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“I sing because it brings an amount of happiness nothing else can bring, and because it allows me to feel a sense of confidence I can’t get from anything else. � - Melody Norris

“I sing because it's my way to express feelings that I can't exactly express through words. It's a way for me to feel alive and free, not only mentally, but spiritually.” - Mariana Marín


rand Prairie Fine Arts Academy (GPFAA) is a multifaceted fine arts school, serving grades 6-12, centrally located in the Dallas/ Fort Worth metroplex. The school was established to meet the needs of students wishing to study fine arts disciplines with an equal emphasis being placed on studying advanced academics. The school was opened in 2013 with an enrollment total of 383 students participating in 7 strands— visual arts, vocal music, dance, jazz band, orchestra, mariachi, and theatre. In the six years since its inception, the energy, talent, and dedication of the students has exploded. The program has nurtured the lives of the students and is consistently ranked among the top choirs in Texas. GPFAA’s high school vocal music strand consists of 67 students participating in six performing ensembles.

The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Singers consists of advanced 9th-12th grade vocalists and is the top mixed ensemble, committed to excellence within a diverse choral curriculum. The GPFAA Singers have been consistent UIL sweepstakes award winners and have been named best-in-class and grand champions at choral festivals across the United States. The choir excels in part as a result of the outstanding music instruction give in GPISD elementary, middle, and high schools taught by highly motivated choral faculty and music specialists. Joel Duarte and Candice Maughan serve as the directors of the 2019 Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Singers. The directors, along with GPISD, are very excited and honored to share this performance with their students.


To the American Choral Director Association

innovate, educate, graduate 2602 S. Belt Line Rd. Grand Prairie, Texas 75052 972.264.6141

Susan Simpson Hull, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and all the educators in Grand Prairie ISD, I would like to thank you for inviting our Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Treble Singers to sing at the ACDA national conference. We are honored that they have been selected to perform and showcase their amazing talent.

American Choral Directors Association 2602 S. Belt Line Rd.

Under the direction of Mr. Joel Duarte and Ms. Candice Maughan, our students are challenged to instill self-discipline, teamwork, superior performance conduct, and demonstrate actions of young responsible musicians while exploring inspirational connections to singing. They do an amazing job with our students. The support of our School Board, our administrators, and our parents has allowed GPISD to provide our students with excellent opportunities in Fine Arts. I believe our vocal program is one of the best in the state.

Grand Prairie, Texas 75052 972.264.6141

It is my pleasure to support our talented singers as they participate at the ACDA national conference. They have worked hard in preparing their music and I am confident you will enjoy their performance. Sincerely,

Susan Simpson Hull, Ph.D. Superintendent

Our school district is honored to have the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Singers selected to perform at the 2019 ACDA National Conference. Their performance reflects the many hours of dedication and hard work on the part of both students and their directors, Mr. Joel Duarte and Ms. Candice Maughan.

Members of the American Choral Directors Association: The Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy family is extremely proud of our Varsity Treble Choir being selected to perform at the 2019 national conference. GPFAA is excited to represent the Grand Prairie Independent School District at TMEA. We know there are hundreds of incredible choirs in the state and GPFAA is excited to share the stage with just a few of them. We want to thank everyone involved for allowing us this honor of sharing our talent with all of the music directors in this great state. I continue to be incredibly impressed with our vocal music students. At Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy all of our students are required to take all advanced academic classes. Students completing our advanced academic and advanced fine arts curriculum will be prepared to enroll in an academic university, arts conservatory, or be ready to pursue a professional artistic endeavor. We all know music has a way of making our hearts smile and our souls sing. GPFAA students have the ability to do just that, for those who have the chance to hear them whether in concerts, competitions, performances, or walking down the hall at school will pause and, in that moment, know all is well with the world. Congratulations to our directors, Joel Duarte and Candice Maughan for working so diligently with our students but more importantly for inspiring our students on a daily basis. Thank you to all of our parents who are our ultimate cheerleaders and taxi cab drivers. A shout out to the GPFAA community for their continued love and support. #proudprincipal Sincerely, Maria Schell Principal Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy

The incredible support from our Superintendent, our Board of Trustees, and our community plays a significant role in the success of all our students and their well-rounded education. It is because of that commitment that our Fine Arts programs flourish, and the performance today is an example of that success. We thank the organization for this opportunity and hope that you enjoy the program. Sincerely, Amy Francis Executive Director of Fine Arts



Arr. Michael Englhardt Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus Ex Maria virgine, gaudete! Tempus adest gratiae Hoc quod optabamus, Carmina laetitiae Devote reddamus. Deus homo factus est A Christo regnante. Ezechielis porta Clausa pertransitur, Unde lux est orta Salus invenitur. Ergo nostra cantio, Psallat iam in lustro; Benedicat Domino: Salus Regi nostro.

Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born Of the Virgin Mary, rejoice! It is now the time of grace That we have desired; Let us devoutly return Songs of rejoicing. God has become man, And nature marvels; The world has been renewed By Christ who is King They closed gate of Ezechiel Has been passed through; Salvation is found there, Whence the light rises. Therefore let our song Now resound in purification Let it give praise to the Lord: Salvation to our King.

"I sing because it is a way to relieve any burdens I may carry from day to day life" - Jazmin Wilson

Arise, My Soul, Arise Dan Forrest

Arise, my soul, arise, shake off your guilty fears; The bleeding sacrifice, in my behalf appears; Before the throne my Surety stands, Before the throne my Surety stands, My name is written on His hands. Chorus: Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise Arise, my soul, arise. Arise (arise), arise (arise), arise Arise, my soul, arise. Shake off your guilty fears and rise He ever lives above, for me to intercede; His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead; His blood atoned for every race, His blood atoned for every race, And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary; They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me: "Forgive him, O forgive," they cry, "Forgive him, O forgive," they cry, "Nor let that ransomed sinner die!" The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One; He cannot turn away the presence of His Son; The Spirit answers to the blood, The Spirit answers to the blood And tells me I am born of God. My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear; He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear With confidence I now draw nigh, With confidence I now draw nigh, And "Father, Abba, Father," cry.

“It gives me purpose and brings me peace.� - Paris Smith

Fragments from the Mass Emma Lou Diemer

Kyrie Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy upon us. Gloria Glory in the highest, Glory to God. And on earth peace, on earth to men of good-will, Men of good-will. Credo I believe in God the Father, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ our Lord. God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Sanctus Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth. Heaven and earth, heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna, hosanna in the highest,

Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) Dies irae, dies illa Solvet saeclum in favilla, Teste David cum sibylla. Quantus tremor est futurus, Quando iudex est venturus Cuncta stricte discussurus! Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem. Day of wrath, day that will Dissolve the world into burning coals, As David prophesied with the Sibyl.* How great trembling there will be, When the judge comes To strictly sentence all Merciful Lord Jesus Grant them rest.

Agnus Dei Lamb of God have mercy, upon us.

“I sing for every time I couldn’t put my feelings into words and music was the only way to express myself.” - Kaitlyn Uptain

Song of Miriam I stand at the sea and turn to face the desert stretching endless and still. My eyes are dazzled — the sky brilliant blue, sunburst sands unyielding white. My hands turn to dove wings. My arms reach for the sky and I want to sing the song rising inside me. My mouth open, I stop. Where are the words? Where the melody? In a moment of panic my eyes go blind. Can I take a step without knowing a destination? Will I falter? Will I fall? Will the ground sink away from under me? The song still unformed — How can I sing? To take the first step — to sing a new song — to close one’s eyes and dive into unknown waters. For a moment knowing nothing, risking all — But then to discover the waters are friendly. The ground is firm and the song rises again. Out of my mouth come words lifting the wind, and I hear for the first time the song that has been in my heart, silent, unknown, even to me.

