President-Elect Candidates

Dr. Randall Hooper, DMA is the Director of Choirs and Vocal Activities at TAMUC. He conducts the Tenor and Bass Chorus, Treble Chorus, Chamber Singers and Chorale and oversees the master’s program in choral conducting and teaches undergraduate conducting. Dr. Hooper earned degrees from Texas State University, Baylor University, and Louisiana State University. Prior to his position at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Hooper held similar positions at Tennessee Tech University, Georgia State University and taught high school choral music for eleven years in Texas. His choirs have performed in Carnegie Hall, at TMEA, SWACDA, TNMEA, GMEA, for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation Symposium in Liverpool and the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande in Brazil and toured Germany, Austria, England and France. Dr. Hooper served TCDA as the College and Community Choir Vice President. He is also currently serving Kavanaugh UMC in Greenville, TX as the music director.

If Elected: It has been exciting to watch TCDA evolve over the last decade. As any living thing, we must evolve and change to continue relevancy. If elected TCDA President-Elect, I propose that the board look for new facilities in San Antonio to host our convention. The rising cost of the convention center is making it difficult for our organization. Moving the convention to a downtown church or nearby University could greatly help TCDA return to a healthier financial stability and possibly save attendees money. I also believe that a venue shift would allow the convention to feel like it did before convention center renovations. I miss the days when our sessions were not so spread out in the vastness of the convention center. I miss the BBQ for the time to visit, have a beer, be insulted by a comedian and make TCDA memories. I commend the great work the board has done and continues to do to move our organization into the future and to meet the challenges that each year brings. I love this organization, the friendships, education, new music and lifelong memories it has brought me. It would be an honor to serve TCDA as your President-Elect.

 


 

Dr. Mark Rohwer is the Director of Choral Activities at Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas. Rohwer has been at FMHS since its opening in the fall of 1999. Rohwer holds degrees in music education from Northwestern University, the Eastman School of Music, and The Ohio State University.

Under Rohwer’s direction, Flower Mound High School choirs have received a variety of honors and awards, have performed at a number of state and national conventions, but most importantly have learned that heartfelt choral music can change the lives of both the performers and the listeners! Rohwer has been an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. His two children are both studying to be choral musicians (#GMG), with one student teaching in the Spring of 2022!

If Elected: These are tumultuous times; we are facing difficult questions without simple answers. What does it really mean to be a “Texas Choral Director”? How do we lovingly apply our passion for singing to our community? Are we willing to recreate our role to assure that we reach and advocate for everyone in Texas? What can we learn from generations of choral directors who have come before? How do we adjust to a world where technology has fundamentally changed what our association means? Can we plot a path forward, carefully and with intention, in a world defined by social media posts?

I have endeavored to teach high school students to sing for almost thirty years. While I don’t pretend to have all of the answers - sometimes, I’m not even sure what the questions are - I do understand the importance of both balancing the tradition we inherit and the importance of moving forward to make a stronger organization where no one feels disenfranchised. Everyone needs to feel represented in our organization. Everyone deserves an opportunity to be heard. And everyone has a stake in what kind of story we tell. Given the opportunity, I intend to facilitate that kind of organization.