Houston Choral Classic
March 24, 2018
Spring High School
March 23, 2019
Spring High School (Tentative)
The Houston Choral Classic is a pre-UIL event designed for high school mixed, men’s and women’s varsity choirs. At this non-competitive event, two evaluators write detailed comments about the performance, followed by a 40 minute clinic.
Two selections are performed from the choir’s UIL repertoire during the allotted 20 minute time slot. All three pieces may be performed. In keeping with the educational nature of the event, it is acceptable to perform portions of a longer work, or to perform on solfege or neutral syllables according to each choir’s stage of development in perfecting the repertoire. Each piece may be sung in its entirety at the discretion of the director.
A two person panel will provide detailed, written comments designed to facilitate the continuing preparations for a satisfying and successful UIL experience.
Following the performance, each choir will receive a 40 minute clinic.
Scores: Three sets of original scores, two for the evaluators and one for the clinician, are necessary.
Recording: A CD recording will be prepared for each performing group.
Dress: Concert attire is encouraged but not required.
Performance times are confirmed when the appropriate registration fees and registration forms are received. Clinicians are assigned according to director preferences when possible but will remain in a three-person rotation order throughout the day.
Eduardo García-Novelli, D.M.A.
Director of Choral Activities, Chair, Music Dept.
Dr. Eduardo García-Novelli, serves as Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Music Department at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. He is also Artistic Director of Master Singers of Milwaukee. Born in Argentina, Eduardo served 8 years as Choir Director at Belgrano Day School in Buenos Aires, and as Assistant Conductor of the National Youth Choir. Former Assistant Director, Houston Symphony Chorus, and Director, Symphony of Southeast Texas Chorus. He received the Faculty Merit Award for distinguished teaching as Director of Choral Activities, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. Two undergraduate degrees from state conservatories in Argentina. MM: Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. DMA: University of Houston, TX. His choirs performed at TMEA, WMEA, WCDA, NCCO National Conference, and the International Choral Festival in Panama City, Panama. Several National, European and South American tours to his credit. In January of 2016 he was in residence at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia, lecturing and conducting the award-winning AVE Chamber Choir. In June of 2016 he conducted Mozart’s Missa brevis in F K 192 at the historical Peterskirche in Vienna. Last March he returned to Carnegie Hall to conduct Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and festival choir.
Kristina Caswell MacMullen
Assistant Director of Choral Studies
The Ohio State University
Kristina Caswell MacMullen serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Studies at The Ohio State University, where she conducts the Symphonic Choir, the Women’s Glee Club, and instructs both undergraduate and graduate students in choral conducting, repertoire, and rehearsal pedagogy.
As an active adjudicator and clinician, Professor Caswell MacMullen has conducted All-State and honor choirs throughout the United States. Recent and future engagements involve students in Colorado, Texas, Alaska, Virginia, Ohio, and Nebraska. In 2011, she was runner-up in the National American Choral Director’s Association graduate level conducting competition. She was also selected as a Fulbright Fellowship Alternate to Slovenia. Her teaching and conducting is featured on the DVD “Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success” published by GIA (2009), and her editions for treble choir are published by Musicatus Press, Boosey & Hawkes, and MusicSpoke.
Caswell MacMullen is a graduate of Michigan State University and Texas Tech University. Prior to her appointment at The Ohio State University, she enjoyed a diverse career as a public-school teacher, interacting with students in rural, suburban, and urban settings, elementary through high school. She has presented and co-presented interest sessions at state, regional, national, and international conferences.
Brian A. Schmidt
Associate Professor of Choral Music
Conductor of the A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers
Brian A. Schmidt is Associate Professor of Choral Music at Baylor University and conductor of the Baylor A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers. He also teaches the graduate choral conducting and literature courses and guides graduate conducting recitals. Schmidt is founder and Artistic Director of the South Dakota Chorale, a professional choir based in Sioux Falls, SD and has grown the ensemble’s artistic presence through commercial recordings and the signing of an international recording contract in 2014 with PENTATONE, a Dutch classical label.
Previously Schmidt served at Duke University Chapel where he conducted the Duke Vespers Ensemble and founded several new ventures including the monthly Bach Cantata Series and Cappella Baroque (a professional period-instrument orchestra) along with publishing recordings on the MSR Classics label.
He is a frequent guest conductor and his choirs have appeared on Division and National ACDA Conferences and Boston Early Music Festival. He was selected by ACDA to represent America in the International Conductor Exchange Program with Sweden, resulting in study and guest conducting opportunities in Sweden during the fall of 2015.
Schmidt graduated from the University of North Texas, where he completed MM and DMA degrees under Jerry McCoy and Richard Sparks, along with early music studies under Lyle Nordstrom and Lenora McCroskey.
