The Advisory Board advises the BAC on matters related to the Mission and Goals of the choir and participates in projects which the BAC may undertake in support of its Mission and Goals. Advisory Board members are divided into two focus areas: Educational Outreach and Artistic Development, and Arts in the Community.
ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY
Priscilla Ennis came to the Bay Area when her husband Bob came to work on the Space Shuttle. Ennis received her BA degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Her career in real estate has spanned more than 35 years. In recent years she has consistently been the top producing agent with Re/Max Space Center. A church choir member for 33 years, Ennis has been involved with Clear Lake Pan Hellenic and the Clear Lake Symphony League. She loves music and is very happy supporting the BAC, in fact, Ennis has donated $1000 each year toward a BAC scholarship for a deserving high school senior planning to study music.
Dr. David R. Gordon D.D.S
Dr. Gordon has been practicing dentistry in the Clear Lake area since 1990. While Dr. Gordon performs a wide array of dental procedures, his focus is primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Gordon received dual bachelor degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans and, after conducting research in cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine here in Houston, went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery from The University of Texas Health Science Center Dental Branch in San Antonio, where he conducted research on an assortment of biomaterials used in dentistry today. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the Greater Houston Dental Society. He is also a member and past president of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.
A former Mayor Pro-Tem for the city of Nassau Bay, Bette Johnson served on Council for eight years. She also ran on the Nassau Bay ambulance for 25 years, serving as medical chief for seven of those years. She received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Houston Clear Lake before Bette starting teaching at McWhirter Professional Development Lab School in Webster. She was a Master Reading Teacher when she retired after 23 years in CCISD. St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Nassau Bay is where Bette spends most of her time volunteering since retiring. Bette sang in her High School Choral Group. It is where she met her husband Don when they performed in the musical, Brigadoon, together. That is reason that Bay Area Chorus is so dear to her heart.
Ralph Parr is a lifelong resident of the Bay Area and he and his wife Claudia are long time patrons of the arts here. After 40+ years of service to the Clear Creek ISD, serving as a teacher, administrator and board member, Ralph retired from the District officially in 2009. Now he enjoys reading and traveling and visiting Ralph Parr Elementary School in League City where he reads to the children from his own easy chair in the Library. He was an organizing member and first president of the Clear Creek Country Theatre where he often directed and acted. A strong advocate of choral music, Ralph was instrumental in the movement that made CCISD a leader in the state for dynamic and award winning high school choirs. Claudia Parr and the Parr’s son, Richard, are leading residential realtors in the Clear Creek area. The Parrs enjoy frequent visits to New York City to attend plays and musicals. Recently, Ralph Parr was honored to be selected as one of the 50 most influential citizens of the entire area by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce.
A retired computer professional, Dan Patterson now volunteers in the Literacy Lab at Falcon Pass Elementary and likes working there very much. He moved to Clear Lake from Philadelphia in 1999 and loves living in Houston. He has had a life-long interest in music, particularly in opera and vocal music, and is an ardent supporter of the Arts. His life in recent years has centered around helping to raise his beloved great-grandnieces Taylor and Vicky, who are both very musical. Currently, Dan is serving his third year on the BAC Board of Directors representing the Advisory Board and in charge of Tickets.
Pat Swartley is a long time supporter of the Clear Lake Symphony and the Bay Area Chorus. She has assisted the Clear Lake Symphony with PR and fund raising for over 25 years and now brings that experience to BAC as a member of the Advisory Board. A former band director, Pat has played and taught clarinet most of her adult life and is presently teaching clarinet for CCISD.
Music has always been a huge part of Brian Worrell’s life. He sings in addition to playing trumpet, guitar, classical guitar, and piano — he says he doesn’t play any of them well. His love for music has been passed to his two children, ages six and three, who love to sing and dance around the house while banging anything that remotely resembles an instrument. Brian’s other hobbies include playing pickelball, kayaking, and traveling. He and his wife recently began a mission to visit all of the National Parks as well as all seven continents. He is hoping to live past 100 in order to fit all of it in. Brian became a fan and supporter of BAC after watching several of his friends perform in the chorus. In addition, Brian works as a REALTOR with Prudential Gary Greene and also helped to redesign the BAC website.
