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2019 Judges – Lone Star Show Choir Invitational

2019 judges

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Judges for the 2019 Lone Star Show Choir Invitational

Dr. Stephen Gusukuma

Dr. Stephen Gusukuma joined the faculty at Baylor University in 2015 and serves as Lecturer in Choral Music and conductor of both the Baylor Concert Choir and director of VirtuOSO. Teaching assignments at Baylor have included beginning conducting, choral conducting, private conducting, choral methods, and choral literature, and ensembles under his direction have appeared across the US and internationally, garnering invitations to compete and perform at the Vocal Asia Festival in Taitung, Taiwan, the National A Cappella Convention, and quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Additionally, he serves as Minister of Music at Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco, TX.

Dr. Gusukuma has appeared as conductor and singer with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club in tours across the United States and Canada, and has appeared as conductor and singer on tours across the east coast and south-central United States with the Baylor A Cappella Choir. He has conducted on the stage of Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, at the 2014 MusicFest Canada, 2010 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and in top tier venues such as National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2013, he was a Conducting Fellow at the Lisbon Summer Choir Fest, a partnership between the World Youth Choir, the University of Michigan, and the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He prepared choruses for the GRAMMY nominated recording of Milhaud: Oresteia of Aeschylus, released by Naxos in 2014, and his work is featured on Ye Shall Have a Song! Celebrating America’s Three Oldest Collegiate Choirs, a 2013 CD release by the Harvard, Michigan, and Yale Glee Clubs.

Dr. Gusukuma holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he studied with Jerry Blackstone and Eugene Rogers. Conducting appointments at the University of Michigan included Interim Conductor of the University Choir, Conductor of the Residential College Singers, Assistant Conductor of the University Choir, Assistant Conductor of the Men’s Glee Club, and Co-Conductor of Orpheus Singers. Dr. Gusukuma holds the Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music degrees from Baylor University where he studied conducting with Alan Raines, Stephen Heyde, and Eric Wilson during the master’s degree, and Donald Bailey and Christopher Bianco during the undergraduate degree. At Baylor, he was awarded the Bennett Award for outstanding potential in music education, the Ken Howard Award for choral music education, and the ACDA National Student Award. He studied voice at Baylor with Daniel Scott and Robert Best. Dr. Gusukuma was Associate Director of Choirs for three years at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, TX, where he conducted multiple ensembles and taught AP Music Theory. An active conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and singer, Dr. Gusukuma is an active baritone soloist, and has sung professionally with sounding light: the chamber choir of Many Voices, One Song. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Chorus America.

Dylan Fargo

Daylan Fargo was raised in Grand Island, Nebraska where his love for music and dance began. During his formative years, Daylan actively studied piano and voice and started performing regularly at an early age. After attending Grand Island Senior High School, Daylan went on to earn a Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May of 2017. During his college career, Daylan held several leadership positions such as serving as the New Member Educator and Assistant Director for UNL’s Premier All-Male a cappella group, serving on the Sigma Chi Academic Accountability Committee, and was recently inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church Choir and the “i2 Community Choir” for students of all abilities. Shortly after graduation, he accepted his current position as the Assistant Director of Choir and Show Choir at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Currently, Daylan Fargo assistant directs the varsity show choir “Classic Connection,”, head directs the WHS JV show choir “Stage Lights,” Women’s Chorus, Vocal Jazz II, and co-directs Freshman Chorus and Warrior Chorus along with Jeff Spencer.

Apart from teaching music, Daylan actively seeks new opportunities for musical growth. In 2016, Daylan made his iTunes debut as a featured soloist on the album “Recess” with a cover of Sara Bareilles’ “Love on the Rocks” where he got a behind the scenes look at the process of audio production. This summer Daylan arranged the JV show choir show and show band music, as well as writing custom arrangements for Whittier Middle School show choir. Daylan also recorded and produced two original tracks that will be released on iTunes later this year. Although Daylan enjoys his experiences as a performer, his true passion is in music education. Apart from teaching music, Daylan is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling with family and friends.

Tresa Maneval

Tresa hails from Southwest Mo in a small town, just north of Joplin—Jasper, Mo. A 27-year veteran, Tresa has had a wide range of experience in directing choirs and Show Choirs throughout the Midwest. She has had Show Choirs perform in Florida, Indianapolis, Branson, Illinois, Iowa, and at many wonderful local show choir competitions. Her current choir has earned the right to sing in Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in May.

Tresa has judged and been a clinician at many competitions over the years.

Tresa loves musical theater; having had lead roles in Peter Pan, Dirty Work at the Crossroads and Annie Get Your Guns.

Her greatest passion is in building Choir/Show Choir programs in smaller schools. Many of her show choirs from 1A and 2A schools have been awarded high placements, captions, and audience favorites.

Tresa is happily married to her husband Mark and she has a 24-year-old daughter. She’s very honored and excited to be here in Texas today.

Jeff Spencer

Jeff Spencer is currently in his 14th year of teaching and fourth year as Director of Choral Activities at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He oversees a program of 3 concert choirs, 2 jazz choirs, 2 show choirs, Soprano/Alto choir and Tenor/Bass Choir. He is an active judge, clinician and arranges show choir charts in addition to serving as the Men's Choir Repertoire and Standards Chair for the South Dakota Choral Director's Association. His show choirs have received many awards including: Grand Champion, best vocals, best choreography, best band and best soloist awards.

Alexander Carr

Alexander Carr is the director of Vocal Music at the new I. M. Terrell Academy for Visual and Performing Arts in Fort Worth. Prior to his appointment at I.M. Terrell, Mr. Carr worked in Keller ISD as the Associate Choir Director at Keller High School and as the Director and Co-Founder of the Keller ISD 5th and 6th Grade Honor Choir.

Choirs under Mr. Carr’s direction have consistently earned UIL Sweepstakes awards and Best-in-Class at local festivals. Singers in his choirs have successfully competed in UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition and earned membership in the TMEA All-Region and All-State choirs. In 2017, Mr. Carr conducted the KISD 5th and 6th Grade Honor Choir in their performance for the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. He was also the Associate Conductor of the Keller High School Varsity Treble Choir in performances for the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in 2017 and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2014.

Mr. Carr received his Master of Music degree in 2011 and Bachelor of Music Education in 2009 from Texas Christian University, where he studied with Dr. Eph Ehly, Dr. Sheri Neill, and Prof. Ronald Shirey. At TCU, Alex served as the choral conducting graduate assistant, the director of the TCU Men’s Chorus, and the drum major of the Horned Frog Marching Band.

Since 2008, Mr. Carr has also served as the Choir Director at Ridglea Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his church choir family are avid TCU supporters. When not rehearsing, you can find them at a TCU game or concert. Mr. Carr is a member of ACDA, TMEA, UEA, and the TCU Ex-Bandsmen Association.


Central High School, 9450 Ray White Road, Keller, TX 76244

Event Dates & Time

Friday, February 22, 2019 2:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Saturday, February 23, 2019 From 8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

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