Nyadia Thorpe – Director of Music

Nyadia Thorpe is the Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Navarro College in Corsicana, TX. She conducts the College Chorale, Collegiate Chamber Singers, and the Sound Company Show Choir. She also maintains a voice studio and teaches Sight Singing classes. She is active in her church as the Music Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Duncanville where she also conducts the Duncanville Community Chorus. The DCC has been awarded the experience of performing in Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Choirs International New York in 2018.

Recently, Mrs. Thorpe was the Choral Music Director at Howard Junior High in Waxahachie ISD and served the Region 20 Middle School Vocal Division of the Texas Music Educators Association as the Middle School Vocal DIvision Coordinator and Chairperson for the middle school choral events, including UIL and Solo and Ensemble contests. In Waxahachie ISD, Mrs. Thorpe co-conducted the One Voice District Honor Choir and Musical Theatre class. Mrs. Thorpe also served her campus as the Fine Arts Department Chair and participated on various committees.

Mrs. Thorpe began her musical studies as a student in Dallas ISD where she attended Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Her undergraduate studies took place at the University of Texas at Arlington where she studied voice, opera workshop, and traveled to parts of Europe performing with the Chamber Chorus. During the trip to Europe, Mrs. Thorpe sang the Alto solo in the Mozart Requiem. After a few years of working in Dallas ISD, she began her studies for a Masters Degree in Music Education at Southern Methodist University. She worked very closely with her professors and earned several hours in private choral conducting with Dr. Pamela Elrod-Huffman. Most recently, Mrs. Thorpe completed her studies in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification in July of 2017 from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Mrs. Thorpe enjoys working with singers and musicians of all ages. She has taught students in Dallas ISD, Duncanville ISD, Midlothian, ISD, and Waxahachie ISD. Her choirs have earned Sweepstake awards at UIL events and First Division Ratings and awards at contests and festivals each year. In the community, Mrs. Thorpe has founded Inspire Singing, an organization for promoting the fine and performing arts in the community where she lives. Mrs. Thorpe is a member of TMEA and ACDA. She thoroughly enjoys choral conducting, adjudicating, and clinicing choirs. Most of all she loves her family and values the time away from the podium that she is able to spend with her husband and sons.