Dinah Menger was thrilled to accept the position of Director of Choirs at Arlington HS in 1995 and has loved it ever since! She received her bachelor of music in choral education and vocal performance from the University of Arizona in 1984 under the tutelage of Dr. Maurice Skones and Elizabeth Mosher Kraus. She then served two years as an elementary and junior high music director before coming to Arlington High.
Menger has served TMEA as an All-State Choir Section Leader and Coordinator, Ballroom Manager (2010, 2011), and Convention Coordinator (2012, 2013). She has served two terms as the Region 5 Vocal Chair. She has been the Chairman of the UIL Prescribed Music List Committee, TMAA Vocal Vice-President, TMAA President-Elect, and is currently the TMAA President. Menger has been a presenter, panelist, clinician, and demonstration choir conductor for TMEA conventions. She has served as Region Choir clinician for many of the regions throughout the state and is a frequent adjudicator for UIL contests.
Menger’s choirs have performed at the 2005 and 2009 TMEA conventions and the 2009 and 2013 national ACDA conventions. The Arlington High Chamber Singers were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in March of 2013 through the Kurt Weill Foundation High School Program. Menger is proud to be the 1998 AWARE Foundation Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Andy Sealy is in his eleventh year as Director of Bands at Hebron HS in Carrollton. Under his direction, the Hebron HS Band has consistently earned Texas UIL Sweepstakes awards, been named Bands of America Regional and Super Regional finalist and best-in-class. The Hebron HS Wind Symphony was the TMEA 5A Honor Band for 2010-2011 and also performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2010. The Hebron Wind Symphony was awarded the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor in 2012. The Hebron HS Marching Band has earned five appearances in the UIL State Marching Contest, including top ten finishes in 2008, 2010, and 2012. The Hebron HS Marching Band received the Sudler Shield in 2011.
Andy is a graduate of Texas Tech University and began his teaching career as middle school band director and high school assistant director in Iraan. Later he was an assistant director and junior high director in Monahans. Prior to coming to the Hebron HS, Andy served as Director of Bands at Monterey HS in Lubbock and at Randall HS in Amarillo.
Andy is a frequent adjudicator and clinician. He maintains professional affiliations with TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu, TMAA, the International Clarinet Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Andy has been privileged to serve TMEA previously as Region 24 Band Chair, Region 1 President, Region 16 Jazz Chair, All-State Band Organizer in 2003 and 2005, and Stage Manager for the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention 2008-2010 and also on the UIL Music Advisory Committee. Andy is happily married to Karen who is an administrator in the Division of Learning and Teaching for the Lewisville ISD. Karen and Andy reside in Frisco.
Keith G. Dye is Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Curricular Issues for the College of Visual & Performing Arts and Professor of Music Education in the School of Music. He holds the Doctor of Education in College Teaching of Music from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, a Master of Arts in Music Education from West Texas State University, Canyon, TX and the Bachelor of Music Education from Morningside College, Sioux City, IA. Dye's primary areas of research interest are music educator preparation and best practices and the effective use of desktop videoconferencing in delivery of music instruction. He has been published in leading journals and regularly presents nationally on these topics.
Dye is a member of the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy as well as a Service Learning Fellow. Locally, he is the creator and ongoing liaison for the Texas Tech/Lubbock ISD Fine Arts Alliance. This initiative seeks to maximize all fine arts activities and opportunities between the two entities for the mutual benefit of all students, faculty and community.
At Texas Tech University, Dye teaches undergraduate classes in Band Techniques of Instruction and Brass Instructional Methods. On the graduate level, Dye teaches the Band Director Workshops, Applications of Technology in Music Education, Psychology in Music, Instrumental Rehearsal Analysis, and Teaching Music in College. Formerly, Dye was Assistant Director of Bands working with all aspects of the athletic and concert band activities at TTU.
Dye serves as an instructional consultant to school districts across Texas and maintains activity as an adjudicator through the Texas Music Adjudicators' Association. Formerly a public school band director, he has more than 35 years of successful experience with groups on all levels of instruction. Dye's ensembles have earned numerous awards and a reputation for a consistently high level of musical excellence. He has presented clinics on instrumental music education techniques and strategies at state and national conventions and served as conductor of various regional and all-state ensembles. Most notably, the Texas Lutheran University Symphonic Winds was invited to perform a featured concert at the 2003 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, marking the first time a small Texas University was awarded that honor.
As a scholar, consultant, clinician, conductor, and adjudicator, Dye is in demand as a qualified music educator equally at ease with any age level.