Friendswood High School, (ret)
Choral Music Consultant
Janwin Overstreet-Goode recently retired after 36 years in music education. In 2008, the Friendswood High School Campus Singers were a TMEA Invited Performing Choir. Ms. Goode also served as music director of the school’s annual musical. The school’s production of “South Pacific” received the Tommy Tune Award for Best Musical in 2006, and the award for Best Musical Direction for “Oklahoma” in 2010 and “Les Miserables” in 2017.
Prior to joining the faculty at FHS, she taught at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, TX; the SRHS Chorale Women were selected to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association in 2001. Her choirs have been consistent Sweepstakes and superior ratings recipients at the University Interscholastic League contests, and have been named Best in Class at contests in Florida, Louisiana, California and Texas.
Ms. Goode received the FISD “Making a Difference” Award in 2009 and 2017. She was also honored by the Houston Symphony Orchestra and Fidelity FutureStage as the 2008 Outstanding Music Educator in the field of Choral Music. She is a Past-President of the Texas Music Educators Association. In February of 2006, Ms. Goode was honored to conduct the Kentucky All-State Women’s Choir.
Director of Choirs
Garland High School
Cheryl Wilson holds a BMEd. from Sam Houston State University, where her mentors included Bev Henson and Carol Smith. 31 of her 36 years of experience are in the Garland ISD. She is now in twenty third year of teaching at Garland High School, where she has been for seventeen years.
High performance levels, music literacy, and musical artistry are top priorities for the choral department at GHS. Cheryl’s choir has been invited to sing at TMEA in 2003, 2006, 2011, and 2014. Under Ms. Wilson’s direction, the Acappella Choir has toured England, Scotland, Austria, the Czech Republic, and France. Concert venues include St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, Prague Castle, Prague, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, La Madeleine Church, Paris, and the American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France.
Cheryl has held offices in the Texas Choral Directors’ Association and has served TMEA in various capacities. She is a frequent clinician and adjudicator.
In 2015, the Texas Choral Directors’ Association 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.
Director of Choral Studies Emeritus
Texas Tech University
Artistic Director for the San Antonio Chamber Choir
Richard Bjella, Professor Emeritus from Texas Tech University, and former choral conductor at Lawrence University, Bjella has distinguished himself as a conductor, clinician, choral pedagogue and choral arranger. He has been honored to have his choirs appear at the 2009 and 2013 National ACDA Conventions, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall, and at TMEA conventions. In addition, Bjella’s graduate conductors also received finalist recognition in conducting competitions at two of the most recent National ACDA Conventions and one was awarded the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize.
It has also been his honor to conduct and present masterclasses throughout the world and over 400 festivals and workshops in 32 states. He is also active in the promotion of creative choral programming and is a contributing writer for the book, The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy (2017) with his chapter, The Art of Successful Programming: Study, Selection, and Synthesis.
Bjella also served as President of the WCDA (Wisconsin) and was awarded the prestigious Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award (2007) and the Morris Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) from WCDA. Most recently, Bjella was the recipient of a 2017 Professing Excellence Award at Texas Tech University. Presently, he is the Artistic Director for the San Antonio Chamber Choir.
Dr. Joshua Oppenheim
Associate Professor of Music
Co-Director of Choral Studies
Kansas State University
Dr. Joshua Oppenheim received his B.M. from Western Michigan University, his M.M. at the University of Mississippi, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas. His choirs have been selected to perform at state conferences (2009 Concert Choir; 2012 Men’s Choir); regional conferences (2012 Concert Choir; 2016 In A Chord); 2018 Concert Choir) national conferences (2104 Men’s Choir; 2015 In A Chord; 2017 Concert Choir) and international conferences (2018 Concert Choir) He has been engaged as guest conductor and clinician in Carnegie Hall (2014, 2016) ) the National Cathedral (2018) Singapore (2015), and Dubai (2015); and had done additional study at Trinity College Cambridge, England.
He has been engaged as presenter, judge, and conductor in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Western and Southwestern division ACDA conferences.
Dr. Julie Yu
Associate Professor of Music
Co-Director of Choral Studies
Kansas State University
Dr. Julie Yu is Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University where she is part of a team that oversees eight choral ensembles and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas.
Before joining the Kansas State faculty, she taught at Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma and San José State University.
She has given presentations and her choirs have performed for the Kansas Music Educators Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, the American Choral Directors Association and the European Music Educators Association Conventions. She is the Southwest American Choral Directors Association President Elect designate and a 2018 ACDA-ICEP Conducting Fellow (to Kenya). She also serves as Artistic Director of the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale and the Vice President of the Flint Hills Children’s Choir.
$295 – one group
$590 – two groups
$885 – three groups
A $100 non-refundable registration fee per group which will be applied toward the total fees.