VOCAL MUSIC FACULTY
Shannon Carter, Director of Choral Studies at Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, conducts Chorale, Madrigal Singers, Tenor-Bass Choir, and Concert Singers, teaches Sight-Singing/Ear-Training, First Year Essentials, and assists with Class Voice. Kinder HSPVA ensembles under his direction have won the prestigious American Classic San Antonio Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival, have won the American Classic A Celebration of Excellence, have been named The American Prize in Choral Performance - School and Youth Division 3rd Place Winner, and have been named the Mark of Excellence National Choral Honors National Winner. In 2018, the Kinder HSPVA Chorale performed at American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Division Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Prior to joining the faculty at HSPVA, Mr. Carter was the Choir Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas from 2005-2014. During his tenure, the Seven Lakes Chorale Women performed at the 2009 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. Mr. Carter also held positions at Cinco Ranch High School, Klein Forest High School, and Harlingen South High School. In 2001 he received the Klein Forest High School Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 2011 he was named Seven Lakes High School Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Carter earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University where he studied voice with MaryBeth Smith and sang under the baton of Dr. John Paul Johnson. He served as the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 23 President (2008-2011), and as the TMEA Region 23 Vocal Division Tabulations Chair (2005-2018). Additionally, he was a member of the UIL Prescribed Music List Committee (2012-2015), and served as Committee Chair (2016). His professional affiliations include Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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.