INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FACULTYStephen CrawfordMr. Crawford is currently the Director of Concert Bands and the Wind & Percussion Program at HSPVA. Prior to this appointment, he taught middle school and high school band in central and north Texas. Mr. Crawford received his Bachelor of Music and teacher certification from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Pennsylvania State University. His trombone teachers have included Allen Barnhill, David Waters, and Donald Knaub. His primary conducting instructors have been Jerry Junkin and Dennis Glocke. Mr. Crawford's professional memberships include the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.
Shanta Childers received her Diploma in Higher Education, majoring in piano, while attending LaSalle College for the Arts in Singapore. At the University of Houston, she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Music Theory and also received her Masters in Music Theory from the same university. She taught at the University of Houston and was a music theory consultant at HSPVA prior to heading the department. For the past several years Mrs. Childers has taught at the Houston Piano Camp hosted by the University of St. Thomas and has also spent a summer teaching at the summer music camp at the Episcopal High School. She was recently invited to join the AP Leadership Team representing the AP Music Theory department for the Houston Independent School District. She has also been nominated twice by students for the 8th and 9th editions of Who's Who among American's Teachers.Rodolfo MoralesRodolfo Morales is currently the Director of Piano Studies at HSPVA, a position he has held since 2004. Mr. Morales is also Piano Department Head at the American Festival for the Arts Summer Conservatory. Mr. Morales received his Bachelor of Music (1996 - 2000) and Master of Music (2000 - 2002) degrees from The Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky.In addition to his busy schedule as teacher and coach, Mr. Morales remains an active performer both as a soloist and as a chamber music player, having an especially close affinity for modern music. He was the Artistic Director for the Foundation for Modern Music for the 2004-05 concert series. He has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Woodlands Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and played at such prestigious venues as the Wortham Center, Stude Hall and Zilkha Hall in Houston, the Latin Center for the Arts in Dallas, the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, the Hall of the Army in Sarajevo Bosnia, and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard Theater in New York City.He has been heard as soloist on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” performing the music of Spanish composer Enrique Granados as well as being a frequent guest on Houston’s KUHF’s “The Front Row”. Some of the awards he has been given include the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award from the American Festival for the Arts, a Robert McNair Foundation grant for performance studies, and the Isabel Scionti Award at the Isabel Scionti International Piano Competition.In 2010, Mr. Morales was awarded the Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award by the Texas Music Teacher’s Association. Currently Mr. Morales is President of the Houston Music Teachers Association. His other teachers include the late pianist/composer Robert Avalon, Natalie Matovinovic, and Viktoria Mushkatkol. He attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the Interlochen Arts Academy from where he graduated with academic and music honors.Antonio RocaAntonio Roca Mariachi Director was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Marketing from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and a Master’s in Voice Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Mr. Roca started teaching at Elsik HS in Alief ISD, TX where he directed the Mariachi program. He has also taught voice privately for many years. In addition to voice, Mr. Roca has also taught Classical Guitar Ensemble and Choir. Mr. Roca has sung in Mexico, Italy, Israel, and USA with many fine Mariachis, Choirs and Opera Companies. He enjoys nature, cooking, sports, such as outdoors running, playing soccer and traveling around the world with his wife, Dalma. Mr. Roca enjoys making music with young talent and strongly believes that it is a spiritual gift that makes a positive impact in the world and heals the soul. Mr. Roca is thrilled to begin his first year as a member of the HSPVA team.Brad Smith, Music Department Chair
Brad Smith is the Director of Orchestral Studies and Music Department Chair at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. At HSPVA, Dr. Smith oversees the String program, conducts the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, leads the String and Piano Chamber Music Program, and teaches Conducting. He has collaborated with the Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts departments on various projects and has also started a series of annual concerts titled “The Bach Project,” which involve solo and ensemble performances of the works of J.S. Bach. Dr. Smith’s students consistently achieve recognition in both concerto and chamber music competitions, and each year numerous HSPVA string graduates gain admission to top conservatories and music schools across the country.
Before joining the Kinder HSPVA faculty in 2014, Smith taught at the University of Pennsylvania for eleven years, where he was Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra, Audio Nexus contemporary ensemble, and Penn Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra. In the Music Department and College of Liberal Arts he taught music theory, graduate ear training, and conducting, as well as seminars on topics such as the meaning of music and the history of the symphony. While at Penn, Dr. Smith also conducted the Delaware County Youth Orchestra located in the Greater Philadelphia Area. He currently serves on the Artistic Staff of the Houston Youth Symphony as Conductor of the Sinfonia Orchestra.
Brad Smith holds degrees in Music Education and Conducting from Stephen F. Austin State University and The University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Sneed holds the title of Director of Jazz Studies at Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Mr. Sneed has a Master's degree in Applied Music from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Education from the University of North Texas, where he played saxophone in the One O'Clock Lab Band. He is also an HSPVA graduate. Prior to teaching at HSPVA, Mr. Sneed directed various jazz bands and taught improvisation and music history at the University of Houston and at Houston Community College's Westchester Campus. Mr. Sneed is a working jazz musician, and has performed in a wide range of venues in the Texas Gulf Coast area since 1983. He also released his first CD, Brothers, in 1998. Come visit his web site at http://www.warrensneed.com.