Dr. Randall Hooper
Director of Vocal Activities
Dr. Randall Hooper, the Director of Vocal Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce, conductors of the University Chorale, Men's Choir, Women's Choir and Chamber Singers while overseeing the masters program in choral conducting and teaching undergraduate courses in conducting and music education.
Dr. Hooper earned the Bachelor of Music of Education degree from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, where he was named an LBJ Outstanding student and a Presser Scholar, the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where he studied with Donald Bailey and graduated with distinction, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he studied with Kenneth Fulton.
Prior to his position at TAMU-Commerce, Dr. Hooper held similar positions at Tennessee Tech University, Georgia State University and taught high school choral music for eleven years in Texas. Dr. Hooper has been invited to conduct honor choirs and adjudicate throughout the south and southwest. Choirs under Dr. Hooper's leadership have performed in Carnegie Hall, by invitation for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, the Tennessee Music Educators Association Conference, the Georgia Music Educators Association and for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation Symposium in Liverpool, England along with touring Germany, Austria, England and France. Dr. Hooper has presented interest sessions on "teaching choirs to sing musically" and "teaching music literacy in the choral rehearsal." In 2005, Dr. Hooper was invited to present a paper on the choral music of Anthony Burgess for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation Symposium in Manchester, England which was published in Anthony Burgess and Modernity, a collection of papers presented at the inaugural symposium.
Dr. Hooper is also actively involved with church music and musical theatre. He has served as music director for churches in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. He is currently the Director of Music of Kavanaugh UMC in Greenville, TX. He has served as the musical director for San Marcos Summer Theatre, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, LA and the Cookeville Children's Theatre in Cookeville, TN.