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Brigitte Bellini

Brigitte Bellini headshotDegrees:
      New England Conservatory
      BM Voice Performance
      MM Voice Performance

Has been teaching at TxState since 2007

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Originally from Texas, award winning soprano and voice teacher Brigitte Bellini has recently returned to the San Marcos area after having lived and performed in New York City and Boston for 20 years. With over 16 years of teaching experience, she was one of the founding members of the voice faculty at The Actors Studio Drama School (as featured on BRAVO’S Inside the Actor’s Studio). She has also served on the faculties of New York University, New York’s famed High School for Performing Arts and The Horace Mann School, as well as maintaining a private studio of professional singers and actors.

Performance credits include appearances with The Colorado Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival, Sarasota Opera, Di Capo Opera Theater in New York City and Central City Opera, where she is featured on the their anniversary recording of The Ballad of Baby Doe. San Marcos audiences have seen her as The Mother inAmahl and the Night Visitors with The San Marcos Performing Arts Association and as the soprano guest artist in A Sousa Spectacular with the Texas State Wind Ensemble.  A member of NATS and TMEA, she holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.

Soon Cho

Soon Cho headshot Degrees:
      University of Washington
      BM Voice Performance
      Rice University
      MM Voice Performance
      University of Cincinnati CCM
      DMA Voice Performance
      Artist Diploma

Has been teaching at TxState since 2014

Contact Dr. Cho, scd55@txstate.edu

Hailed by Opera News for her “potent presence” as Mrs. Clemm in Argento’s Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe, lyric mezzo-soprano Soon Cho has gained recognition as a versatile performer.  As a recitalist, chamber musician, oratorio and concert soloist, and equally at home on the opera stage, Dr. Cho began her professional singing career under the batons of world-renowned conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Erich Kunzel, Julius Rudel, Mischa Santora, and David Zinman.  Deeply committed to education as an artist teacher, Dr. Cho joined the voice faculty at Texas State University in 2014, having taught previously for seven years at Baylor University.  She is also on the faculty at Cornish-American Song Institute, a three-week intensive study of Art Song in Oxford and Falmouth in England.

As Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cincinnati Post praised her performance as “regal in bearing, with vocal endowments to match.  The tears were listener response to her heart-wrenching performance of When I Am Laid in Earth.”  Opera credits include Costanza in Haydn’s L’isola disabitata with New York Philomusica, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Seongnam Arts Center in Korea, Mao’s 2nd Secretary in Nixon in China with Cincinnati Opera, a “delightfully melodramatic” Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with the CCO and at the Astoria Music Festival, Adalgisa in Norma with Opera in the Heights, Mercedes in Carmen with Dayton Opera, Zita in Gianni Schicchi at the Opera Festival of Lucca with a repeat performance at the 50th Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago in Italy, Mother Goose in the National Public Radio broadcasted performance of The Rake’s Progress with the Aspen Music Festival, La Pucelle in Belladonna (world premiere) with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel at College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM) and Houston Grand Opera’s Opera-to-Go, L’Enfant in L’enfant et les sortileges, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Vera Boronel in The Consul.  Dr. Cho has sung with many young artist programs, including Cincinnati Opera Young Artist Program, Dayton Opera Artist-in-Residence, Seattle Opera Educational Outreach Program, Houston Grand Opera's Opera-to-Go, and the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

On the concert stage as a mezzo-soprano soloist, Dr. Cho has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Cincinnati Symphony and May Festival Chorus, A Salute to Opera with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the Riverbend Music Center; Berlioz’s Les Nuit D’Eté with Opera Philharmonic of Bourgas in Bulgaria, Handel’s Messiah with Pilgrim’s Chorus and Orchestra in Canada, Bach’s St. John Passion with Vocal Arts Ensemble and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat; Falla’s Three Cornered Hat, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and Combined Choruses; Mozart’s Requiem at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Rossini’s Pettite Messe Solennel, Saint Saëns’s Messe, and Vivaldi’s Gloria

Chamber music highlights include “both sensual and jazzy…especially captivating” Midwest premier of Jake Heggie’s Times of Day for mezzo-soprano, violin, cello and piano at the Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival and Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and four-hand piano at the Art Song Symposium. An advocate of new music, Dr. Cho recorded composer Michael Fiday’s Protest Song on Innova Records and performed Scott McAllister’s Screaming Azaleas with Emanon Ensemble at the Ghent New Music Festival in Belgium. As a recitalist, Dr. Cho has performed on the Les Arts George V Recital Series in Paris, Ghent Conservatory of Music and Ostend Conservatory of Music in Belgium and all around the U.S.