“It’s my way of keeping my memories with my mother alive. I can remember her better when I’m singing. ” - Krishna Arnold

_ Soprano 1 _ VK Krishna Arnold 2*, 3 Kaityln Kirby 1, 2, 3, 4 Paris Smith 1, 6 Mackenzee McDonald 4

_ Soprano 2 _ Aelan Rogers 4 Julie Burney 4 Cecelia Largent 4 Madeline Aman 1, 6, 8, 9 Jazmin Wilson 1, 4, 9

Joleigh Galvan 2, 4 Tionna Bell 4 Katherine Ceranski 3 Paris Batjer 4 Victoria Carrillo 4

Melody Norris 3 Olivia Garza 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 Macaiah Jones 3 Daniela Ramos 2*, 3

_ Alto 1 _ Jessica Sullins 2, 3 Geraldine Salas 4 Isabella Gonzalez 4 Jeada Malin 3, 4, 9 Jessica Sullins 2, 3 Geraldine Salas 4

_ Alto 2 _ Amaka Marchie 4 Sari Valdez 4 Brianna Bernabe 4 Melinda Mendoza 3 Gabrielle Rodriguez 4 Madison Johns 3 Stephanie Davis 3

Jayla Webb 3 Jenna Eisel 4 Cory Tribette 4, 5 Brooklyn Youngblood 3 Sydney Fasoro 4 Isabelle Artista 2, 5

Legend: (1) 2018-2019 Choir Leadership Team, (2) Texas Future Music Educators Member/ Officer*, (3) District/Honor Choir member, (4) All Region Choir Member , (5) 1 Year AllState Choir member, (6) 2 Year All-State Choir member , (7) 3 Year All-State Choir member, (8) NATS Finalist , (9) National Honor Society

Isabella Gonzalez 2*, 3 Carolyn Pence 4 Roscilia Finley 4 Sabrina Ramos 3 Bailey Zemanek 4 Ansleigh Yates 4

Marina Malin 4 Melissa Martinez Tonyce Govan 3, 4 Amy Hoemke 2, 3, 4 Sarah Cliborn 1, 4 Kaityln Uptain 1, 2, 3

DIRECTORS JOEL DUARTE, CONDUCTOR AND DIRECTOR OF CHORAL ACTIVITIES Mr. Duarte is in his 8th year as a choral director in the Grand Prairie Independent School District. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He is currently working on his Masters degree in Music Education at Southern Methodist University. He brings a wealth of experience to stage through producing his own choral productions, participating in and placing in National Association of Teachers of Sing Competitions, as well as traveling the globe performing with the Dallas Symphony Chorus. He has served as a guest clinician for honor choirs performances and preparatory clinics for Contest and Festivals. Choirs under his direction consistently earn sweepstakes at UIL contests and annually earn places in TMEA District, Region, and All-State Choirs. He is par-

ticularly proud of their 11 Texas All-State Choir students this year. In the spring of 2017, Mr. Duarte took his choir beyond the state and national lines touring Italy and competing at the Verona Choral Competition. The choirs at GPFAA have also been awarded “Best in Class” at various music festivals across the country, recently winning the “Grand Champion” award at the Di Voce Festival-Dallas and the “Adjudicator” award in Nashville Tennessee. In addition, the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Singers, their top mixed choir, were invited to perform for the 2019 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention.w His professional affiliations include ISME and MISTEC; ACDA; NAfME; NATS; TMEA; TCDA; and TMAA.

CANDICE MAUGHAN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CHORAL ACTIVITIES Mrs. Maughan earned Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She directs the Middle School Mixed, Treble and 6th grade Treble Choirs while assisting with the High School Choirs. Choirs under her direction have consistently received top ratings at festivals and Superior Ratings at the Texas UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competitions. Her students excel in the All Region competitions with 57 students earning a spot in the Middle School All-Region Choir in 2018, 10 of those students receiving 1st chair in their audition room, and 14 students making All-Region all 3 years of 6th through 8th grade.

In addition to Mrs. Maughan’s teaching success, she continues to perform as a soprano soloist across the state, the nation and internationally. Highlights include touring in Mondavio and Fano, Italy with the Marche Opera program, her role as Mozart’s - Queen of the Night and most recently as the soloist for the Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at Bass Hall in Ft. Worth, Texas. Mrs. Maughan is passionate about the pursuit of excellence in choral and solo singing. It has been an honor assisting in the preparation of the GPFAA Singers Mixed Choir performing at the TMEA convention in San Antonio, Texas and the GPFAA Treble Singers performing at the ACDA convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Their musical journey has just begun!

