Christin Reinartz- Maroon Soprano Section Leader
Prior to taking the Head Choir Director position at Obra D. Tompkins High School, Christin Reinartz taught for three years as the Assistant Choir Director at Seven Lakes High School in Katy. In her first year of public school teaching, she was selected as the First Year Teacher of the Year at Seven Lakes. Previously, she served for five years as the music minister, pianist, and choir director at Grace Memorial Church in New Braunfels, Texas. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She continued her study, under the tutelage of Dr. Joey Martin, receiving her Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting in 2010. During her graduate studies, Christin had the distinct privilege of directing Texas State’s elite vocal jazz ensemble, VocaLibre.
While at Texas State, Christin was the proud recipient of the Reed B. Parr and Lucille Aikin Patterson music scholarships, as well as the Theresa Gordon Opera Scholarship, Gregory Grimes and Woods-Kone Endowed Scholarships; all of which were awarded upon various academic, merit, and performance-based elements. In her last year she was selected by faculty vote to receive the esteemed Presser Foundation Scholarship, considering academic standing, leadership, and extracurricular activities.
Christin shares both a love of teaching and stage performance. She is a member of Cantare Houston and has recently been featured as the soloist for Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night and Luminous Night of the Soul which has been released to CD. She performed several roles with the Texas State Opera including, Cunegonde in Candide, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites. She also sang two seasons with the San Antonio Chamber Choir under the direction of Scott MacPherson. From 2006-2008, Christin performed with the Southwest ACDA Honor Choir. In addition Christin was selected by audition to perform in the debut concert of the Southwest ACDA Collegiate Honor Chamber Choir in 2009. Behind the baton, Christin has served as an undergraduate Reading Session Conductor for the Texas Choral Director’s Association convention in 2006, as well as for the Southwest American Choral Director’s Association convention in 2008. She also received an Honorable Mention in the American Choral Director’s Association Graduate Conducting Competition in 2009.
Aside from music Christin loves to dance! She is a member of the D’Amico Dance studio and trains as a dance competitor in both the Country Western and West Coast Swing circuits. Last dance season she won 1stplace Overall Champion in her divisions at the Texas Classic, New Orleans Dance Mardi Gras, Lonestar Invitational, and at New Mexico Dance Fiesta! In addition, Christin competed for the first time at the UCWDC World’s Competition and placed 2nd overall in her division. She also enjoys being active outdoors, playing board games with friends, and laughing…even if it is at her own jokes!
Dawn Sheridan-Reinhuber - Maroon Alto Section Leader
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Christopher Fiorini- Maroon Tenor Section Leader
Christopher Fiorini is in his 10th year of teaching, all of which have been at Langham Creek High School in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. While at Langham Creek, Christopher has brought the choirs to numerous Sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest and has encouraged numerous students to pursue careers in music. Under the direction of Mr. Fiorini, the LCHS Chamber Singers have placed in the top 3 at the prestigious American Classics Madrigal Festival in San Antonio. In 2014, Mr. Fiorini was named as the Spotlight Teacher for Langham Creek High School, a recognition that he is particularly honored by. Choir under Mr. Fiorini’s direction have been asked to sing at invitational concerts at the University of Houston and Sam Houston State University. In 2016 Mr. Fiorini’s A Cappella Choir sang as an invited choir at the TMEA annual convention and in the Fall they were invited to sing with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Aside from his work at Langham Creek, Fiorini also serves as the Vocal Region Chair for Region 27.
Originally from the small town of Palacios, TX, Fiorini has been a lifelong choral musician. While in high school, Fiorini was a member of the Texas All-State Choir, as well as a member of the TMEA Honor Choir from Palacios under the direction of Michael Petrisky. He attended the University of Houston where he was a member of the Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Betsy Cook Weber. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2007. While at the University of Houston, Fiorini performed with the Concert Chorale twice at TMEA and at the national ACDA Convention in Miami in 2007.
Mr. Fiorini remains active as a singer, clinician, and adjudicator in the greater Houston area. He regularly judges UIL Contests and also gets invited to clinic choirs both at area schools and as a clinician for TMEA at the All-Region level for high schools and middle schools. Fiorini is also quite active with TMEA, helping out wherever needed from working on the facilities team to being a tenor section leader for the 2010 All-State Men’s Choir and the 2012 All-State Mixed Choir. Mr. Fiorini is married to the love of his life Rachel and they have one cat named Daisy and a beta fish named Smaug (yes, he was named after the villain in the Hobbit).
Michael Feris- Maroon Bass Section Leader
Michael Feris began singing at Kingwood HS under the direction of Keith Dixon. He received his Bachelors in Music Education from Texas Tech University where he sang under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Davis and Dr. John Dickson. Michael completed his student teaching with Denise Eaton at Spring HS and then taught 5 years at Twin Creeks MS feeding into Spring. After teaching for 2 years at Clements HS as the assistant choir director, Michael was hired to be the head director at Vandegrift HS in Leander ISD. This is Michael's sixth year as the head director of the choir program at VHS. Under his direction, the Varsity Women’s Choir at Vandegrift HS sang at SWACDA and TMEA in 2016. Michael recently earned a Master’s in Administration from Concordia University.
Pauline Sexton- Gold Alto Section Leader
Pauline Sexton is the Head Choir Director at Robert Vela High School in Edinburg, Texas. She is completing her 23rd year of teaching in the Rio Grande Valley and has had great teaching and choir directing experiences at all levels, grades K-12. Her Choirs at RVHS are consistent Sweepstakes winners and this year there were seven RVHS students placed in the Texas All-State Choirs. This year she was honored to be the Soprano Section Leader for the Texas All-State Mixed Choir. Mrs. Sexton is also an active member in both TMEA and TCDA and currently serves as the TMEA Vocal Division Chairman for Region XV. She is thrilled to be the Alto Section Leader for the Gold Camp.
David Short- Gold Tenor Section Leader
David Short is in his first year as Head Choir Director at Judson High School in Converse, Texas, where he previously served as Assistant Choir Director for five years. He holds his Bachelors of Music and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Trinity University. David has sung professionally with the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Illumen A Chorus of Men, the San Antonio Opera Chorus, and served as section leader and soloist for San Antonio area church choirs. When he is not singing or teaching, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Chelsea, and their dog, Loki.”
Jeremiah Drake- Gold Bass Section Leader
Jeremiah Drake, baritone. Professional operatic roles have included Pish Tush from Mikado, Fiorello from Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cascada in The Merry Widow, and Marchese d'Obigny in La Traviata, all with the Lyric Opera of San Antonio; both Balthazar and Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in McAllen and with Texas Opera Company. Additionally, Drake performed the Sergeant in Austin Lyric Opera’s Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk. His college resumé includes the roles of Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Pish Tush in Mikado, and Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, during his undergraduate degree at UTSA. He graduated from UTSA in 2002 with a dual degree in music performance and education, and in 2008 with a master’s degree in vocal performance from Texas State University. Further roles include Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte at Texas State. In 2000, Jeremiah won the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Men’s Division National Competition. He was a guest artist at the national convention in Atlanta. Currently, Jeremiah is the head choir director at Driscoll Middle School and Colonial Hills United Methodist Church in San Antonio and appreciates the support from his lovely wife, Lily and children, Leah and Javier.