Recording credits include Michael Fiday: Same Rivers Different with Innova Recordings label, Menotti Arias for Mezzo-soprano with Hal Leonard Publishing, Haydn’s L’isolda disabitata with NY Philomusica Records, and Meehan/Perkins Duo: Restless, Endless, Tactless with New World Records. Published journal article credit includes “A 2011 NATS Intern’s Perspective” on nats.org.

Dr. Cho’s students have been accepted for graduate studies in vocal performance at University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Loyola University. They have gained acceptance into and attended opera training programs at Opera Training Institute of Chicago, Opera Works Advanced Artist Program, Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music Opera Studio, Houston Grand Opera’s Opera-to-Go, CoOPERAtive Young Artist Program, and numerous international summer opera programs. Her students consistently place in the finals at the Texoma Region NATS Student Auditions.

Dr. Cho received both her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) working with Barbara Honn. Doctoral cognate fields were in Vocal Pedagogy and Opera Stage Directing.  Dr. Cho received M.M. from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University working with Dr. Joyce Farwell, and B.A./B.M. from University of Washington working with Carmen Pelton. As a scholarship recipient for five consecutive summers, Ms. Cho studied with W. Stephen Smith at the Aspen Music Festival. Additional voice teaching training include 2011 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Program under the tutelage of master teacher Dr. Christopher Arneson of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Songfest Mentor Program in 2013 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and annual voice teachers seminars with master teachers Barbara Honn held in San Diego and Dr. Joyce Farwell held in San Marcos.

Dr. Cho is an active clinician and adjudicator. She has presented master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College, Florida State University, Houston Grand Opera High School Studio, Ghent Music Conservatory in Belgium, Sam Houston State University, and Western Illinois University. 

Cary Michaels

Cary Michaels headshot Degrees:
      Indiana University
BM Voice Performance
      University of Nebraska
      MM Voice Performance
Academy of Vocal Arts
Artist Diploma

Has been teaching at TxState since 1988

Contact Mr. Michaels, carym@txstate.edu

The adjectives, which constantly appear in reviews of Cary Michaels' performances, are: "effortless", "splendid", "passionate", "rich", and "resonant".  These qualities are prerequisites of the music of the Bel Canto style.  Works by composers from this period - Mozart, Händel, Rossini, Donizetti - are particularly suited to this lyric tenor. In the works of these composers, along with those of Haydn, Bach, Schubert, and Massenet, where style and beauty of voice are primary requirements, Cary Michaels' versatility is demonstrated by his success in coping with the stringent demands of this music.

Cary Michaels has performed nearly 40 leading operatic roles, ranging from "Ferrando", "Werther", "Tamino", "Count Almaviva", and "Elvino", to more unusual roles such as "The Devil" in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Night Before Christmas and "Chanticleer" in the opera of the same name by Seymour Barab.

Some of the companies Mr. Michaels has worked with are Opera Omaha, Opera Ebony, The Virginia Opera Association, Opera Delaware, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Opera Theater, Northern Virginia Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, the Chautauqua Opera Company, and The Corfu International Music Festival (Corfu, Greece).

An active concert artist, Mr. Michaels has performed nearly 50 oratorios that include works from the Baroque to the Contemporary, in major cities in the U.S. and Europe, with organizations such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Austin Choral Union, the Austin Choral Artists, the Victoria Bach Festival, the New Texas Festival, the Wisconsin Choral Union, the North Danish Symphony Orchestra (Aalbørg, Denmark), the Kammerorchester (Frankfurt, Germany), the Pennsylvania Pro Musica, the Musica Sacra (Cincinnati, Ohio), and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

Mr. Michaels received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Nebraska School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, all in Vocal Performance.

Mr. Michaels is an educator, having taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is now a tenured Associate Professor of Vocal Music at Texas State, where he teaches private voice and vocal diction. He is one of the Co-Directors of the music ministry at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.

