Dr. D. Jason Bishop is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral & Vocal Studies, and Chair of the Music Department at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. In January 2018, he will become the next Artistic Director of the world-renowned, Grammy award-winning Texas Boys Choir.
Dr. Bishop served as the Artistic Director of The Greater South Jersey Chorus from July 2014 to December 2015, and from 2007 to 2012 he was the Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and Director of Choral Activities at Penn State Erie. In 2008, he changed the choral landscape of northwestern Pennsylvania by founding its first and only community youth and children’s chorus, the Young People’s Chorus of Erie, of which he served as Artistic Director until July 2012. He was selected as one of seven conductors nationwide to be a Conducting Fellow in the American Choral Directors Association’s International Conductor Exchange Program, which took him to South Korea for a two-week conducting residency in July 2016.
Described by the Erie Times News as “energetic, vital, and innovative,” Dr. Bishop is an active guest conductor and clinician, having conducted numerous honor choirs, festivals, and workshops throughout the United States. He was named “Outstanding Young Conductor of the Year” by the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania, of which he served as President-Elect from July 2011-June 2012. For the past three years he has been among the guest conductors of the National Chorale’s Annual Messiah Sing-In at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and he made his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2010 conducting Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Distinguished Concerts International New York. In 2012, Dr. Bishop conducted the Young People’s Chorus of Erie in competition at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, for which they won two gold medals and one silver medal.
Ellie Lin, Associate Artistic Director of Texas Boys Choir, is also the Choir Director at Arlington Chinese Church and the Music Director of the Great Land Choral Society. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music.
Other positions Ms. Lin has held include Conductor of the Pinnacle Choristers, Conductor of Southwest Christian School High School Choir in Fort Worth, and Piano Instructor at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
As a conductor, Ms. Lin led the Great Land Choral Society to successful, internationally televised concert performances in China (2014, 2008), Vienna (2012), and Taiwan (2010). Prior to that, she twice led another choir, Good Earth Singers, on concert tours to China and Taiwan in 2004 and 2006. In addition to conducting and accompanying, Ms. Lin is a popular piano teacher, a member of the Fort Worth Teachers Association, and is certified as a professional Chinese interpreter and translator.