010 and 2017.
John Richardson is in his 15th year of teaching, and in his fourth year as Choir Director at Elkins High School in Fort Bend ISD. Previously, he taught at Angleton High School with Beth Casey, was Head Director at Columbia High School and West Brazos Junior High in Columbia-Brazoria ISD; and was Assistant Choir Director at Clements High School with Mary Matysiak and Janet Menzie. His choirs regularly earn Sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation, Outstanding-in-Class at Festival, and Performance of Distinction at the Celebration of Excellence. His students have earned placements in the All-Region Choir and TMEA All-State Choir. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Hardin-Simmons University under the tutelage of Dr. Loyd Hawthorne, and a Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting degree from Michigan State University under the instruction of Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Jonathan Reed, and Dr. Sandra Snow.
2020 Winter Conference Conductors
Christie Bean serves as the Director of Choral Activities for Liberty Middle and High Schools and as the Fine Arts Department Chair for the high school. In addition to teaching choir, she teaches piano, music theory, and AP music theory. She serves as TMEA Region 10 Vocal Division Chair and as the SSC Area East Chair. She served on the UIL Sight-Reading Committee, the TCDA Scholarship Committee, and as a section leader for the TMEA Small School All-State Choir. Christie has previously taught at Tarkington ISD, Huffman ISD, and McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, GA. She also served as a Minister of Music, pianist, and organist at churches in both Texas and Georgia. Christie was named 2017 Teacher of the Year and 2017 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Liberty ISD. Christie’s choirs consistently receive Sweepstakes and first division ratings at UIL contests and festivals. She received two degrees, a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.
Mica Bull is in her 18th year as a Choir Director, private voice instructor, consultant, judge and clinician in the Northwest Houston area. Mica joined the team at Cy-Fair High School this year after previously teaching at Langham Creek High School 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. She served as the Middle School Vocal Coordinator for Region XXIX and also on the UIL Prescribed Music List Revision Committee. Mica has been a panelist, conductor, and contributor for workshops at both TMEA and TCDA conventions, as well as for various districts around the state. She was a section leader for the 2019 TMEA All-State Mixed Choir and will be presenting at the 2020 TMEA Convention. Mica received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University.
Enrique Collazo has taught for 33 years, all in Galena Park ISD. He is a two-year member of the Texas All-State Choir (1980 & 1981) at Jefferson High School, San Antonio, under the direction of Irma Taut. Enrique taught for four years at Jacinto City Elementary School where his JCE Honor Choir performed at the 1991 TMEA Convention. He then taught nine years at North Shore Middle School where he built one of the largest programs in Texas, and for the past 19 years he has been the Choral Director at North Shore Senior High School. The Varsity Chorale Men under his direction performed at the 2019 TMEA Convention. Enrique is a member of TCDA, TMAA and TMEA and he currently serves as Region 33 Vocal Division Chair. He attended Texas State University where he was a member of the Chorale under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Fulton. Enrique also attended Sam Houston State University where he earned his Kodály Certification levels 1 & 2 under Dr. Alan Strong.
Deidre Douglas has been a choral educator for over 30 years. She is in her 14th year at Cypress Falls High School. Deidre began her teaching career with 17 years in middle school choir, 13 years at Labay Middle School and the remaining four at Aragon and Arnold Middle Schools. At Labay, her advanced girls were selected to perform at the 1995 TMEA Convention, and in 2012, her Varsity Men’s Choir at Cypress Falls High School received the same honor. In 2015, Deidre had the honor of her Varsity Women’s Choir being selected to perform at the TMEA convention as well as the National ACDA Convention. In 2017, her A cappella Choir was honored to sing and represent Cypress Falls High School at TMEA. During her tenure at Labay Middle School, Deidre was named “Spotlight Teacher” and later received the same honor at Cypress Falls High School. A frequent adjudicator, clinician and soloist throughout Texas and the surrounding states, Deidre’s professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, TMAA, ACDA, Mu Phi Epsilon, Alpha Chi and Pi Kappa Lambda. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin University. She was named the Presser Scholar and the Lenvill Martin Outstanding Music Graduate.
Anne Guess is in her 18th year of teaching and will begin her sixth year as the Head Choir Director at WoodCreek Junior High in the Katy ISD. Under her direction, the choirs at WoodCreek earn consistent Sweepstakes, Superior, and Overall Outstanding Performance awards at area contests and competitions. Anne’s private students also boast Superior & Excellent ratings at Solo & Ensemble competitions and claim membership to such elite groups as local Region Honor Choirs and the Texas All-State Honor Choir. Her students have been honored with leading roles in many local productions including Godspell, Dames at Sea, Zombie Prom, Guys and Dolls, Annie, Alice in Wonderland, Into the Woods, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Anne is an active adjudicator and clinician, enjoys performing, and is a soloist at St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church. She spent a year as a stage management intern at the Houston Grand Opera before beginning her teaching career. Anne graduated with honors from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. She studied voice with Alan Dornak, the late Debria Brown, Patryk Wroblewski, Dr. Sharon Radionoff, and Jane Becker. Anne sang under the direction of Dr. Charles Hausmann and Dr. Betsy Weber while earning her undergraduate degree.
