Stephen Crawford, Instrumental Music Chair
Mr. Crawford is currently the Director of Concert Bands and the Wind & Percussion Program at HSPVA. Prior to this appointment, he taught middle school and high school band in central and north Texas. Mr. Crawford received his Bachelor of Music and teacher certification from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Pennsylvania State University. His trombone teachers have included Allen Barnhill, David Waters, and Donald Knaub. His primary conducting instructors have been Jerry Junkin and Dennis Glocke. Mr. Crawford’s professional memberships include the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
Shanta Childers received her Diploma in Higher Education, majoring in piano, while attending LaSalle College for the Arts in Singapore. At the University of Houston, she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Music Theory and also received her Masters in Music Theory from the same university. She taught at the University of Houston and was a music theory consultant at HSPVA prior to heading the department. For the past several years Mrs. Childers has taught at the Houston Piano Camp hosted by the University of St. Thomas and has also spent a summer teaching at the summer music camp at the Episcopal High School. She was recently invited to join the AP Leadership Team representing the AP Music Theory department for the Houston Independent School District. She has also been nominated twice by students for the 8th and 9th editions of Who’s Who among American’s Teachers.
William Hoffman was born and raised in Mission, Texas, where mariachi and the latino culture have always beenÂ a part of his life. He went on to earn a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at AustinÂ were he honed his trumpet skills in the Longhorn Marching Band, Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan, Wind Ensemble Â and Symphonic Band.
His teaching career stared in Laredo, Texas as an Assistant Band Director and Mariachi Director for two years beforeÂ moving to La Porte, Texas to be an Assistant Band Director for five years. Along the way, he has been a trumpetÂ player and singer in several mariachi groups around Texas including Mariachi Guadalupano in Mission, MariachiÂ Estrella in Austin and Mariachi Los Arrieros in Laredo. Mr. Hoffman currently performs with Mariachi Imperial deÂ America from Houston under the direction of Jose Longoria.
Mr. Hoffman currently lives in the Pasadena area with his wife Cristina (who is an orchestra director), their son JoeyÂ and their dog and cat.
Rodolfo Morales is currently the Director of Piano Studies at HSPVA, a position he has held since 2004. Mr. Morales is also Piano Department Head at the American Festival for the Arts Summer Conservatory. Mr. Morales received his Bachelor of Music (1996 – 2000) and Master of Music (2000 – 2002) degrees from The Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky.
In addition to his busy schedule as teacher and coach, Mr. Morales remains an active performer both as a soloist and as a chamber music player, having an especially close affinity for modern music. He was the Artistic Director for the Foundation for Modern Music for the 2004-05 concert series. He has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Woodlands Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and played at such prestigious venues as the Wortham Center, Stude Hall and Zilkha Hall in Houston, the Latin Center for the Arts in Dallas, the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, the Hall of the Army in Sarajevo Bosnia, and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard Theater in New York City.
He has been heard as soloist on National Public Radioâ€™s â€œPerformance Todayâ€ performing the music of Spanish composer Enrique Granados as well as being a frequent guest on Houstonâ€™s KUHFâ€™s â€œThe Front Rowâ€. Some of the awards he has been given include the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award from the American Festival for the Arts, a Robert McNair Foundation grant for performance studies, and the Isabel Scionti Award at the Isabel Scionti International Piano Competition.
In 2010, Mr. Morales was awarded the Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award by the Texas Music Teacherâ€™s Association. Currently Mr. Morales is President of the Houston Music Teachers Association. His other teachers include the late pianist/composer Robert Avalon, Natalie Matovinovic, and Viktoria Mushkatkol. He attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Interlochen Arts Academy from where he graduated with academic and music honors.
Conductor and Music Educator Brad Smith serves as Conductor of the HSPVA Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. He also coordinates the Strings Division, Chamber Music Ensembles and teaches Conducting. Dr. Smith has taught and conducted musicians of all ages. Before he and his family returned to Texas in 2014, Smith taught and conducted at the University of Pennsylvania.
While in Philadelphia, Dr. Smith was also Music Director and Conductor of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra (http://www.dcyo.org) guiding the ensemble of 100 musicians in numerous concerts and appearances. In 2008, Dr. Smith began the Distinguished Visiting Artist Series at DCYO, which featured professional musicians performing and interacting with these young musicians. This series continues today and is a great success.
Originally from Texas, Brad Smith was fortunate to teach music in the Texas public schools for four years prior to graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin. There he obtained Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Conducting. Dr. Smithâ€™s formal music study began at Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Music and Texas Teacher Certification in Music Education.
Mr. Sneed holds the title of Director of Jazz Studies at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Mr. Sneed has a Master’s degree in Applied Music from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Education from the University of North Texas, where he played saxophone in the One O’Clock Lab Band. He is also an HSPVA graduate. Prior to teaching at HSPVA, Mr. Sneed directed various jazz bands and taught improvisation and music history at the University of Houston and at Houston Community College’s Westchester Campus. Mr. Sneed is a working jazz musician, and has performed in a wide range of venues in the Texas Gulf Coast area since 1983. He also released his first CD, Brothers, in 1998. Come visit his web site at http://www.warrensneed.com.