Christopher B. Teel
Since graduating, Christopher B. Teel (DMA 2003) has started a music department at Emery High School in southwest Houston, where he teaches music theory, music appreciation, choir, and jazz ensemble. He also serves as Associate Director of College Counseling. Dring his time in Houston, Teel has worked as free-lance organist and a locum tenens. He served as Interim Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church for a over a year, and regularly substitutes for colleagues at area churches. Teel is in his seventh year as producer and host of PipeWorks, aired at 8 p.m. Sundays on KMFA, 89.5 FM. Pipe organs and choirs from around the world are featured on the broadcast, and Teel has produced several programs on UT student and faculty organists.
Jon Eifert (DMA 2010) was hired as part-time music director at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in San Antonio in 2009, while still preparing his final DMA organ recitals. He was church organist and directed the adult, youth, and handbell choirs. He participated in the congregation’s decision to replace their hymnal with the new Lutheran Service Book, and featured a number of its new hymns on a hymn festival for Ascension Day. Eifert was named to be full-time music director at Mt. Calvary beginning in August of 2010, with additional duties to include teaching bible classes, confirmation, and preparation of events and festivals. “I am excited to be at Mt. Calvary at this time,” says Eifert. “I am also grateful to the Hancocks for sharing all of their expertise and experience in church music with me. They were, and continue to be, an inspiration to all of their students.”
Kathleen Thomerson (BM 1956, MM with Performance Award Diploma, 1958) is currently the Director of Music and Organist at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Austin, and Director of the Committee on Professional Certification of the American Guild of Organists. She is well-known for the hymn I Want to Walk as a Child of God, and A Taste of Heaven’s Joys, a collection of new hymn tunes by Thomerson with text by Patricia Clark.
Lenore Alford (DMA 2008) is music director and organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the San Francisco Bay area. She conducts the adult choir and is in the process of founding a Royal School of Church Music program for children. She also composes music for the liturgy and teaches adult education classes. Under her direction, the church recently completed its first program entirely devoted to women’s sacred music.
Russell Schulz (DMA 1974) will retire in December 2010 from his position as Professor of Church Music at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. He began work there in 1974, following his teacher E. William Doty, who had taught there after retiring from UT. Schulz has directed music at University Methodist Church and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Austin. He was a visiting lecturer at Austin Presbyterian Seminary and periodically lectured on music and architecture at the University of Texas. He has edited several hymnals and co-edited the Yale University Press New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools. Schulz was president of the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada, founding president of the Austin Boy’s Choir, and on the boards of the choral group Conspirare and Austin Lyric Opera’s Armstrong Community Music School. He is on the board of directors of the Center for Studies in Sacred Music at the Butler School and has served on its faculty at conferences. With more than 150 published works, mostly for choir or organ, his music is found in dozens of hymnals around the world. Upon retirement he plans to move to Berlin, where he will work on finishing several books and continue composing.
Already putting his degree in organ performance to work, Scott McNulty (MM 2009) is the organist at University Presbyterian Church and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, both in Austin, and maintains a private teaching studio. He is also an adjunct professor of music theory at the Art Institute of Austin, working with college level students studying film and audio recording. The past dean of the Austin Chapter American Guild of Organists, past president of the Austin Chapter Choristers Guild, and former member of the Austin District Piano Teachers Association, he continues to be involved with the local music guilds, often as a volunteer or judge. He has played recitals across the U.S. and Europe, implemented recital series, and coordinated many children’s, youth, adult, and handbell festivals.