Connie Horton is currently in her 11th year at McCullough Jr. High School. Before teaching at the junior high level, Connie taught 5th and 6th grade General Music and Choir. She is proud to have had two Mitchell Intermediate choirs perform as invited choirs at the TMEA Conventions (2005 and 2008). While at McCullough, all performing choirs under her supervision have earned consistent superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading and the highest rankings at their yearly choral festivals. The McCullough Chamber Choir was selected to perform at the 2015 TMEA Convention and at the ACDA Cambiata Institute Conference in May 2014 and 2018. In addition, the McCullough Chamber Choir was named a National Winner of the Mark of Excellence Award and the McCullough Mixed Choir was named a Commended Winner of the Mark of Excellence Award in 2016. Most recently, the McCullough Mixed Choir performed as an invited choir at the 2019 TMEA Convention. Connie served TCDA as Elementary Division Vice President (2004–2006) and as the TCDA MS/JH Division Vice President (2015-2017). She served TMEA as the MS/JH Region Coordinator (2011–2014) and was on the Texas State UIL Sight-Reading Committee (2015-2017). Connie is a guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Sam Houston State University, and in April 2019 received a Master’s of Education Administration degree through Lamar University.
Erin Huston is in her 20th year as Choir Director at North Shore Middle School in Galena Park ISD. Her choirs have consistently earned Sweepstakes at UIL contests. Erin has presented sessions at TMEA and TCDA conventions, and she is a member of TMEA, TCDA, TMAC and TMAA. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas State University and a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership degree from Lamar University.
Holly Lewallen is in her 12th year as Head Choir Director at Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, Texas. She earned a Bachelor's degree from The University of Texas San Antonio, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.
Kristin Likos is in her 13th year of teaching, and is currently the Head Choir Director at Seven Lakes Junior High in Katy ISD. Choirs under her direction consistently earn Sweepstakes awards at UIL and festival competitions. The Seven Lakes Junior High Varsity Treble Choir performed at the TMEA Convention in 2018. Kristin is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Amy Moore is in her 24th year of teaching and in her seventh year as Head Director at Salyards Middle School in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD. Choirs under her direction receive consistent awards including UIL Sweepstakes, Best-in-Class recognitions, and honor choir performances at the TMEA Convention. She was selected as “Spotlight Teacher” for her campus in both 2008 and 2016. Amy is an active adjudicator and clinician and has served as a guest lecturer at Texas Tech and Sam Houston State Universities, presented professional workshops at state conventions and area school districts, and has had multiple articles published in Southwestern Musician, the TMEA professional magazine. She is co-artistic director and conductor of the Houston Girls Chorus, has served on faculty for the American Festival of the Arts summer music conservatory for the past seven years, was a member of the Prescribed Music List Selection Committee for UIL, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Music Education. Her professional affiliations include TSTA, TMEA, TCDA and TMAA. Amy graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and holds a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Lamar University.
Cody S. Parrott is a product of an extensive line of Texas music educators. He joins the Performing and Visual Arts team at Andy Dekaney High School in his 12th year in education as Director of the Choral Program after holding multiple music teaching positions in the Austin area. During his tenure at Killeen High School he was selected as the 2017 Teacher of the Year and as Runner-Up for Killeen ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. Choirs under Cody’s direction have consistently earned the coveted Sweepstakes Award at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading, as well as at many festival recognitions including Performance of Distinction at the AMC Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festival and First Runner-Up at the AMC Celebration of Excellence Competition in Houston.. He is a participant and adjudicator in state-wide UIL, TMEA, and TAPPS contests, and an active member of TMEA, TMAA, TCDA, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Cody holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with a concentration in Voice from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.
Laura Rachita has completed 22 years of teaching and is now in her 8th year of teaching at Friendswood Junior High. She served on the TCDA board from 2012-2014 as the Elementary VP and she is the Region 17 MAC Representative. Laura enjoys mentoring and collaborating with colleagues and judging Solo and Ensemble, Region and Concert and Sight-Reading contests. In her spare time, she enjoys training for triathlons, singing with the praise band at Friendswood Methodist Church and relaxing on her back porch. She earned a degree in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace College and Conservatory and she holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Jasmine Reed will begin her seventh year of teaching choir. She is in her second year at Peet Junior High. Prior to Peet, Jasmine directed the choirs for five years at Bayside Intermediate in Clear Creek ISD where her ensembles consistently earned Superior ratings at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contests and other local Houston festivals. As an active Region XVII MS/JH member, she also had the privilege of serving her choral community when she was elected to the offices of Vice-Chair and Vocal Chair between 2014 and 2018. In spring 2017, HAABSE (Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators) named Jasmine their Teacher of the Year. Concurrently, she was a finalist for Teacher of the Year at Bayside and in the summer that followed, TCDA presented her with the Young Director of Distinction Award. A native Houstonian, Jasmine earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University in 2013.