Samuel Mungo

Samuel Mungo headshot Degrees:
      Illinois State University
      BS Communication
New England Conservatory
MM Vocal Performance
Boston Conservatory
Artist Diploma
University of Colorado, Boulder
DMA Vocal Pedagogy

Has been teaching at TxState since 2006
Contact Dr. Mungo, samuel.mungo@txstate.edu

Samuel Mungo is the Director of Opera Studies at Texas State University.  He has been involved in opera as a director, singer, and teacher for more than 30 years, and comes to Texas State with the dedication to foster the growth of a true Music Theatre – combining the great music of beautifully sung opera together with complete dedication to character and truthfully created relationships.

In recent years at Texas State, Dr. Mungo has directed productions of Gianni Schicchi, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw and Candide.  Professionally directing credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera, Pirates of Penzance for Colorado Light Opera, Trouble in Tahiti for the Boulder Opera Project, and Rigoletto (Best of San Antonio 2010) and Il Trovatore for San Antonio Opera.   His production of Angelique with TSOT won the National Opera Association Best Opera Production award for 2012, as did his 2013 production of Don Giovanni.

As a singer, he has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout North America and around the world. Recently he has sung Jesus in Bach’s St. John’s Passion with Craig Hella Johnson and the Texas State Chorale, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Piccola of San Antonio, and in recital with Faith Debow in Enoch Arden by Richard Strauss.

He received his Doctorate in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Masters in Vocal Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory.  He also holds an Artist’s Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Illinois State University.  Dr. Mungo has been on the faculty at The Actor’s Studio Drama School, New York University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the New School University in New York.

Cheryl Parrish

Cheryl Parrish headshot Degrees:
      Texas State University
MM Voice Performance

Has been teaching at TxState since 2002

Contact Ms. Parrish

Soprano Cheryl Parrish, a member of the voice faculty of Texas State University in San Marcos since 2002, maked her Houston Grand Opera debut in the 2011 production of Dead Man Walking as Kitty Hart.  She has sung performances on opera stages around the world. Her career began at San Francisco Opera, where she appeared in such roles as Sophie in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, Blondchen in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, Susanna in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio. She made her European debut as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier with the Zurich Opera and performer Sophie with the Cologne Opera, in Florence, Italy at the Maggio Musicale, the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company and the Portland Opera.

She has appeared in concert with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra. She also appeared on Live From Lincoln Center's Pavarotti Plus! Ms. Parrish's recent credits include Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide with Austin Lyric Opera, and Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Austin Lyric Opera; and the title role of Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe at New Orleans Opera and Austin Lyric Opera. She has also sung Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto at Vancouver Opera, and Denver Opera; Norina in Don Pasquale with the San Diego Opera and Tulsa Opera.

Ron Ulen, Area Coordinator

Ron Ulen headshotDegrees:
      Minnesota State University
BM Music Education
Florida State University
MM Voice Performance
      MM Opera Production

Has been teaching at TxState since 2010

Contact Mr. Ulen, ru11@txstate.edu
Personal site: www.ronulen.com

The American baritone, Ron Ulen, made his professional debut as Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with the National Opera Company.  This led to appearances throughout United States, for example as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Eberbach in Der Wildschütz, Mr. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Marcello in La bohème.

Mr. Ulen made his European debut in Il Trovatore at the renowned Opera House in Zürich, Switzerland. As a resident leading artist in Coburg, Germany, he sang the title roles in Verdi´s Falstaff, Tschaikowky´s Eugen Onegin, Bartok´s Bluebeards Castle, Zar Peter I. in Lortzing´s Zar und Zimmermann as well as Sharpless in Puccini´s Madame Butterfly and Tarquinius in Britten´s The Rape of Lucretia.

He was also engaged as the resident leading baritone at the Staatstheater in Schwerin, the Staatstheater in Mainz and the Opera House of Augsburg. His roles included Germont in Verdi´s La Traviata, Belcore in L´Elisir d´Amore, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Valentin in Faust, Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, the Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Miller in Luisa Miller.

An active and versatile performer who feels equally at home on the opera, concert, or recital stage, Mr. Ulen has performed over 90 roles in nearly 2000 performances. His career has taken him to opera stages and concert halls around the world including those of Vienna, Rome, London, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, New York, Munich, Paris, Chicago, and Berlin.