EDUCATION OUTREACH & ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT
Carol Barwick sang with the Bay Area Chorus for 15 years and was one of the founders of the Bay Area Youth Singers with the support of the Bay Area Chorus. The Bay Area Youth Singers began rehearsals and performances in the spring of 2008. Carol serves as the executive director of this music education organization. She is also the founder and director of the Summer Music Camp for elementary and middle school students, co-sponsored by the BAYS and BAC, With more than 30 years of public school music teaching, 25 years of piano teaching, and 40 years directing and accompanying church choirs, Carol’s life has been enriched by her music experiences. Her second career began 10 years ago as she and her two sons built a small manufacturing and wholesale distribution company, B & B Pipe and Industrial Tools, LLC.
Linda Fletcher is the Director of Fine Arts for the Pasadena Independent School District. She has devoted 40 years to music education, teaching elementary music and intermediate and high school choral music. Linda received her Bachelor of Music Education with vocal emphasis from Sam Houston State University. She earned the Master of Science in Education Administration degree from the University of Houston/Clear Lake. Linda is an advocate for the arts in education and in all aspects of life.
Sam Harris is in his thirtieth year of public education as Director of Academic Enrichment and Fine Arts for the Galena Park Independent School District. Prior to assuming this position in 2000 he spent fifteen years as the choral director at North Shore High School. Sam received his Bachelor of Music degree and his Master of Music degree from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University), in San Marcos, Texas. Under his leadership the North Shore High School Choral program grew from thirty-five students to more than five hundred and twenty-five students winning multiple Sweepstakes each year at UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest as well as trophies at regional and nation music competitions. In 1994 the North Shore Chorale was named “Grand Champion of Texas” in the American Classic Music Festivals and performed as a state honor choir at the 1996 Texas Music Educator Association State Convention. Mr. Harris brought this same commitment to excellence to his tenure as Director of Fine Arts as he supervises a 120 member staff in music, art, theater and dance and a budget just shy of one million dollars for the Arts education of 22,000 students. Even though every school in GPISD is a Title I campus with a population that is 70 percent economically disadvantaged and 78 percent Hispanic, GPISD Fine Arts organizations consistently out perform their more affluent suburban peers at UIL competitions. “The Arts are for everyone, not just those with the economic means to achieve according to conventional wisdom.” Mr. Harris is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Art Educators Association, and the Texas Music Administrators Conference where he serving as their president in 2013.
Deborah Kidwell served public music education for 35 years. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Education degrees from the University of Houston. She taught all levels of orchestra in Goose Creek CISD(Baytown) and Clear Creek ISD, and served as the Director of Visual and Performing Arts for Clear Creek prior to her retirement in 2007. Her orchestras won outstanding awards at UIL contest and in festivals in Dallas, Galveston, New Orleans, San Antonio and San Francisco. The Texas Art Education Association awarded Deborah their Educator of the Year for Administration/Supervision for 2007. Deborah is a past president of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association. She serves as a UIL Orchestra judge throughout the state and has served as a Region Orchestra clinician and also a consultant for school districts. She is an active church musician as a violinist and handbell player and directs an adult recorder group at her home church. Deborah is married to James Kidwell, also a retired orchestra director, and they have three married children and seven grandchildren. Deborah believes that the Bay Area Chorus is a vital and important part of the Bay Area community and wishes to support and promote the chorus in any way she can.
James Kidwell, a former public school orchestra director retired in 2004 after a total of 35 years in public music education at Clear Lake High School and other schools in Clear Creek ISD, Lubbock ISD and Carollton-Farmers Branch ISD. James is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University (BA, Ed) and Texas Tech University (MME). In 2000, James was Space Center Rotary nominee from CLHS for the CCISD Secondary Teacher of the year. While at CLHS, his orchestras received many awards, including being named the TMEA High School Full Honor Orchestra in 1990-91. James was Associate Conductor for several years for the Clear Lake Symphony. Mr. Kidwell has been Orchestra Vice-President of Texas Music Educators Association, served as President of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, and received that organization’s Orchestra Director of the Year Award in 2008. James is an active UIL and festival judge across the state and clinics orchestras throughout the Houston area.
Mr. Kidwell is active in the music program at Webster Presbyterian Church, playing in string ensembles, the recorder consort, and small hand bell ensemble. He has been the director of the adult hand bell choir for the last 23 years. James is married to Deborah Kidwell, and has three married children, Chris, Kristina, and Kathryn. They also have seven grandchildren.