Christin Reinartz is proud to be the Head Choir Director at Obra D. Tompkins High School since its inaugural year in 2013. Ms. Reinartz graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University receiving her Bachelors & Master’s Degrees in Music Education & Choral Conducting, completing her study in 2010. Christin is the music minister at Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church in Katy and is currently serving as the Region 23 Vocal Division Secretary and Region Treble Choir Organizer. She is in her 9th season singing as a member of the Soprano Section for CANTARE Houston and is excited to perform in the 2020 Southwest ACDA concert! Her choirs are frequently selected for Choral Invitationals with various universities and professional chamber groups. Most recently the Tompkins Choir Mixed Chorale was selected as an Invited Choir for the 2018 TMEA Convention and will also be presenting the 2020 Honor Concert for the “Celebration of Excellence” choral festival in April.
Outside of her choral work, Ms. Reinartz loves to dance and trains as a competitor in both the Country Western and West Coast Swing dance circuits. She is a two-time Pro-Am National Champion in her divisions for American Country Western Dance. She aims to never stop learning and believes that continuing to set goals as a student herself contributes towards being an effective teacher for her students.
Sean Stultz is currently the Associate Choir Director at Clear Creek High School. Choirs under his direction have received consistent UIL Sweepstakes and other awards both local and statewide. He sings with Cantare Houston and Christ Church Cathedral as a tenor and countertenor. Sean received his undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Houston with a BME degree in vocal music education.
Clay West is the Head Choir Director at Conroe High School. Prior to entering public education, he served in the area of church music for over a decade. Clay is an active member of TMEA, having served as a Region Chair, Mixed Choir Section Leader, Mixed Choir Organizer and Facilities Chair. He is an active adjudicator and member of TMAA, ACDA, and TCDA. He studied voice and choral conducting at Howard Payne University where he studied with Cynthia Sheppard and graduated with honors. While at HPU, he was named a Presser Scholar. Clay also holds a Master’s of Arts degree with honors in theology from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Post-baccalaureate study was at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Sam Houston State University, where Clay studied conducting with C. David Keith and Allen Hightower.
2020 Winter Conference Accompanists
Jeanna Baibos is an Assistant Director at Cypress Lakes High School, after teaching at Dean Middle School for 17 years. Jeanna enjoys playing piano, reading and camping. She frequently plays for several schools in Cypress Fairbanks ISD, and accompanies both the middle school and high school region choirs for Region 27. She has been the pianist at Bear Creek Baptist Church since 1992. Jeanna earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO.
Dan Miner is the Assistant Choir Director at Atascocita High School in the Houston, TX metro area. He has taught choral music at both the junior high and high school levels in Arizona and Texas where his students have consistently won top awards in local and state contests. He holds degrees in music education and piano from Michigan State University.
Outside of the classroom, Dan is a regular accompanist in both sacred and secular settings, is a published choral composer with several publishing houses, and serves as organist at First United Methodist Church (Pasadena, TX).
Rob Seible is currently Choirmaster at Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. Rob retired as Choral Director at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts after 34 years in public education. He founded VOX-The Rob Seible Singers and conducted the group from 2007-2017. Rob was chorus Master/Assistant Conductor for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston for several seasons and has served as an accompanist for Houston Grand Opera’s High School Voice Program and summer vocal camps. Rob holds a Master’s degree in Conducting from Sam Houston State University.
Dr. Elizabeth Wallace
Dr. Elizabeth Wallace is a tenured Professor of Music at Howard Payne University, with teaching and administrative responsibilities in applied piano, pedagogy, accompanying, piano ensembles, and music history. She is active as an accompanist, coach, adjudicator, and workshop leader. Elizabeth has taught at Howard Payne since January 1991, and was named Outstanding Faculty member in 1998 and 2017. She is chair of the Music Department and has served three times as president of the University Faculty Assembly. She has been an adjudicator for the American College of Musicians, National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Texas Music Teachers Association for over 25 years. She has accompanied soloists and concert/chamber ensembles across the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, and Taiwan. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Howard Payne University, a Master’s in Music degree in piano performance from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD degree in Fine Arts (music) from Texas Tech University.