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Patricia Bonner
Music Department Chair
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Ms. Bonner, a native Houstonian and graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, is the coordinator of the HSPVA Music Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education degrees in Music from the University of Houston. In 1983 she was HSPVA’s Teacher of the Year, and in 1981 she was named a finalist for the University of Texas Outstanding High School Teacher Award. In 1993 she received the Price-Waterhouse Denny Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 1998 and 2000 she received the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award in Washington D.C.

Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association (of which she is a member of the state board), the Texas Choral Directors Association, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Education Association, and the Texas State Teachers Association.

A member of the First United Methodist Church, Ms. Bonner is active in the Sanctuary Choir, Handbell Choir, Sunday School, and she is an active member of the Administrative Board.

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Julia Hall
 Director of Vocal Studies
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Julia C Hall is a native Houstonian and HSPVA graduate. She earned her Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied voice with Diane Tobola, and her Masters of Music in choral conducting from the University of Houston. Prior to coming to HSPVA, Ms. Hall taught at Lamar High School, Episcopal High School, and Memorial Middle School. In 2011, her varsity treble choir from Memorial was an invited honor choir at the Texas Music Educators Association convention.

Ms. Hall is an active clinician, guest conductor, and soprano soloist and is the youth choir director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Houston. She is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and Phi Kappa Phi academic and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor societies.

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Shannon Carter
 Director of Choral Studies
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Shannon Carter is celebrating his twenty-first year as a high school choir director in Texas. He is a 1995 graduate of Texas State University-San Marcos, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree.

Mr. Carter joined the Vocal Faculty at HSPVA in 2014. He was Choir Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Seven Lakes High School from 2005-2014. Prior to opening Seven Lakes High School in 2005, he was the Assistant Choir Director at Cinco Ranch High School. In addition to working in Katy ISD, he also taught at Klein Forest High school and Harlingen South High School. Choirs under his direction are consistent Sweepstakes Award winners at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest, have been named Choirs of Distinction at the San Antonio Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival, and have been named Overall Most Outstanding at competitions throughout the Southwest. In 2009, the Seven Lakes Chorale Women were honored to be invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

Mr. Carter currently serves as chair of the UIL Vocal Prescribed Music List Committee. He was President of the Texas Music Educators Association Region 23 from 2008-2012. He is also honored to have served as a Texas All-State Choir Section Leader. He is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the State of Texas, and has multiple inclusions in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In 2001, he received the Klein Forest High School Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2011, he was named Seven Lakes High School Teacher of the Year. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA), Texas Music Adjudicators Association (TMAA), Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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