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Dr. David Means

Dr. David Means

Dr. David Means is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, TX and the conductor of the Valley Symphony Chorale. He is also organist and music director at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg and recently founded Rio Grande Valley’s premier chamber choir, the Valley Choral Artists. Dr. Means came to south Texas from Austin where he was Head Choral Director of the Grammy Award winning Fine Arts Academy of Westwood High School in the Round Rock ISD. Means has also taught at the University of Southern California, Christopher Newport University, Hill College and has more than fifteen years’ experience teaching public school choirs in Texas and California.

Dr. Means earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in piano and voice from Howard Payne University (teachers included John Ratledge, Elem Ely, Linda Hibbs Dougherty, Alan Smith), a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Baylor University (teachers included Hugh Sanders, Robert Young, Karen Peeler, Joyce Farwell, Joyce Jones) and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California (teachers included William Dehning, James Vail, Morten Lauridsen, Bard Suverkrop, Hans Beer) where he was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Choral Student Award.

Means is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, having taught and performed across the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada and Japan. He is active throughout the Rio Grande Valley as guest conductor, adjudicator and workshop leader, and also regularly adjudicates TMEA and UIL events across the state. In July 2016 he will serve on the international jury of the Preveza International Choral Festival in Preveza, Greece. Also active as a baritone soloist, Dr. Means has sung as a featured singer with the internationally known Mark Morris Dance Group in two performances with the Virginia Waterfront Arts Festival, and has sung as a professional chorister with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Virginia Chorale and presently sings with the San Antonio Chamber Choir. Means has premiered works by Morten Lauridsen, Z. Randall Stroope, David Childs and John Rutter, and studied conducting in master-classes with Helmuth Rilling, Frieder Bernius, Robert Shaw and Paul Salamunovich. Means remains active as a conductor, singer and pianist, and has shared the stage with Quincy Jones, Liza Minneli and Michael Feinstein, and has performed for former president Ronald Reagan.