VOCAL MUSIC FACULTY
Julia C. Hall is the Director of Vocal Studies at Kinder HSPVA. A native Houstonian and HSPVA graduate, Ms. Hall earned her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied voice with Diane Tobola, and her Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Houston. She has had the privilege of conducting two performing choirs at the Texas Music Educators Convention: the Memorial Middle School Advanced Girls Choir in 2011, and the HSPVA Girls Chorus in 2017. Girls Chorus is the only non-varsity high school women’s choir ever selected to perform at TMEA.
Ms. Hall is an active clinician, guest conductor, and soprano soloist. She is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association, Phi Kappa Phi academic and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor societies, and the Houston Symphony Chorus Chamber Singers.
Dr. Yanira SoriaDr. Yanira Soria Assistant Director of Vocal and Choral Studies hails from Spain and has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. Dr. Soria is a HSPVA graduate, with degrees from Sam Houston State University and University of Houston, where she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music. Dr. Soria has appeared as guest soloist with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, and the Sam Houston State University's Symphony Orchestra and has received numerous awards for her performance.Prior to joining HSPVA, Dr. Soria was the CoDirector of Piano Studies at Meyerland PVA MS from 2017-2019. Her additional teaching experience includes time as an accompanist/vocal coach at Sterling High School in Baytown, TX and at Klein United Methodist Church from 2011-2015. Dr. Soria is also on staff with the American Festival for the Arts, a music summer program for students’ ages 9-18. Dr. Soria is a proud founding member of the Houstonbased Terra Nostra Ensemble, an innovative ensemble dedicated to the performance, promotion, and preservation of music by Latin-American and Iberian composers. Her professional affiliations include the Music Teachers National Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, and the Texas Music Educators Association.Marcus JaureguiMarcus J. Jauregui joined the HSPVA vocal faculty in 2021 after serving five years as Director of Choirs at Pershing Middle School in Houston ISD. 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 as well as 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. While in DFW, Mr. Jauregui also performed in and music directed numerous musicals. Highlights include the regional premiere of Xanadu, Hairspray, Cinderella, tick, tick… BOOM!, Grease, The Music Man, Curtains, and Urinetown. As both a choral and musical theatre vocal technician, Mr. Jauregui is excited to work with students on building healthy singing technique for a variety of musical genres.