Emily Chandler – Director
Emily Chandler is proud to serve as the Director of Choirs at Seven Lakes High School. Under her direction, the choirs at SLHS have continued their legacy of excellence, artistry and community by earning consistent sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest, producing All-State Singers, as well as creating innovated choral programs for the entire Katy community. Prior to moving to Texas, Ms. Chandler received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Northern Arizona University where she was the conductor of the University Singers, Harter M. Memorial Handbell Choir and co-conductor of the Chamber Singers. She was also the assistant conductor for the non-profit community choir, Master Chorale of Flagstaff.
Prior to graduate study, Ms. Chandler was the director of choirs at Oak-Land Junior High in Stillwater, Minnesota. Under her direction, the Oak-Land Concert Choir was a featured ensemble in the Minnesota Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association 50th year anniversary concert series. Ms. Chandler received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from St. Olaf College in 2010, where she served as the student director to Dr. Anton Armstrong and alto section leader for the St. Olaf Choir. She also served as the assistant conductor to Mrs. Sigrid Johnson and The Manitou Singers.
Ms. Chandler has had the opportunity to sing with three professional ensembles: Cantare Houston based in Houston, TX, The Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers, of Sedona, AZ and Magnum Chorum, of Minneapolis, MN. During her graduate and undergraduate work, Ms. Chandler has sung with The St. Olaf Choir, Cantorei Singers and Manitou Singers of St. Olaf College and also The Shrine of the Ages Choir of Northern Arizona University. Ms. Chandler has participated in performance tours throughout the United States, Italy, England, Ireland, Wales, Turkey and Bulgaria. She has studied conducting with Dr. Anton Armstrong, Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Dr. Edith Copley, Dr. Ryan Holder and Mrs. Sigrid Johnson. Her professional associations include the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA).
Jeremy Bledsoe – Assistant Director
Jeremy Bledsoe currently serves as the assistant director of choirs at Seven Lakes High School. Prior positions include director of choirs at Reed Middle School-Duncanville ISD and director of choirs at Lake Highlands Freshman Center Richardson ISD. Choirs under his leadership earned superior and excellent ratings at state and local festivals.
Mr. Bledsoe holds a Master of Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Dallas Baptist University. In addition, he has completed a first level teaching certificate in the choral track of the Kodály teaching methodology. As a clinician and ambassador of music education, Jeremy has served as a region choir section leader, clinician for a 5th/6th grade honor choir and guest adjudicator for area solo/ensemble festivals and Pre-UIL contest workshops.
Professional affiliations include active membership in Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Outside of teaching, Mr. Bledsoe performs as a baritone chorister in various churches and community choirs.
C hristin Reinartz is in her third year of teaching as the Assistant Choir Director at Seven Lakes High School in Katy. In her first year of public school teaching, she was selected as the First Year Teacher of the Year at Seven Lakes. Previously, she served for five years as the music minister, pianist, and choir director at Grace Memorial Church in New Braunfels, Texas. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She continued her study, under the tutelage of Dr. Joey Martin, receiving her Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting in 2010. During her graduate studies, Christin had the distinct privilege of directing Texas State’s elite vocal jazz ensemble, VocaLibre.
While at Texas State, Christin was the proud recipient of the Reed B. Parr and Lucille Aikin Patterson music scholarships, as well as the Theresa Gordon Opera Scholarship, Gregory Grimes and Woods-Kone Endowed Scholarships; all of which were awarded upon various academic, merit, and performance-based elements. In her last year she was selected by faculty vote to receive the esteemed Presser Foundation Scholarship, considering academic standing, leadership, and extracurricular activities.
Christin shares both a love of teaching and stage performance. She performed several roles with the Texas State Opera including, Cunegonde in Candide, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites. She also sang two seasons with the San Antonio Chamber Choir under the direction of Scott MacPherson. From 2006-2008, Christin performed with the Southwest ACDA Honor Choir. In addition Christin was selected by audition to perform in the debut concert of the Southwest ACDA Collegiate Honor Chamber Choir in 2009. Behind the baton, Christin has served as an undergraduate Reading Session Conductor for the Texas Choral Director’s Association convention in 2006, as well as for the Southwest American Choral Director’s Association convention in 2008. She also received an Honorable Mention in the American Choral Director’s Association Graduate Conducting Competition in 2009.
Aside from music Christin enjoys hiking, biking, and camping in the great outdoors with her husband, Charles Reinartz, and her two terrific dogs, Kodiak and Toby.
/* S hannon Carter is currently in his nineteenth year as a high school choir director in Texas. He graduated from Texas State University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree.
Mr. Carter is the Choir Director at Seven Lakes High School where he also served as Fine Arts Department Chair from 2005-2014. Prior to opening Seven Lakes High School in 2005, he was the Assistant Choir Director at Cinco Ranch High School. In addition to working in Katy ISD, he also taught at Klein Forest High school and Harlingen South High School. Choirs under his direction are consistent Sweepstakes Award winners at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, and have been named Best In Class and Overall Most Outstanding at festivals throughout the Southwest. In 2009, the Seven Lakes Chorale Women performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention.
Mr. Carter currently serves on the UIL Vocal Prescribed Music List Committee. He was President of the Texas Music Educators Association Region 23 from 2008-2012. He is also honored to have served as a Texas All-State Choir Section Leader. He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the State of Texas, and has multiple inclusions in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2001, he received the Klein Forest High School Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2011, he was named Seven Lakes High School Teacher of the Year. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA), Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.*