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Ms. Bonner, a native Houstonian and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, is the coordinator of the HSPVA Music Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education degrees in Music from the University of Houston. In 1983 she was HSPVA’s Teacher of the Year, and in 1981 she was named a finalist for the University of Texas Outstanding High School Teacher Award. In 1993 she received the Price-Waterhouse Denny Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 1998 and 2000 she received the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award in Washington D.C.
Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association (of which she is a member of the state board), the Texas Choral Directors Association, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Education Association, and the Texas State Teachers Association.
A member of the First United Methodist Church, Ms. Bonner is active in the Sanctuary Choir, Handbell Choir, Sunday School, and she is an active member of the Administrative Board.
Julia C Hall is a native Houstonian and HSPVA graduate. She earned her Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied voice with Diane Tobola, and her Masters of Music in choral conducting from the University of Houston. Prior to coming to HSPVA, Ms. Hall taught at Lamar High School, Episcopal High School, and Memorial Middle School. In 2011, her varsity treble choir from Memorial was an invited honor choir at the Texas Music Educators Association convention.
Ms. Hall is an active clinician, guest conductor, and soprano soloist and is the youth choir director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Houston. She is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and Phi Kappa Phi academic and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor societies.
Shannon K. Carter, Director of Choral Studies, conducts Chorale, Madrigal Singers, Tenor-Bass Choir, and a caFellas. He also teaches Sight-Singing and is the vocal coach for senior recitals. Kinder HSPVA ensembles under his direction have won the prestigious American Classic San Antonio Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival, have won the American Classic A Celebration of Excellence, have been named The American Prize in Choral Performance – School and Youth Division 3rd Place Winner, and have been named the Mark of Excellence National Choral Honors National Winner. In 2018, the Kinder HSPVA Chorale performed at American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Division Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Prior to joining the faculty at HSPVA, Mr. Carter was the Choir Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas from 2005-2014. During his tenure, the Seven Lakes Chorale Women performed at the 2009 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. Mr. Carter also held positions at Cinco Ranch High School, Klein Forest High School, and Harlingen South High School. In 2001 he received the Klein Forest High School Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 2011 he was named Seven Lakes High School Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Carter earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University where he studied voice with MaryBeth Smith and sang under the baton of Dr. John Paul Johnson. He served as the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 23 President (2008-2011), and as the TMEA Region 23 Vocal Division Tabulations Chair (2005-2018). Additionally, he was a member of the UIL Prescribed Music List Committee (2012-2015), and also served as Committee Chair (2016). His professional affiliations include Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.