It takes dedicated individuals and a cohesive group effort to ensure stellar performances year after year. Texas Boys Choir is proud to have talented and highly qualified educators leading our choir.
Interim Artistic Director
Ellie Lin, Interim 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 Vienna in 2012, in Taiwan in 2010 and China in 2008. 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.
D. Jason Bishop, DMA
Artistic Director Designate
Dr. D. Jason Bishop, Artistic Director Designate, will join Texas Boys Choir January 1, 2018. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral & Vocal Studies, and Chair of the Music Department at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. 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.
A native of Burns, Tennessee, Dr. Bishop earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied with Dennis Shrock. His dissertation, entitled Omnes Compleant: A Conductor’s Resource Guide to the Office of Compline, provides an overview of the historical evolution of Compline, along with complete source material for the traditional Compline liturgy with original Latin translations, chant transcriptions, a catalog of Compline-themed repertoire, and several polyphonic motets edited for study and performance. He received his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Ann Howard Jones, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Classical Languages from Rhodes College in Memphis, where he studied conducting with the late Tony Lee Garner, graduated Phi Beta Kappa with distinction, was voted into the Rhodes College Hall of Fame, and received the Rhodes College Kinney Leadership Award for outstanding service to his community.
Dr. Bishop previously served on the faculty of Lesley University and on the administration of the Longy School of Music, both in Cambridge, MA; and as Director of Music at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Norman, OK from 2004-2007. He has performed as a countertenor soloist in chamber ensemble concerts and vocal recitals, and had the honor of singing for two seasons with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, a professional vocal ensemble in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His numerous arrangements of Schubert and Schumann Lieder have been performed by men’s, women’s, and mixed choirs, with selections published by Colla Voce Music, and in Henry Leck’s Creating Artistry Series with Hal Leonard Corporation. He has served the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in a number of capacities, currently as the National Repertoire & Resources Chair for Student Activities.
Administration & Staff
In addition to the instructors, the administrative staff of TBC keeps the choir running smoothly year-round.