He has enjoyed great success as Nabucco in Verdi’s opera of the same name in numerous venues. Additional productions have included Ariadne auf Naxos, La Finta Giardinieri, Aida, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tannhäuser, Der Fliegende Holländer, and La Forza del Destino.

In addition to his teaching, Mr. Ulen continues to maintain an active performing schedule. He has conducted master classes at various universities and conservatories in Europe and the United States as well as being in demand as an adjudicator and jury member of various voice competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

He earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Minnesota State University Mankato followed by Masters Degrees from Florida State University, in Vocal Performance and Opera Production. Further studies led him to Vienna, Austria and the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Ulen’s current and former students are represented on the rosters of numerous European and American opera houses. 

Oliver Worthington

Oliver Worthington headshotDegrees:
      Converse College
BM VoicePerformance
New England Conservatory
MM Voice Performance
University of Texas, Austin
DMA Voice Performance

Has been teaching at TxState since 2011
Contact Dr. Worthington, ow12@txstate.edu

Baritone Oliver Worthington’s performance credits include Austin Lyric Opera and The Austin Symphony, San Antonio Lyric Opera and The San Antonio Symphony as well as performances at many music festivals and recital halls throughout the south and southwest.  He has performed extensively as a soloist with choral organizations in oratorio as well.  In addition to the classical repertoire, he has given many musical theater performances. He has also served as music director for productions at regional theaters, including The Austin Playhouse and Unity Theater. For the fifth season of Lone Star Lyric Theater in Houston this past summer, he acted as a director/producer and also created two roles in five newly commissioned works for the company. 
Having studied voice with Jane Rolandi, Ed Zambara, Rose Taylor, and Joey Evans, among others, at Texas State Dr. Worthington teaches applied voice lessons to students majoring in music and musical theatre. In his previous position at Southwestern University, Dr. Worthington worked closely with the opera program and music theater program and served as music director for the theater department’s musical productions for many years. 
He earned a music bachelor’s degree from Converse College, a Master of Music in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.  

Dr. Worthington serves as vice-president of the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to advancing the musical arts through philanthropic giving.  The centerpiece of the organization is an annual vocal competition held in New York, which draws competitors from across the country.

Opera Faculty

Samuel Mungo, Director of Opera

Samuel Mungo headshot Degrees:
      Illinois State University
      BS Communication
New England Conservatory
MM Vocal Performance
Boston Conservatory
Artist Diploma
University of Colorado, Boulder
DMA Vocal Pedagogy

Has been teaching at TxState since 2006
Contact Dr. Mungo, samuel.mungo@txstate.edu

Samuel Mungo is the Director of Opera Studies at Texas State University.  He has been involved in opera as a director, singer, and teacher for more than 30 years, and comes to Texas State with the dedication to foster the growth of a true Music Theatre – combining the great music of beautifully sung opera together with complete dedication to character and truthfully created relationships.

In recent years at Texas State, Dr. Mungo has directed productions of Gianni Schicchi, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw and Candide.  Professionally directing credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera, Pirates of Penzance for Colorado Light Opera, Trouble in Tahiti for the Boulder Opera Project, and Rigoletto (Best of San Antonio 2010) and Il Trovatore for San Antonio Opera.   His production of Angelique with TSOT won the National Opera Association Best Opera Production award for 2012, as did his 2013 production of Don Giovanni.

As a singer, he has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout North America and around the world. Recently he has sung Jesus in Bach’s St. John’s Passion with Craig Hella Johnson and the Texas State Chorale, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Piccola of San Antonio, and in recital with Faith Debow in Enoch Arden by Richard Strauss.

He received his Doctorate in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Masters in Vocal Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory.  He also holds an Artist’s Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Illinois State University.  Dr. Mungo has been on the faculty at The Actor’s Studio Drama School, New York University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the New School University in New York.

Kristin Roach, Coach

Kristin Roach headshotDegrees:
      Eastman School of Music
BM Applied Music (Piano)
      Performers Certificate
      MM Piano Performance/Literature
      MM Piano Accompanying/Chamber Music

Has been teaching at TxState since 2012
Contact Ms. Roach, kr26@txstate.edu
Personal site www.kristinroach.com

A native of San Antonio, Kristin Roach is in demand across the nation as a pianist, organist, vocal coach, and conductor.  In performances that encompass twenty states, Canada, Japan, and the former Soviet Union, she has collaborated with many of the world’s finest artists including Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Jerry Hadley, and Rosalind Elias.  She has prepared productions for the San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, San Antonio Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Brevard Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Institute, Opera Theatre of Rochester, Eastman Opera Theater, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Texas Tech University, and Texas Lutheran University.  Conducting credits include La Boheme, Liszt’s Christus, and the Artpace choral world premier of Gold Space City of God.  She is currently the Music Director of Opera Piccola of San Antonio and on the opera faculty at Texas State University.

