INTERIM CHORALE DIRECTOR
Gershom Garcia is the Interim Chorale Director for the Midland-Odessa Symphony. He has taught choral music in Texas schools for 24 years as well as directed church choirs throughout his career with outstanding results. His choirs have consistently received coveted Sweepstake awards at UIL competitions as well as named Outstanding Choir at state choral festivals. Mr. Garcia’s choral ensembles have been invited to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association and Carnegie Hall. He led his Wildwood UMC Christ Singers on a European tour receiving an invitation to perform at the world-renowned Notre Dame Cathedral de Paris as well as invitations to perform concerts in Florence, Pisa and Rome. Mr. Garcia is a strong advocate for young singers who aspire to become performers. His former students, many whom are Texas All-State Choir members, have been accepted into prestigious vocal programs and world class music institutions such as the High School Voice Studio at Houston Grand Opera, Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati and Oberlin Conservatories of Music, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg as well as Westminster Choir College.
Mr. Garcia is equally experienced in instrumental music holding a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Houston with clarinet as his major instrument. He performed with the University of Houston Symphony and the University of Houston Wind Ensemble as principal clarinetist while attending college. He received his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Baylor University where he served as graduate conductor for the Baylor Collegiate Choir, Baylor Women’s Choir and Baylor Men’s Glee Club. Mr. Garcia was also a member of the Houston Symphony Chorus where he performed major works including Brahm’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, Britten’s War Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Handel’s Messiah with renowned conductors including Robert Shaw, Nicholas McGegan, Peter Schreier and Hans Graf. He studied voice and vocal pedagogy with the late Elena Nikolaidi, Dr. Joyce Farwell, and Dr. Karen Peeler.
He is currently the TMEA Region 6 SSC Vocal Coordinator and in his 8th year as Director of Music and Choral Activities for the Big Spring ISD. In 2019, the Texas Choral Directors Association recognized Big Spring High School Choral Department as one of the leading 4A choral programs in the state. Mr. Garcia is an active clinician, lecturer at state music conventions, and vocal adjudicator throughout Texas.