First All-State Alumni
Commissioned "In Praise of Music"
Dan Hood is presently serving in his sixth year as director of the Artesia High School Choirs and his fifth year as artistic director of the Carlsbad Community Chorale. Throughout his forty years of directing choral ensembles, Hood has received many honors for outstanding accomplishments in the fields of choral music and music education. Ensembles under his direction have been selected to perform for Texas Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association Regional and National conventions, Music Educators National Conference convention, and have consistently earned top honors in local, state, and national competitions. With BME and MME degrees from Texas Tech University, his teaching encompasses years in Amarillo, Carrollton, Abilene and Lamesa, Texas, and Ruidoso, New Mexico. He has served on numerous State Committees for Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and University Interscholastic League. Hood is a past President of TMEA and a charter member of Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He is past President of the New Mexico American Choral Directors Association. He has served as an adjudicator, lecturer, guest conductor and clinician in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado. In 1994, Hood was awarded the Texas Excellence Award for Outstanding High School Teachers by the University of Texas, Austin. He was selected “Teacher of the Year,” for 1995-96 for the Amarillo Independent School System. Hood has served as the Ruidoso Municipal School’s representative to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partnership in Education Program in Washington D. C. along with the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, and the Hubbard Museum of the American West.