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Choir Director - Jed Ragsdale

 

Jed Ragsdale is in his twenty-first year of teaching and is currently in year three as the Head Choir Director of the Tomball Memorial High School Wildcat Choir Program. Prior to teaching at TMHS, Jed was the Head Director at Cy-Fair HS from 2005-16, Assistant Director at Jersey Village HS in 2004-05, and Langham Creek HS from 1998-2004. While at Langham Creek, his Varsity Men’s Choir performed at the 2004 Texas Music Educators’ Association Convention. Choirs under Jed’s direction have consistently earned Sweepstakes at UIL, earned Best-in-Class honors at state and national competitions, performed at various invitationals and in 2012 the Cy-Fair HS Chorale was the featured choir to perform at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. 


Jed is a frequent choir clinician and adjudicator and has conducted over 40 high school and middle school All-Region and Festival Choirs throughout Texas. He has served the Texas Music Educators’ Association in many capacities such as All-State Mixed Choir Organizer, Vocal Division Clinic Coordinator, Area E Chair, Area F Chair, Region 27 Vocal Division Chair, All-State Choir Section Leader, TMEA Facilities Chair, TCDA Hospitality Chair and TCDA Ways and Means Committee. 


Vocal performance credits include Houston Symphony Chorus, The Texas Master Chorale, Choir of St. John the Divine, the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Metropolitan Consort. He has been a proud member of Trinity Vineyard Church since its inception in 2005, where he is also a Home-group leader and sound engineer. 


Jed received a Bachelor of Music from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, studying with Dr. Kenny Sheppard, and a Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University. He, his wife, Vanessa and their children Avery and Aidan, reside in Cypress, Texas. 


Jed’s goal for the TMHS Wildcat Choir Program is to not only be recognized at the state level, but the national level, for performance and student leadership.

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Associate Choir Director- Kimberly Dillow

Kimberly Dillow is excited to join the team at Tomball Memorial High School and Willow Wood Junior High! Kimberly has been a head middle school choir director serving Cy-Fair ISD, Fort Bend ISD, and Texas City ISD. Prior to this, she taught for two years in East Orange, New Jersey in a PreK-5 Performing Arts Academy. She also taught 6-12 Choral Director for two years in Bloomington, Illinois where she grew up. 


Choirs under Kimberly's direction  have received consistent Sweepstakes Superior ratings at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest, and Best in Class awards at various choir festivals and competitions. 


Kimberly served as the Middle School Vocal Coordinator for TMEA Region 13 from 2016-2018, and was selected for a team writing middle school choral curriculum in Fort Bend ISD. Kimberly received her Bachelor's of Music Education from Illinois State Univeristy in 2007. 


Kimberly resides in Cypress, Texas, with her husband, Tim, and two children, McKinley (6), and Lyla (4). They also share their home with two golden retrievers, Sawyer and Mumford.


Kimberly is an active distance runner, and participates in numerous endurance races, including the Houston Marathon, yearly. She enjoys all things related to personal fitness and wellness as well as being outdoors, hiking, and exploring new places through running.


She is so excited for a new adventure to begin in Tomball ISD, and to serve the amazing choir programs at Tomball Memorial High School and Willow Wood Junior High! Go Wildcats!!!

2019-2020 Choir Officers

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President: Larissa Carrillo

Vice President: Harli Daniel

Secretary: Amber Conway

Student Conductor: Julie Chacon

Chaplain: Lindsay Jackson

Publicity Team: Kirsten Blest, Audrey Fraley, Bianca Castillo

Historians: Christina Sancho-Spore, Carl Enriquez

Social Chairs: Raynin Rachal, Sarah Howard 

Librarians: Madeline Fraley and Makenna Rijken

Treasurer: Enrique Funes

Sargent-at-Arms: John Baez