Joe Muñoz is in his third year as Director of Bands at Pearland High School and is in his twenty-third year as a music educator. Under his direction, the Pearland High School Band has been a Bands of America Regional Championship finalist, qualified for the UIL State Marching Band Contest, been selected a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence Wind Band Honors Project and has consistently received the UIL Sweepstakes Award. Ensembles under his direction have performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, at TMEA as Honor Full Orchestra, consistently qualified to the TMEA State Honor Band competition and been selected as “Best in Class” at national and state festivals.
Joe has served TMEA as Region Band Chair (17, 19), Area F Wind/Percussion Chair, Area F Honor Band Chair, and Clinic Presider and has served on various committees.
Joe is a graduate of University of Houston and has taught at Clear Lake High School, Oak Ridge High School and as an assistant director at The Woodlands High School prior to his current position. He is an active adjudicator and clinician. Professional affiliations include TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority (Honorary Member). He is supported by his loving wife D’Juana and children, Alexandra, Jared and Lindsey.
Penny Meitz has taught orchestra for 40 years, the last nine as strings teacher and orchestra director at St. John’s School. Her jobs have included teaching in districts in Michigan and Texas, conducting youth orchestras, and teaching at the university level. Meitz received her bachelor of music education at Western Michigan University and her master of music in viola performance from the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University).
Meitz has served TMEA as Region Chair (Regions 17 and 19), All-State Orchestra Organizer, and has been on the board of TODA and TMAA. Her orchestra from Clements High School performed as TMEA Honor Orchestra in 2001 and at the Midwest Clinic in 2000.
Meitz has been on the faculty of American Festival for the Arts since 1997. She is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator across the state and is also active as a free-lance violist in the Houston area.
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Bob Horton is in his 25th year of teaching. He graduated from Sam Houston State University, where he earned his BMed, MM (Conducting), and EdD. He is head choir director at The Woodlands High School. In Horton's extensive choral experience, he has taught elementary, middle school, high school, and at the university level. Among his accomplishments are performances by his choirs at the TMEA Clinic/Convention three times with three different schools (1996, 1998, 2013), Southwest ACDA (TWHS, 2014), and his chamber choir won the Madrigal festival twice (2011, 2014). Horton served a two-year term as the MS/JH Vice-President, President, and Past President of Texas Choral Directors Association. He also has served as Region 9 Vocal Chair twice for junior high and twice for high school. Horton has served the Music and Fine Arts Ministry of The Woodlands UMC since 1996, as youth choir director, men's choir director, and leads worship in multiple services. He currently directs the A Cappella Choir and co-directs the Chancel Choir. He and his wife Connie, a junior high choir director in CISD, have two children, Andrea a music major at Baylor and Ben, who will pursue music in the fall.
Juli Salzman, Elementary Music Specialist at Northside Elementary in Angleton ISD for the past 9 years, has 15 years teaching experience in Louisiana and Texas schools. She has served TMEA in many capacities including Region Elementary Chair, Elementary Division Host, Presider, and Performing Group Organizer.
Salzman is a founding member and former President of the Red Stick Chapter of AOSA, in Baton Rouge. She is a Co-Director of the Summer Music Camp and the Lead Elementary Music Teacher in Angleton ISD.
Other professional affiliations include AOSA, OAKE, TCEA, TI:ME, and SAIL-On
Salzman holds a B. A. from Arkansas Tech University and a M. M. Ed. from Louisiana State University.
Juli is married to John, a Vocational Adjustment Coordinator for Ft. Bend ISD. They have four children, James, Katie, Trenady, and Justin.
Si Millican currently serves as music education area coordinator at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teachers courses in Instrumental Music Education and works extensively with the Institute for Music Research. Millican’s research interests include essential knowledge and skills used by successful instrumental music teachers with a special interest in the teaching of beginning band. He is the author of Starting Out Right: Beginning Band Pedagogy published by Scarecrow Press. He has presented his research at state and national conferences and has published in The Instrumentalist, School Band & Orchestra, Bandmasters Review, American Music Teacher, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and The Journal of Music Teacher Education.
Dr. Millican was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Temple HS. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in instrumental music education from the University of North Texas in Denton where he studied clarinet with Dr. John Scott and Dr. James Gillespie. His concentration at the University of North Texas was Instrumental Conducting where his primary instructors were Dr. Robert Winslow, Dennis Fisher, and Eugene Corporon.
Dr. Millican received a PhD in music education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. While at OU, Dr. Millican studied conducting with Dr. William K. Wakefield and worked extensively in the music education department with Dr. Michael Raiber and Dr. Nancy Barry.
Dr. Millican remains an active clinician and adjudicator across the state of Texas and is on the Active Concert Band list of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. His wife, Sherry, is a high school choir director in San Antonio. They have a son and a daughter in public schools in San Antonio, a cat named Elvis, and an enormous rescue dog named Roman.
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