Meet Grace Eun Cho
Grace Eun Cho, was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea as a daughter of Presbyterian pastor. Her musical journey started as a church pianist at age 11. Since then, it has been her privilege that she has accompanied and directed church choirs throughout her life.
Ms. Cho is currently in her second year of pursuing her Master of Music degree in choral conducting at Texas State University. She holds degrees from the Anyang University, South Korea, BM in Violin Performance. Also, she attained her master degree from Korea National University of Arts, Seoul, Korea, in Choral Conducting.
Ms. Cho directed the Avenete Choir in Yonsei University for two years. She also taught and accompanied the elementary school choir for two years in Korea. She is currently serving her second year as the accompanist for the Hill Country Youth Chorus.
Meet Miguel Zuniga
Miguel Zuniga is a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Brownsville where he received his Bachelors in Music Education with honors. He is currently a Teaching Assistant for Conducting at Texas State University where he is pursuing his Masters in Choral Conducting studying under Dr. Jonathan Babcock, Dr. Joey Martin, and Dr. Craig Hella Johnson. Miguel has presented at the New York State School of Music convention in 2016, selected as a student conductor at the Texas Choral Directors Association convention in 2015, winner of the conducting portion of the Concerto/Aria competition at UT Brownsville in 2014, and has placed 1st, 3rd, and 4th in the South Texas National Association of Teachers who sing competition. Currently, he is the Choir Director at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian church in Austin, Texas and Prelude director for the Hill Country Youth Chorus in San Marcos.
Meet Nathan Nagir
Nathan Nagir is a native of the twin isles Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. Currently, he is pursuing his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Texas State University, under the instruction of Dr. Jonathan Babcock, Dr. Joey M. Martin and Dr. Craig Hella Johnson. He has served as Assistant Director to the Men’s Choir, Associate Director to University Singers, instructor to the Lab Choir and special assistant to the International Texas State University and Conspirare Choral Conducting Symposium. In the Spring of 2018 he is the Assistant Director to Men’s Choir, performs with Texas State Chorale and is the Graduate Instructional Assistant to the Choral Conducting II class. Off-campus, Nagir works part-time as the Choir Director at the United Methodist Church in Buda.
Mr. Nagir is in demand as a conductor, accompanist, vocalist and educator throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Having worked with several children, youth and adult ensembles, he has led many of them to success in competitions throughout the nation. He has worked with many primary and secondary schools, accompanied and directed the St. Augustine Girls’ High School choir and formed the student - staff/faculty choir at Hillview College. He served as the National Music Director and Conductor for the 2012 Convention for Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago. His personal choir – Harmonies Aloud – has performed several times at the Diplomatic Centre and Office of the Prime Minister.
In addition to have completed various levels in Piano performance and Music Theory with Trinity College London, Nathan Nagir holds a Certificate in Music in Steel Pan and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with honours from the University of the West Indies. Mr. Nagir is also a recipient of the Good Neighbor Scholarship for 2017-2018.
Meet Matthew Stephens
Matthew Stephens, a junior high and church choral director from Springfield, Missouri came to Texas State August 2017. Stephens holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Missouri State University and a Master’s in Educational Administration from William Wood’s University. He is a certified teacher in Elementary Education, Middle School and High School English, and K-12 Music, and is a recipient of Teacher of the Year.
Stephens’ junior high choir earned district and state recognition with an invitation to sing at MMEA. They also sang for the Missouri Principal’s Annual Conference as well as the Missouri State Capitol on a Christmas Tour. The choir was known locally for its vast choral repertoire, musicality, and consistent positive character awards.
His passion for choir drives Stephens to pursue his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Texas State to eventually offer Choir Festivals across the country to homeschool students who do not have the opportunity to participate in choirs.
Stephens is a life longer singer and “by ear” pianist serving in churches as pianist, worship leader, and Gospel and Worship Choir director. Stephens and his wife, Jenny, have three children ages 21, 18, and 15.