BARRY DOWELL, ACCOMPANIST Mr. Dowell received his Bachelor’s degree of Music Education from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, studying conducting under Dr. Loyd F. Hawthorne. He was awarded the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities award his senior year at HSU. Mr. Dowell went on to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, and completed his Master’s degree in Music. In his late 30’s, Mr. Dowell went to Arizona State University and completed 30 hours towards a DMA at Arizona State University while studying choral literature and conducting. Mr. Dowell has also served as minister of music in churches including Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist churches throughout his professional life.

Other accomplishments include accompanying many soloists at Solo and Ensemble Contests, both at the Regional and State levels, for vocalists as well as instrumentalists. Mr. Dowell has been a high school choral director for over 10 years in Texas schools where he has had numerous sweepstakes winnings. He has taught choral music in Brownsville, Plano, Midland, Allen and Borger, Texas, prior to his current position at Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy.


JEN TOWNSLEY Paula Dial has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas, where she studied with Virginia Botkin. She was a soprano soloist at Church of the Holy Cross for twenty years and sang in the Irving Chorale under Dr. Harold Lucky. Her first ingénue role was “YumYum” in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado at age fifty!

Paula retired from Grand Prairie ISD where she taught middle school choir for thirty years. After retiring, she began a private voice studio that is comprised largely of students attending the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. Her greatest career achievement was six students in the 2018 Texas All State Choir.


Originating from New York, Jen Townsley holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education degree from SUNY Fredonia and a Master ’s degree in Vocal Performance from Texas Tech University. Ms. Townsley in a soprano in the Dallas Symphony Chorus, and has performed internationally with the Royal School of Church Music America choir. In the Opera Theatre world, she has sung major roles such as Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, and Bonnie Jean in Brigadoon. Jen teaches a studio of almost 40 students at Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, and teaches a musical theatre class as the Dallas Institute of Musical Advancement.

Erik Danielson is 27 years old, and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Piano Performance and Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University, and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with serving in the church, he works as a performer, teacher, accompanist, and coach.










“Singing for me takes away the stress in my life. It also connects me with other people and makes strong bonds between them.” - Brianna Bernabe

“Music is a universal language, so when I sing I feel like I’m communicating with another part of myself as well as other cultures.” - Kaitlyn Kirby

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Maria Schell, Principal Joe Beck, Dean of Instruction Rich Laffey, Dean of Fine Arts Gina Esparza, Assistant Principal Jordan Fetter, Administrative Team Metric Manning, Administrative Team

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Burke Hall, President Aaron King, Vice President David Espinosa, Secretary Terry Brooks Gloria Carrillo Chester McCray Steve Pryor

GPISD ADMINISTRATION »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Dr. Susan Simpson Hull, Superintendent of Schools Elna Davis, Area Superintendent Dr. Vern Alexander, Deputy Superintendent of Student Services Nancy Bridges, Deputy Superintendent of Business Operations Dr. Nugget Cunningham, Deputy Superintendent of Academics Pat Lewis, Deputy Superintendent of Innovation and School Improvement Linda Ellis, Deputy Superintendent of Teaching & Learning Calvin Harrison, Deputy Superintendent of Student Services

Susanna Ramirez, Deputy Superintendent of Early Childhood and Family Engagement Robb Welch, Deputy Superintendent of Business and Finance


Amy Francis, Executive Director of Fine Arts Sabrina Garcia, Coordinator of Fine Arts


Bill Centera Candida Dubois Richard Galvan Marvin Garduno Megan Hunt Hee-Sook Kim Henry Martinez

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Maria Moreno Marta Ocampo Gabrielle Paterson Marie Kristine Romo Blanca Soria Shannon Wright


Dr. Joshua Habermann – Dallas Symphony Chorus Dr. Jolene Webster Dr. John Wayman – University of Texas at Arlington


John Lucius – Artistic Editor Sean O’Donnell – Photography Greg Rochford - Rochford Creative Javier Vicencio – Photography

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“Thank you for your passion, hard work, and ability to remain humble. As teachers, we can only aspire for such a journey. Remember to share your hearts as you pass through this world. Let people hear your stories and celebrate your gifts. For it is when our stories come together, that the music sings." Forever in our hearts, you will be remembered, - Mr. Duarte & Mrs. Maughan

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Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Treble Singers - An Enlightened Journey  

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