Middle School Vice President Candidates

Jennie Crawford is in her 19th year of teaching, all of which have been at Smithfield Middle School. During her tenure at Smithfield, the SMS choirs have consistently received Sweepstakes awards at UIL and had much success at various choral festivals. In 2007, Jennie was honored as the first recipient of the TCDA Distinguished Young Director Award. She has served as the Region 5 and Region 31 Middle School Vocal Coordinator. Jennie served on the Texas PML Committee from 2016-2020 and was the committee chair. She is an active adjudicator/ clinician throughout the state. Under her direction, Smithfield Choirs have performed at the 2006, 2009, 2016, and 2020 TMEA conventions. This year, the Raider Chorale will be performing at the 2021 National ACDA conference. 

Jennie pursued her education at Texas Woman’s University. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts- Music Education degree in December 2001. Her professional affiliations include TMEA, ACDA, TCDA, and TMAA.

If Elected: 
I will be excited and honored to serve TCDA and its members. I always left TCDA conventions feeling well equipped to start the new school year and provide my students with an excellent opportunity to learn and grow as musicians. TCDA has played such an instrumental part in shaping me into the teacher I am today. From inspirational workshops, reading sessions, and networking, TCDA has provided me with many tools to be a successful choir director. If I am elected, I will devote my time to serving this amazing organization. I look forward to exploring new ways to provide relevant and meaningful resources for new and veteran teachers. Now is the time to inspire, encourage, nurture, and guide our new teachers in the field that we all love so much. I will work with the board to create an enriching convention and provide solutions to the challenges we may face. I would love to serve the membership of TCDA as the MS/JH Vice President.

Audrey De la Cruz is the Head Choir Director of Bush MS in San Antonio, TX.  After earning first chair as an Alto 1 All-Stater and graduating fourth out of 500 in her class at Rowe HS, she was awarded the Mitte Scholarship to pursue Music Education at Texas State University.  Audrey served in statewide leadership with CTME, was awarded the Presidential Fine Arts Scholarship, and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Mrs. “DLC” continues to grow and cultivate a choir program full of joy and community that she inherited from her mentor, Dianna Jarvis.  Audrey has served as Region Chair and UIL Sightreading committee member; and currently serves as the Texas State Choir Camp Executive Administrator, TMAA Adjudicator, Region Clinician, San Antonio Chamber Choir singer, and children’s choir director and section leader at First Protestant Church-New Braunfels.

If Elected:
I am humbled to be nominated as MS VP alongside a few of my professional role models.  TCDA has been my favorite place to get together with my amazing colleagues from across the state to discuss and learn about my craft. I am passionate about opening up the world for my budding and inquisitive students and hearing from teachers who share this passion.  If elected, I would like to sharpen our focus towards even greater diversity, inclusion, and global music exposure, so that all of our students (and directors!) feel celebrated and represented.  If elected, I promise to serve in every capable capacity to ensure that TCDA continues to be a wonderful organization that focuses on providing relevant resources, inspiring opportunities, and, most importantly, meaningful connections with all those that have been called to be choral directors.

Diversity Focus: I would like to continue and expand the vital and valuable roundtable conversations with our fellow colleagues to make our choral community more inclusive and equitable. We must continue to advocate for equality and representation in topics, clinicians, and music. I would be most honored with the task of choosing clinicians and creative music-making opportunities that exemplify these efforts.

Global Outlook:  Learning and teaching world music is a great joy in my life. I hope to discover ways to bring world music to middle school teachers and students through innovative clinics, teacher discussions, repertoire selections, and performances by our honor choirs. I believe that exposing our students to world music allows them to flourish with stronger awareness, empathy, and musicianship.

Tommie Trinh has been the head choir director at First Colony Middle School in Fort Bend ISD since 2016. Under his leadership, the program grew enough to warrant a second director, has experienced more consistent membership, and now has an enrollment of over 250 students in seven different ensembles.
A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Houston, Tommie was the recipient of the Betsy and Frederic Weber Scholarship, Hirsch Memorial Scholarship, Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts Scholarship, and the Academic Excellence Scholarship. He performed with the Moores School Concert Chorale at the 2013 TMEA Convention and the 2015 Interkultur Grand Prix of Nations in Magdeburg, Germany, under the direction of Betsy Weber. Tommie serves as a mentor teacher for new middle school directors in the district and consistently serves on committees at the district and region levels. Tommie’s choirs consistently earn sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest.

If Elected: My passion for our field and the successes I have experienced would not be possible without TCDA and its members being present in my life. I am shocked, humbled, and so very honored to receive a nomination at such an early stage in my career, and I am fired up to offer my unique perspective to the world of MS/JH choral education. I believe that I will be a great candidate for this position because of my creative passion, grit, and undying desire to learn and grow in any position I may find myself.
My number one passion is helping people. If elected, I will do everything in my power to provide opportunities for pedagogical growth, meaningful networking with colleagues across the state, and mountaintop experiences for our students. I believe our strength as an organization comes from the directors we serve—I may not have the solution to every challenge we face, but there are others who will, and I want to provide the experience for them to make their voices heard and help strengthen our organization. TCDA has helped me grow as a teacher, musician, and human, and I want that experience for every director I can reach.