THANK YOU FOR COMING!
Thanks to the Steve Bayless Chamber Orchestra and Brittany Haywood, accompanist.
Thanks to Sopranos, Candice Maughaun, Chloe Bonner, Brenda Everett, and Carol Orwig.
We also thank Tenor, Dameron Growe and Baritones Brandon Johnson and Christion Draper.
Thanks to all who sang in the chorus. We appreciate how you have blessed Duncanville
with this performance.
Held at First Presbyterian Church, 543 E Freeman Street, Duncanville, TX
on December 17, 2017 6:00 pm
CHOIR DIRECTOR NYADIA THORPE
Nyadia Thorpe received her certificate in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from Stephen F. Austin State University. In 2012, she graduated from Southern Methodist University with her Master of Music Education where she pursued her interests further in choral conducting and best practices in rehearsal techniques. Her undergraduate studies took place at the University of Texas at Arlington where she graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor in Music Education degree. While at UTA, Nyadia performed as a member of the A Cappella chorus and the Chamber Chorus, traveled on tour with the Chamber Chorus in parts of Europe where she sang alto solos in Mozart’s Requiem, and performed in several Opera Workshop performances. She studied voice and choral conducting in the private studios of renowned conductors and vocal performers such as Pamela Elrod-Huffman, Jing Ling Tam, Samuel Savage and Pamela King. She is a proud graduate of Dallas ISD’s Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and W.E. Greiner MS for the Exploratory Arts Academy. It’s there under the direction of Ruth Millner and Mike Morton that she determined to become an educational leader.
Nyadia is passionate about education and uses music to encourage the growth and self-expression of her students vocally and socially. Through the study and performance of music of varying styles and languages, her students are challenged and they frequently experience great success because of the strategic approach to daily instruction found in her classroom. She has grown programs from 60 to 150 student, taken students to perform across the state of Texas, and consistently earns First Division Ratings, Awards, and Sweepstake Awards at UIL events, Region events and Festivals. She has taught at Dallas ISD’s HW Lang MS, Duncanville ISD’s Byrd MS, Midlothian ISD’s Frank Seale MS, and now serves as the Choral Music Director, Fine Arts Department Head, and co-directs the Musical Theatre Department at Waxahachie ISD’s Howard JH. She also Co-Directs the WISD 4th-6th grade Honor Choir “One Voice.”
In 2003, Nyadia worked with the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas and assisted Artistic Director, Cynthia Nott until 2012. Also in 2003, Nyadia began Music Ministry in a small Dallas church. She served the congregation for 10 years by leading worship, small group bible studies, and founded the young adult praise team and the children and youth band. In 2015, Nyadia received an opportunity to join the staff of First Presbyterian Church Duncanville as the Director of Worship. FPCD has experienced growth and memorable milestones which include bringing together several churches to create a community chorus that performed at Christmastime and during Holy Week. In the summer of 2015, she hosted a workshop at FPCD for children in the area. She founded Inspire Singing, a non-profit organization to help promote the musical and artistic expression of those in the community, in November of 2014.