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Wesley Davis, Head Choir Director

Wesley Davis is in his eighth year at Marcus High School and third year as Head Choral Director. He directs the Celesti Varsity Women’s Choir, Resonare Varsity Men’s Choir and Marcus Chorale. In addition he directs and arranges music for the Marcus female a cappella group Fusion. A native of Houston, he is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education with honors from Oklahoma City University where he studied with Judith Willoughby and Dr. Randi von Ellefson. Wes is one of the 2015 recipients of the TCDA Young Director of Distinction Award. His students have consistently made region and all state choirs in addition to receiving superiors in Solo and Ensemble contest. His choirs also consistently receive Sweepstakes at UIL contest. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, American Choral Directors Association, A cappella Education Association and the Women’s A Cappella Association.

 

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Patti Freeman, Associate Choir Director

Associate Director, Patti Freeman, has been a choral music educator since 1990. She earned her choral degree from Ouachita Baptist University then began her career in her hometown, Searcy, Arkansas. Her first year of teaching music she opened a new school in Searcy, Westside Elementary. She moved to North Texas in 1993 directing and assisting middle school and high school choir programs in Denison, Sherman and North Richland Hills. She enjoyed 15 years in Denton ISD as head director of Strickland MS choirs and associate director of the Denton HS Choral Dept. Over the years, Mrs. Freeman’s choirs have earned many UIL Sweepstakes and Grand Champion awards and she has had the privilege of hosting and judging many TMEA and UIL contests. She has been honored to serve as both conductor and piano accompanist for TCDA reading sessions, MS/HS All-Region concerts, and area Musical performances. She has several years experience teaching show choirs, AP Theory and IB Music in addition to her choral conducting experience. She has also served as worship accompanist and children’s choir director in church music for many years.
Mrs. Freeman has a passion for teaching music and loves working with students either as vocal coach, conductor, music theory teacher or accompanist. She is thrilled to be working with Mr. Davis and the outstanding choir members at Marcus High School!

 

Voice Faculty

Josh Brown

Joshua Brown in his first year of doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. Mr. Brown is the Director of Music at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Hurst and is on the Voice Faculty at Marcus High School in Lewisville ISD. In addition, he serves as the Artistic Director of the Coppell Community Chorale. Prior to beginning his degree, he served as the Director of Choirs at Coppell High School from 2012-2017 where his choirs were selected to perform at the White House (2014), Texas Music Educators Convention (2017), and Southwestern American Choral Directors Convention (2016).

Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Dallas Baptist University, and a Master of Music Degree from Baylor University. While at Baylor, Mr. Brown was privileged to serve as a teaching assistant and graduate conductor for the Baylor A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir and Concert Choir culminating in a performance of the Schubert Mass in G with the A Cappella Choir and members of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, Mr. Brown was selected as one of eight National Graduate Semifinalists in the Choral Conducting Competition of the American Choral Director’s Association. He has studied conducting with Dr. Stephen Holcomb, Dr. Donald Bailey, Dr. Anton Armstrong, Dr. Jeffery Ames, Mr. Stephen Heyde, Dr. Eric Wilson, and voice with Dr. Susan Wyatt.

Jessica Espiritu

Jessica Espiritu was born and raised in Mesquite, Texas. Jessica received a BM in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University in 2008.  During her undergraduate years, she performed with Meadows Opera Theatre (SMU), The Living Opera and Metroplex Opera. She travelled to the Franco-American Vocal Academy in France to perform the role of Berginella in Offenbach’s La Perichole as well as multiple recitals with FAVA. In 2010, Jessica received her Master of Music degree from Texas State University, under the tutelage of Cheryl Parrish. Jessica now lives in Dallas with her husband, Emmanuel, their cat, Hoffman, and their (adorable) son, Xander.  She has been on the voice faculty at Briarhill for 6 years, Marcus High School for 3 years, and is also a professor of voice at Mountain View College. Jessica is a member of TMEA, NATS, and TPSMEA.

Amanda Evans

Amanda Evans is a native to the North Texas area. She attended Texas Tech University where she obtained a BA in Music Education and a MM in Vocal Performance. After graduating, she began a career in opera as an apprentice with the Des Moines Metro Opera. Amanda continues to sing professionally and has expanded her repertoire to many different styles of music. In addition to performing, Amanda has twenty-three years of diverse teaching experiences.   She is also a choral director having served in both public schools and various churches. Amanda currently resides in Highland Village with her husband and three boys. She teaches at Marcus High School, Briarhill Middle School, her home voice studio, and directs the Youth Choir at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound. Amanda is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association.

Suzie Ribb

Mrs. Ribb was originally a Fighting Farmer, having graduated from High School at Lewisville High School. At LHS she was captain of the varsity soccer team, Sr. Lieutenant of the drill team, and student director of her Choir. She made All-State Choir 2 years and was ranked 1st chair.

Mrs. Ribb received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of North Texas in Denton. She attended UNT on a vocal scholarship, made the top choir as a freshman, was voted Outstanding Freshman Vocalist, performed in several musicals, and was named Outstanding Student Teacher her senior year.

Mrs. Ribb began her teaching career 30 years ago at Blalack Middle School in Carrollton, Texas; where she directed a program of 500+ choir members. Upon moving to Highland Village, Mrs. Ribb began teaching Choir at Lamar MS; where she was named Campus Teacher of the Year and received the PTA Lifetime Membership award. Mrs. Ribb’s choirs consistently received superior ratings at UIL contests and festivals. Her students also consistently placed well at individual competitions such as All-District Choir, All-Region Choir, and Solo & Ensemble Contest.

Upon retiring from teaching in the public school system, Mrs. Ribb began teaching voice lessons at Marcus High School and Briarhill Middle School. Along with teaching private voice at Marcus, Mrs. Ribb is an adjudicator for UIL Contests, Solo & Ensemble Contests, and a clinician for All-Region Choirs in the state of Texas.

She is married to David, who is the head audio engineer for the Daystar Television Network; and has one daughter, Anna, who is a Sophmore at MHS. She resides at her home in Highland Village with her husband, her daughter, Buddy (the dog), and her two fat cats – Aragorn & Arwen.