(Photo link takes you to complete bio) Our choir director, Phil Theodorou, is a Southern California native, studying music as an undergraduate at Fresno State University and earning graduate degrees in conducting and music education from both the Eastman School of Music and the University of Oklahoma. As a conductor and music director, Phil has produced and performed a wide variety of classical, musical theater, and pop/vocal jazz repertoire, and since 1996, he has adjudicated and done workshops for hundreds of school music groups with Heritage Music Festivals. He also holds graduate degrees in education and educational leadership from Boise State University.
For his classroom activities, Phil received a 1991 “Golden Apple Award” for outstanding work with the Lompoc Unified School District and the 2005 “Secondary Vocal Music Teacher of the Year Award” from Arts OC in Orange County, California. The faculty of the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma voted him the recipient of the highly regarded “Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Award” for highest achievement and distinguished contributions as a doctoral student. In 1987 he won first prize at the Scarritt National Choral Conducting Competition in Nashville—the youngest ever to earn that distinction. His ensembles consistently receive superior ratings at music festivals across the country, and he has been invited to present performances for state conventions of the California Music Educators Association and the Idaho Music Educators Association. Phil has led choir tours throughout the United States and Europe, and he has directed state, local, and regional high school and middle school honor choirs in Georgia, Nevada, California, and Idaho.