Reviews of Kristin’s performances with South Texas musicians include phrases like “revelatory” and “infectious high-spirits.”  She has appeared as piano soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, San Antonio Wind Symphony, and Eastman Philharmonia, and as chamber musician with Camerata San Antonio, Chamber Music Amarillo, Olmos Ensemble, Musical Offerings, and Cactus Pear Music Festival.  She has toured Europe with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, performing on the historic organs of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Church of the Madeleine, Ely Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral and York University.  Her recordings include the Trinity Jazz Project, a self-produced collection of her original arrangements of hymn tunes, and classical works with the New World Symphony for Decca Records and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble for Sony Classical Records.  Her recording of chamber works by Miguel del Aguila with Camerata San Antonio, Salon Buenos Aires, has been nominated for two Latin Grammy® awards.

Ms. Roach maintains a private coaching studio, whose members include performers with numerous opera companies and apprentice programs, university faculty and students, chamber music groups, and church musicians.  She received her education at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music (Piano), a Performer’s Certificate in Piano, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance/Literature and Piano Accompanying/Chamber Music.

Choral Faculty

Craig Aamot

Craig Aamot headshotDegrees:
      Carroll University
BA Choral Conducting
Texas State University
MM Choral Conducting

Has been teaching at TxState since 2013

Contact Mr. Aamot,

Craig Aamot joined the faculty at Texas State in the spring of 2013, conducting VocaLibre and the Texas State Men’s Choir. He began his work at Texas State in fall of 2011 as a graduate assistant in choral conducting.
Aamot comes to San Marcos from Wisconsin, where he led one of the largest and most respected high school choral programs in the Midwest. Aamot’s choirs performed at state and divisional ACDA conventions, throughout the United States and Europe including Italy, France, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic, in venues ranging from the Vatican to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. His 75-voice Men’s Choir performed at the 2010 North Central Division ACDA convention and the 2008 National Convention of the Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus Association. Under Aamot, Appleton North performances drew attention for their creativity, artistry, and wide appeal, receiving an audience of over 4500 each year for their holiday concert. The choral program enrolled 350 singers in six choirs.

In addition to his work in choral music, Aamot is active locally and nationally as a quarterback coach and lecturer. A two-sport scholarship athlete in college, Aamot works with one of the premiere quarterback development programs in the country. Speaking and clinician engagements have taken him to over twenty states throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Aamot received his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Texas State University where he studied with Dr. Joey Martin and Dr. Jonathon Babcock and his B.A. in Choral Conducting from Carroll University in Wisconsin. Aamot has also studied with Craig Hella Johnson, Rene Clausen, Dale Warland, Jerry Blackstone, Sharon Hanson, Sandra Snow, and Joanne Miller. His father Mark lead the choral department at Carroll University in Wisconsin for thirty years, and his brother Kirk directs the choral program at Montana State University in Bozeman.

Jonathan Babcock, Associate Director of Choral Activities

Jonathan Babcock headshotDegrees:
      Crane School of Music
BM Music Education
      MM Choral Conducting
Hartt School, University of Hartford
DMA Choral Conducting

Has been teaching at TxState since 2008

Contact Dr. Babcock,

Dr. Jonathan Babcock is in demand as a conductor, educator and clinician throughout the United States. He has been privileged to work with such artists as Richard Tucker Award winner Stephanie Blythe, Carol Meyer, Matthew Garrett, Anton Belov and Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, New York City; The Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China and St. George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa. He has lead performances at American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association and New York State School Music Association conventions. Working as an advocate for contemporary choral music, he has overseen the commissioning of new works by composers such as Paul Moravec, David Del Tredici, Russell Riepe and Stephen Paulus.