Dean Muths has been the Director of Visual and Performing Arts for the Clear Creek Independent School District for the past seven years. He has lived in the Clear Lake area since 1964 and is a product of Clear Creek ISD having graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1975. He received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Sam Houston State University, his Master’s in Music Education from University of Houston Central Campus and his Master’s degree in Mid-Management from University of Houston/Clear Lake. Mr. Muths began his teaching career as a band director at Clear Lake Intermediate in 1980. In 1991, he became assistant principal at Space Center Intermediate before returning to Clear Lake Intermediate as principal in 2002. In his present position since 2007, he oversees all choir, band, orchestra, theatre, art and dance programs for CCISD.
Gary Vincent Navy
Gary Vincent Navy is a graduate of the College of the Mainland and earned a B.M. from Texas A&M in Commerce, formerly known as East Texas State University. He debuted with Houston Grand Opera in Jonathan Wade in 1991. He is a guest cantor/soloist in churches/synagogues throughout the Galveston-Houston area and has also appeared in theater productions throughout the greater Houston area. Mr. Navy is a former music educator with Galveston, Pasadena, and Dickinson Independent School Districts. He has performed with Opera in the Heights, Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Bay Area Chorus, Houston Masterworks Chorus and the Galveston Symphony. Gary currently performs with the HGO Chorus, the Galveston Heritage Chorale, Barbara Tucker’s A Chosen Few and is Coordinator of Liturgical Music at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Humble.
Past President, Texas Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Southwestern Division. Since retiring in 2004 after 39 years of teaching secondary choral music, she supervises UH and SHSU student teachers and is an educational consultant for American Classic Music Festivals, the Houston Chamber Choir and multiple school districts. She is an advisory board member for Vox: the Rob Seible Singers and Houston Boychoir and was a staff member for the Bay Area Chorus from 2004-2012. South Houston High School choirs under her direction performed for conferences presented at the state, regional and national levesl for TMEA, ACDA, and the Music Educator’s National Conference. A founding partner of Alliance Music Publications, Ms. Schott’s other publications include two state-adopted music textbooks, music sight reading books and DVD’s featuring conductors Paul Salamunovich, Weston Noble, Sandra Snow and Charlene Archibeque. Awards include the Houston Symphony School Bell Award for Lifetime Achievement, Pasadena ISD High School Teacher of the Year, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Alumni Hall of Fame, the South Houston High School Honored Faculty and Staff Hall of Honor, the TCDA Choral Excellence Award and the BAC Distinctive Service to the Arts Award. She is a member of Who’s Who in America.
Those who study,perform and enjoy choral music form a very special community!
A. Jan Taylor
A. Jan Taylor, educator, pianist, singer and choral conductor, is Director of Choral Music Activities at Prairie View A&M University. A native of Houston, Texas, she received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Houston, the Master of Arts degree from Prairie View A&M University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Houston. Prior to her appointment at Prairie View, Taylor taught general music, piano, and trained choirs in elementary, middle, and high schools in the Houston Independent School District. She has served as adjudicator and choral clinician for numerous choral competitions, festivals, and regional choirs across the state of Texas. As an authority on the African-American spiritual, Taylor frequently lectures on the performance practices and preservation of the genre.
She is the founding director of Intermezzo, a professional vocal chamber ensemble, and has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a singer with such premier professional choral ensembles as the Houston Chamber Choir and the Houston Chorale. As Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony Chorus from 2003 until 2006, she assisted in preparing the chorus for world-class conductors in performances of such choral-orchestral works as Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, the Verdi Requiem, and Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony. She has prepared choruses and collaborated with such renowned conductors and composers as Barbara Baker, Roland Carter, Nathan Carter, Moses Hogan, and Adolphus Hailstork. For the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, she coaches and accompanies singers, and conducts the Guild’s Chorus in performances of spirituals, African-American concert music, and operatic works. Dr. Taylor has conducted the “105 Voices of History” HBCU National Choir in performances at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Under Dr. Taylor’s direction, the Prairie View A&M University Concert Chorale and PV Chamber Singers have performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad, including performances at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, a prestigious music festival for choirs and orchestras in Poland. Her choirs have performed with the Houston Symphony, the Acadian Symphony, and have collaborated with several professional and community choruses in the Greater Houston area. Taylor is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Chorus, and holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota, a music fraternity for women.