Fredericksburg Music Club, Inc. - 501 (C) 3 Organization

IlluMen

San Antonio's Premier Men's Professional Chorus

In Concert

April 21, 2024


Concert will be held at 3:00p.m.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church 1800 N. Llano (Hwy. 16 North) Fredericksburg, Texas
There is no charge for these concerts as all concerts are funded through grants or private and corporate donations through mail, at the door, or through our website.

Performers Biography

IlluMen, Premier Men's Professional Chorus "IlluMen is dedicated to instill in all people an awareness of music's important role in the enrichment of the human spirit."

IlluMen was founded by Colin Powell in 2012 and originated by a hand-full of charter members who expressed the same dream... to have a professional men's chorus in Texas. While most large cities have professional symphonies, instrumental chamber ensembles, and mixed professional choruses, it's rare to have an all-professional choral group of men. IlluMen is composed of vocal coaches, choir teachers, opera singers, and other musical professions. Membership is exclusive. Although one should have a professional background with music and have 'the voice,' IlluMen seeks men who display characteristics of spirituality, friendship, and a strong desire to advance music in education, service, and performance.

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GRANT LYONS [ARTISTIC DIRECTOR] (baritone) is currently working as a Choral Consultant in the Southwest Independent School District and is in his nineteenth year of choral directing. He holds his Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of North Texas and Master of Arts in Choral Conducting & Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. His principal teachers include Dr. Jerry McCoy, Dr. David Puderbaugh, and Dr. Timothy Stalter. While at UNT, he was involved in the A Cappella Choir, Collegium Early Music Ensemble, Jazz Singers, and Musical Theater of Denton. At the University of Iowa, he was the primary conductor of the Women's Chorale and a teaching assistant for the University Choir. In addition, Grant was honored to participate in the newly endowed Ann Howard Jones Vocal Ensemble Residency Program at the University of Iowa. During his time in the Midwest, he performed with Chamber Singers of Iowa City, Vocal Artists of Iowa, Canticum Novum, and was the Director of Music at St. Patrick Church. ​ Currently, Grant also sings at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. When he isn’t teaching or singing, Grant loves to spend time with his wife, Yasmin, and their two Labrador Retrievers, Crosby and Milo.

JORDAN D. BOYD, baritone, is the Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at San Antonio. At UTSA, he conducts the Concert Choir and University Chorus, teaches courses in vocal techniques and choral literature, and music directs opera and musical theatre productions. Before moving to San Antonio, Jordan was in residence at the University of North Texas where he conducted the UNT Chorale and performed with the UNT A Cappella Choir and Vox Aquilae. He also performed with and served as the Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Prior to moving to Texas, he was based in Charleston, South Carolina where he was the Director of Choral Activities for the Berkeley Center for the Arts at Goose Creek High School. A lifelong choral artist, Jordan has appeared on the rosters of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Verdigris Ensemble, and the Taylor Festival Choir. Jordan holds a Bachelors in vocal performance and music theory/composition from the College of Charleston, a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of North Texas. He currently resides in San Antonio with his wife, Sara, and their two fur babies Cooper and Goose.

CHRISTIAN N. CRUZ, a San Antonio native, Christian is a music educator, countertenor, and collaborative artist specializing in sacred liturgical music with an area of focus in effective teacher instruction and feedback in the choral rehearsal. Along with teaching and conducting, Christian is an active vocal artist having performed with The San Antonio Chamber Choir, The San Antonio Choral Society, San Antonio Symphony, Chorus Angelorum, Piping Rock Singers, Bach Society Houston and Sonido Barroco San Antonio. In 2013, Christian made his countertenor debut with the San Antonio Choral Society, in 2019 with Bach Society Houston, and in 2021 with Sonido Barroco San Antonio. Christian holds an Associate of Arts in liberal arts/music from Northwest Vista College, a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from Sam Houston State University, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Texas State University. Christian is currently the Director of Choirs at Anne Frank Inspire Academy.

LEO GARCIA is currently celebrating his 20th year of teaching, and his 3rd year as Choir Director at Lehman High School. He previously taught at Seguin High School, and spent time as a music educator/voice teacher at San Marcos HS and Alamo Heights HS. He earned both Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from Baylor University. Leo is currently the choir director and cantor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Seguin, TX. He previously served as a tenor section leader at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio for four years, He has performed with the San Antonio Chamber Choir and has sung with IlluMen since 2012. He has also performed two solo operatic roles in the Texas Concert Opera Collective's 2019 productions of "Werther" and "Susannah." Leo enjoys following all Baylor sports teams and is a huge fan of the San Antonio Spurs!