Dr. Babcock is an associate professor at Texas State University where he conducts the Texas State University Singers and Men’s Choir. In addition, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, literature and pedagogy. Prior to coming to Texas State, Dr. Babcock served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Recent performances include a fully staged production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; a concert tour of Great Britain including a three day residency at Lincoln Cathedral; a concert tour of South Africa; and an interactive, multimedia concert celebrating the music of the Republic of Georgia. In 2011 Babcock traveled to the Republic of Georgia on a Research Enhancement Grant to study their vast musical history and learn the traditions of this ancient musical culture. In addition to performing, Babcock has contributed several articles to the American Choral Journal on Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; as well as the last interview with the late Maestro Richard Westenburg.

Babcock received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam where he studied conducting with the late Brock McElheran and voice with Patricia Misslin; and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Hartt School, University of Hartford where he studied conducting with Paul E. Oakley and Edward Bolkovac.

Lynn Brinckmeyer, Director of Choral Music Education

Lynn Brinckmeyer headshotDegrees:
      Eastern New Mexico University
BS Education
      MM Music Education
University of Kansas
Ph.D. Music Education

Has been teaching at TxState since 2005

Contact Dr. Brinckmeyer,

Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University. During 2006-2008 she served as President for The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC). Past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair and Conn-Selmer University Advisory Board. She also served as a Music Expert on the Disney, “Let’s Play Music” Site. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, Dr. Brinckmeyer received both the PTI Excellence in Teaching Award and the CenturyTel Award for outstanding faculty. Other awards include the MENC Lowell Mason Fellow, Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, the MENC Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award and Eastern New Mexico University’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

Dr. Brinckmeyer recently published Wander the World with Warm-ups with Hal Leonard Publishing; her book Advocate for Music with Oxford University Press is available January, 2016. Dr. Brinckmeyer is also a contributing author for Interactive Music – Powered by Silver Burdett, The Music Director’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program and The Choral Director’s Cookbook: Insights and Inspired Recipes for Beginners and Experts. She founded the Eastern Washington University Girls’ Chorus while teaching at EWU. She also served as Artistic Director for the Idaho State Children’s Chorus in Pocatello, Idaho and the South Hill Children’s Chorus in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Brinckmeyer is a co-founder and Artistic Director for the Hill Country Youth Chorus in San Marcos, Texas.
Dr. Brinckmeyer’s degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Kansas. In New Mexico she taught elementary music and middle school choir, then moved to higher education in the Pacific Northwest. At Texas State University Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education. She serves as Associate Director for the School of Music, Coordinator for Music Education, and directs the Texas State Women’s Choir. Each summer Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches classes for Will Schmid’s World Music Drumming workshops. She has conducted all state choirs and honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-nine states in the United States and sixteen different countries, including China, Brazil, South Africa and Cuba.

Joey Martin, Director of Choral Activities

Joey Martin headshotDegrees:
      Southwestern Oklahoma State University
BM Music Education
      MM Choral Education
University of Texas, Austin
DMA Choral Conducting

Has been teaching at TxState since 1999

Contact Dr. Martin,

Joey M. Martin is a musician regarded for his diverse musical interests, engaging artistry, and passionate enthusiasm for the choral art.  He is professor of music at Texas State University where he serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communication and as the Director of Choral Activities teaching graduate courses in choral conducting, choral literature and rehearsal techniques.  Dr. Martin has been recognized as a Favorite Professor at Texas State as well as the School of Music Professor of Distinction both in Teaching and Service.  During his time at Texas State he has directed four of the six university choirs.  Choirs under his direction have appeared at the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the International Kodàly Festival, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Conference of ACDA.  During the summer of 2005 he traveled with Texas State Chorale giving concerts in Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg, and Prague.  In 2007 he returned to Europe with VocaLibre for a week of shared learning at the Slovakian National Conservatory in Bratislava.  Dr. Martin directed Texas State Chorale in concerts in 2009 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth) and throughout the Garden Route of South Africa.  Most recently, he conducted the Texas State Symphonic Choir during the 2015 Tour of China with concerts in Beijing and Shanghai.

