VOCAL MUSIC FACULTYMarcus J. Jauregui joined the Kinder HSPVA vocal faculty in 2021 after serving five years as Director of Choirs and Fine Arts Department Chair at Pershing Middle School in Houston ISD. In the fall of 2016, the Pershing Choral Department consisted of one director, five choirs, and 105 singers. By the fall of 2020, the program grew to two directors, 225 voices, and seven ensembles. Under his direction, the Treble Chorale received an invitation to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2021. This was the first choir to receive a TMEA invitation since Pershing’s opening in 1928 and the first middle school choir in Houston ISD to receive this invitation since 1983. Before moving to Houston, Mr. Jauregui taught one year of elementary school, four years of middle school, and two years of high school in North Texas.
Mr. Jauregui holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Master of Arts in music education from Texas Woman’s University where his thesis focused on the mentoring practices of Texas choral directors. As a member of the Centenary College Choir and Centenary Camerata, Mr. Jauregui performed at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the White House for President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. He also toured internationally, performing throughout Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Wales. Singing as both a tenor and countertenor, highlights include Mozart’s Requiem, The Magic Flute, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Mr. Jauregui has also performed in and music directed numerous musicals including the regional premiere of Xanadu, Hairspray, Cinderella, Grease, The Music Man, Curtains, Urinetown and the role of Michael in Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick… Boom! At PVA, Mr. Jauregui has served as vocal director for Hairspray, Mamma Mia, The Wiz, The Prom, and After Midnight.
In the summer of 2022, Mr. Jauregui received funding from HSPVA Friends to attend Boston Conservatory’s annual vocal pedagogy workshop, studying under Kevin Wilson and Patty Thom. As a choral, classical, and musical theatre vocal technician, Mr. Jauregui is thrilled to begin his third year at PVA and his fifteenth year of teaching young artists to navigate healthy singing technique in a variety of musical styles.
In his few moments of free time, Mr. Jauregui serves as Director of Traditional Worship at Bellaire United Methodist Church, standing in the shoes where retired HSPVA vocal faculty member Dr. Gary Patterson once stood and where former HSPVA Principal Norma Lowder played organ for over 35 years. All roads seem to lead back to PVA!
Mr. Jauregui’s 2023-2024 Courses: Director of Chorale, Director of YP, Director of Chamber Singers, Director of Tenor/Bass Singers, Co-Teacher of Senior Lab and Voice I, Instructor of Music Theory I, Coordinator of Ninth and Twelfth Grade Vocalists
Jennifer Miller-Stone earned her Bachelor of Music in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University and her Master of Music in vocal performance from Oklahoma City University. She most recently served as Director of Choral Activities at C.E. King High School, Sheldon ISD. As an educator, her choirs have earned consistent sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation, and her students have gone on to study music education, vocal performance, and music therapy.
As a performer, Mrs. Miller-Stone’s favorite roles have included Lucia in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. She was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Regional Finalist and sang in the Dallas Symphony Chorus. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Mrs. Miller-Stone is a lover of the outdoors and enjoys long-distance backpacking and camping with her husband, Jim.
Mrs. Miller-Stone’s 2023-2024 Courses: Director of Treble Singers, Assistant Director of Chamber Singers, Assistant Director of Treble Chorale, Instructor of Voice I, Voice II, and Music History, Co-Teacher of Senior Lab, Coordinator of Eleventh Grade Vocalists
Charnele Pendarvis-Romero is in her tenth year of teaching most recently serving as the director of choirs at Kempner High School in Fort Bend ISD. Mrs. Pendarvis-Romero earned a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Houston, where she studied with Dr. Betsy Cook Weber. She recently completed a Master of Education in teacher leadership at Lamar University. Through her participation in the Houston Symphony Chorus, Mrs. Pendarvis-Romero has had the opportunity to perform throughout the Czech Republic.
Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mrs. Pendarvis-Romero was heavily influenced by the city’s music culture. Music is not simply an art form but a means of communication, community, and joy, and Mrs. Pendarvis-Romero strives to share these values with her students. Her choirs consistently earn superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sightreading Evaluation and festivals across Texas. In January 2023, the Kempner High School Varsity Treble Choir participated in the Houston Chamber Choir’s Hear the Future Clinic, an initiative highlighting rising choral programs in Houston. Mrs. Pendarvis-Romero is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota. She is in high demand as a choral clinician and consultant in the Houston area. When she is not making music, Mrs. Pendarvis-Romero enjoys her yoga practice, traveling, baking, and spending time with her husband, Mark, and puppy, Sonja.
Mrs. Pendarvis-Romero’s 2023-2024 Courses: Director of Treble Chorale, Director of Concert Singers, Assistant Director of YP, Instructor of Music Theory II, Coordinator of Vocal Electives, Coordinator of Tenth Grade Vocalists