CARSON KOCH Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Carson is a recent graduate of Trinity University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience with honors and a minor in Chemistry. While at Trinity, he performed and traveled as far as Taiwan with the Trinity Chamber Singers and took vocal lessons under Dr. Chia-Wei Lee, Dr. Mark Covey, and Dr. Jacquelyn Matava. With their help, Carson won the 2022 Rosalind Phillips Vocal Excellence Competition. Currently, Carson is enjoying his gap year before he attends Medical School. When not rock climbing or volunteering, Carson loves to sing Barbershop and vocal jazz.

ALEXANDER MONTALVO is a Latin-American Tenor based in San Antonio. He is currently studying Vocal Performance At the University of the Incarnate Word and will be set to graduate this upcoming spring (2024). At just 27 years of age, Mr. Montalvo has performed solos at both Carnegie hall (2018) and the famed Sydney Opera House (2019). He also works closely with Opera San Antonio as a part of their Opera chorus, and has been a part of OSA's Apprenticeship program for Young Artists for the last three summers (2021-2023). He is excited to continue his path in music and is looking forward to joining IlluMen for his second season.

STANLEY A. MOODY, currently in his eighteenth year directing choirs, holds the position of Head Choir Director at Veterans Memorial High School. Moody holds a Bachelors of Music with emphasis in education from the University of Texas at San Antonio where he studied voice with Dr. Gary Mabry and Choral Conducting with Dr. John Silantien. In addition to conducting, Stan has performed as a Bass singer for several of Texas’s premier ensembles including The Dallas Chamber Choir, the Dallas Symphony Chorus, and currently is a staff singer at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. Stan has also served as the Director of Music at Northwood Presbyterian Church, and Director of Music at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church. Choirs under his direction are consistent recipients of UIL Sweepstakes awards and have been recognized as "Best In Class" in regional and national performance festivals. An active member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Stan currently serves region 11 as their vocal chair. Mr. Moody also occasionally serves as a guest clinician & judge throughout the State of Texas. In his free time, Stan enjoys spending time with his family and friends while enjoying the scenery of the Texas hill country, hiking, and star gazing.

VINCENT PENA is currently the choir director at Eisenhower Middle School in the NEISD. He previously taught in San Marcos at Goodnight Middle School. He studied at Del Mar Community College before transferring to Texas State University, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in K-12 Music Education. He found his love for signing under the mentorship of Dr. Oliver Worthington. Vincent is excited to be join IlluMen for another season and happy to be singing again with an amazing group! When he isn't singing or teaching, he enjoys dabbling in technology and playing disc golf with friends.

OTONIEL RODRIGUEZ (baritone) is pursuing a degree in Music Education and aspiring to become a Texas music educator. He is quite active in the music community, currently singing with the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Opera San Antonio, and now IlluMen. He formerly taught as a preschool teacher for three years at The Pineapple School. He is currently the Choir Director at The Light of the World Church in Kirby, Texas - where he has been active in the music ministry for 10 years. Some of his interests and passions include volunteering at his local church, streaming video games, and spending time with his family.

MICHAEL ZUNIGA, baritone, originates from San Antonio, TX. After receiving his education from both Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at San Antonio, he began teaching in the classroom - working with schools in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As a solo performer, he has sung with the the San Antonio Chamber Choir, IlluMen, Texas Bach Choir, San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, and Texas Mid-Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with local San Antonio opera companies - the San Antonio Opera and the Alamo City Opera, as well as with Baroque festivals - the Alamo City Baroque Festival, the Austin Bach Festival, and Victoria Bach Festival. Presently, Michael works as a Certified Notary Signing Agent. He also serves as a Bass staff singer/soloist at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, TX, as well as maintaining a music studio that he founded in 2005 called the Sinfonia |Voice Piano| Studio. He is a board member of the Omnia Youth Chorale. When not working or performing, he enjoys to spend time with his family - consisting of his wife, Katy, and their pets - Sir Lancelot, Queen Guinevere, Laverne, and Lucy.

Source: IlluMen, Premier Men's Professional Chorus

 

 
 

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Fredericksburg Music Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 1214
Fredericksburg, TX 78624