In addition to his work at Texas State, Dr. Martin has served as the artistic director for the Alamo City Men’s Chorale and with Craig Hella Johnson and Michelle Schumann as part of the creative team for the Victoria Bach Festival.  His schedule is filled with engagements as guest conductor/clinician throughout the US, Europe, South Africa, and England.  Recent engagements include conducting the Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Women’s Honor Choir, Conducting Professor for the Transient Glory Choral Symposium and Festival at NYU, conductor for Honor Choir USA in Honolulu, Hawai’i, director of the Texas Two Year College All-State Chorus, and guest conductor for the Kuesta Collegiate Choral Festival in South Africa.   He currently serves as the music director for historic First Protestant Church (New Braunfels, TX).  As a pianist, he also enjoys collaborating with vocal artists in recitals serving as coach/accompanist for such diverse artists are Jennie Olson, Maria Jette, Timothy Jones, Cheryl Parrish, and Juli Wood.

A ardent believer in the importance of service, Dr. Martin has served on several standing committees in the School of Music, College of Fine Arts and Communication, and for the university.  He served National ACDA as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Student Activities before assuming his current role as R&S Chair for College and University Choirs.

Dr. Martin received his DMA in choral conducting from the University of Texas-Austin where he studied conducting with Craig Hella Johnson, piano with Betty Mallard, and voice with Martha Deatheridge.  He received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal/Choral) from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he studied voice with Dr. Charles Chapman and piano with Dr. James Breckenridge.  He is a recent graduate of the Harvard School of Education Management Development Program.

Graduate Assistants

Haley Steinberger, Voice

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Mezzo-soprano, Haley Steinberger, is a graduate student in Vocal Performance in the studio of Soon Cho. A native of Eugene, Oregon, she received her bachelors degree in Music Education from University of Oregon, where she served as Music Director of the nationally-acclaimed women's a cappella group, Divisi. In addition, she has guest directed numerous ensembles, given private lessons, and currently teaches an undergraduate course in vocal technique at Texas State. Ms. Steinberger has performed professionally at the Konzerthaus Berlin and was most recently seen on the opera stage in Texas State's productions of HMS Pinafore, Gianni Schicchi, Buoso's Ghost, and Speed Dating Tonight! Previous performances also include Commedia dell'Arte with University of Oregon Opera Theatre.
Graduates from TxState in 2016

Jennifer Dryer, Opera

Jennifer Dryer headshot Soprano, Jennifer Dryer, is pursuing her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Texas State University and studies with Ron Ulen.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where she studied with Heather Hawk.  She has sung in multiple master classes with world-renowned singers such as Linda Watson, Gabriele Lechner, Tom Jaber, William Stone, and Michael Eberhard.  Operatic performances include the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Madame Lidione in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Ching’s Buoso's Ghost, Brigitta in Iolanta and Josephine in HMS Pinafore.  A diverse performer, she has also performed principal roles in My Fair LadyThe Sound of Music, and The Boyfriend.  Aside from her performances in academia, she also recently spent time at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, she attended OperaWorks Winter Intensive Program in Los Angeles, and in 2014 and 2015 she participated in the Russian Opera Workshop.

Graduates from TxState in 2016.

Micah Parker, Opera

Micah Parker headshot Baritone, Micah Parker, from Bremerton, Washington, completed his Bachelor of Music studies in Vocal Performance at Central Washington University.  He is now working on his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance here at Texas State University.  During his time in school he performed such roles as Dandini in La Cenerentola, the four antagonists in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Grandpa Moss in The Tender Land, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, the title role of Gianni Schicchi, and Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore.  He has also played principal roles in Carousel and The King and I.  His solo work includes appearances with the Yakima, Wenatchee, and Bremerton Symphony Orchestras, and he participated as a soloist in the Concert Celebration of Alan Hovhaness's 100th birthday at Benaroya Hall. 

Outside of academia he performed the role of Colline in a joint production of 
La bohème produced by Vespertine Opera and Spielplatz Opera, and worked again with Vespertine Opera for their US premier of Britten's two-piano adaptation of Poulenc's first opera - Les Mamelles de Tirésias.  He regularly recitals throughout the Northwest and beyond, particularly enjoying work with younger generations; his penchant for outreach has led him to work with Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc., several community colleges, and numerous high schools in an effort to showcase opera as an art form.   His most recent engagements include co-directing Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience and performing the role of Escamillo in Carmen.  He currently studies voice with Oliver Worthington.

Graduates from TxState in 2017.

David Gailey, Choral

David Gailey was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. From there he went on to study music education at Western Michigan University, where he graduated from in 2010. The next five years found him as a music teacher in two different schools, including Traverse City West High School. At both places he taught mainly high school choir, but also taught classes such as pre-k music, theater, and sound production. He spent one of those years teaching middle school choir. His notable performances include: the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Awards Ceremony with World Chamber Choir, South Asian tour with the Time Ensemble, 2002 ACDA Regional Convention in Chicago, the 2005 ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles, and the Seraphic Fire/Western Michigan University Mexico tour for the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. Among the countries he has toured singing include: South Africa, Venezuela, Thailand, Cyprus, Estonia, and more. David currently is a first year Master of Music: Choral Conducting student at Texas State University. 

Assistant conductor, Texas State Chorale

Graduates from TxState in 2017.

Emily Gunter, Choral

Emily Gunter is a native Texan and became involved in music at the age of eleven. Since then she has been in many choral ensembles.  She recently graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University with a BA in Music Studies and is a certified teacher.  She is a member of TMEA, ACDA and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. She is currently a choral intern for San Marcos High school and is the assistant conductor for the Women's Choir at TxState.

Graduates from TxState in 2017.

Stephanie Reyes, Choral

Stephanie Reyes Stephanie Reyes is a Choral Conducting graduate student and member of the Texas State University Chorale. She received her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance, and continues to study voice under the direction of Brigitte Bellini-Mungo. Stephanie holds a choral scholar position at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, has conducted at the 2015 TCDA convention in San Antonio, and has served as the Associate Director of University Singers. Aside from conducting, she has been active in opera, playing the roles of Mrs. Olsen in Street Scene, the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Madame Laminoche in Angélique, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, and the Old Prioress in Dialogues of The Carmelites.

Graduates from TxState in 2016.

Kerra Simmons, Choral

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Kerra Simmons earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida in Vocal Performance with a Choral Conducting cognate and is currently continuing her education at Texas State University for an MM in Choral Conducting under the mentorship of Dr. Joey Martin. Currently, she is rotating each semester as Assistant Conductor for every ensemble at Texas State while also holding the position as Assistant Conductor of the Junior Chorus at Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. Ms. Simmons has been involved with choral music since junior high and has sung in multiple Florida All-State Honor Choruses, the 2010 ACDA Southern Division Honor Choir, and most recently, the 2014 ACDA Southern Division Collegiate Honor Choir with world-renowned conductor, Simon Halsey. Her experiences as a solo singer include opera roles in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and La bohème, as well as multiple honors within the divisional competitions of North Florida’s chapter of NATS. Ms. Simmons began to pursue conducting in her undergraduate under the mentorship of Dr. Cara Tasher. During her stay at UNF, she was highly involved in Choral Leadership and was Assistant Conductor to the UNF Chorale, UNF Chamber Singers, and UNF Women’s Chorus. Ms. Simmons’ goal in her teaching is to not only inspire the singers to produce a beautiful sound but to also encourage them to connect to their music and therefore connect to their audience. Her favorite pieces to conduct and teach are those of the non-Western tradition and her current research includes an extensive study into Australian Choral Music and its influences from Aboriginal culture. Ms. Simmons plans to pursue a DMA in Choral Conducting and work closely with scholars of ethnomusicology to broaden her knowledge of the non-Western traditions of Choral Music. Through this, Ms. Simmons hopes to teach at university level and build a choral ensemble that travels extensively singing music of other cultures and performing service projects to build community and enhance music education.
Graduates from TxState in 2017.

Curricula Vitae and Course Evaluations

To see certain music department faculty CV's, what they teach, and their course reviews/syllibi, click here for the TxState HB2504 Web Site,  Note: not all courses or faculty are listed, only those necessitated to be compliant with HB2504.

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Margo Garrett - International Concert Series

International Concert Series - Pianist, Margo Garrett

In February of 2015, Margo Garrett performed masterclasses with Texas State University piano and voice students, and then the voice faculty performed a concert with her. She hails from The Juilliard School, and her bio can be found here.

We make every effort at Texas State University to provide a rounded education to our students, including master classes, faculty recitals, and guest lecture series - particularly with masters working in the field who can give a hands-on experience and real-world education.

In October of 2015, Maria Kanyova did a masterclass with the vocalists, and then in November David DQ Lee visted our campus for several days and worked with many students one-on-one in lessons and coachings.