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 Jasmine Barnes

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Jasmine Barnes

Head of Composition

Jasmine Arielle Barnes, of Baltimore, MD, is a promising composer/vocaIist who has performed and has had her music performed all over the world. She is a multifaceted composer who embraces any writing style of music using a variety of instrumentation and specializes in writing for the voice. She proved her musical prowess in her debut composition concert entitled "Reality Race and Religion." The Concert featured major performers like Marquita Lister, Leah Hawkins, conductors like Jordan Smith, Angelo Johnson, James Mayo, Symphony Number One Chamber Orchestra, Choir and many more talented performers and conductors. As a vocalist, She's been made familiar to The Dallas Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, The White House (Obama administration), The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Meyerhoff, and numerous other companies and venues in and out of the US.

She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Music (Vocal Studies) and Master of Arts in Music (Composition) from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland. Her Master of Arts in Music was earned as a Composition student studying under Dr. James Lee III and her Bachelor of Arts in Music was earned as a vocal student studying under Marquita Lister. She held the esteemed pleasure of being a Graduate Teaching Assistant teaching Music Theory and Aural Skifls to students of Morgan State University. She is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity Inc. founded in 1903, an organization to world class singers, composers, conductors, and more acclaimed music career holders. One motto of Sigma Alpha Iota that Jasmine holds true to her life as an artist is "Vita Brevis, Ars Longa" which translates from Latin to English as "Life is Short, Art is Long". She believes that giving your all to music, contributing to the art, and teaching what you've learned is truly upholding Art and being a true musician.

jasbarnes@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1233 | Room 231


 William George-Twyman

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William George-Twyman

Head of Choral Studies

William George-Twyman is pleased to serve Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as the Head of Choral Studies. William comes with many years of choral conducting experience at the middle and high school levels, as well as in the collegiate, semi-professional, and liturgical arenas. He has studied with great conductors such as Dr. Richard Zielinski (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Carmen-Helena Tellez (University of Notre Dame), Dr. Eric Stark (Butler University), and Dr. Gary Anderson (Transylvania University). His masterclass experience includes workshops with Dr. Tim Sharp (American Choral Directors Association), Dr. Craig Hella-Johnson (Conspirare), Simon Carrington (The King's Singers), and Dale Warland (Dale Warland Singers).
Striving to find connections between Classical-era repertoire and modern music, William is known for innovative programming ideas and multimedia collaborations. He has served as pit conductor for several musical theatre productions, most recently a performance of the Tony award-winning "Coram Boy" in partnership with the University of Oklahoma School of Musical Theatre. William has also prepared opera choruses, conducted new music by living composers, and performed internationally as both singer and conductor.

In addition to being an accomplished choral conductor, William is a trained countertenor, having performed in Handel's "Messiah" (University of Notre Dame), Bach's "Magnificat in D Major" (St. Mark the Evangelist, Plano, Texas) and numerous early music groups.

William is currently ABD in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Choral Conducting at the University of Oklahoma, where he was the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Choral Leadership Award from the School of Music. Previous degrees include a Master of Sacred Music degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Butler University, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Transylvania University.

wigeorge@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1229 | Room 130


 Leonard Hayes

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Leonard Hayes

Head of Piano Studies, Music Conservatory Assistant Director

Concert Pianist Leonard Hayes is the Head of Piano Studies and Assistant Director of Music Conservatory in the Music Conservatory at the Booker T. Washington HSPVA (Dallas, TX) where he is a former student.

Mr. Hayes is a winner of numerous national piano competitions including first prize in the 2015 National Piano Competition sponsored by the National Association of Negro Musicians. As recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Hayes has performed across the U.S. and abroad which include notable venues such as Sweelinkzaal at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Wisconsin Union Theater, Hammond Hall at the Winspear Opera House, Steinway Hall (Dallas, TX and Appleton, WI), Hatch Hall and Kilbourn Hall (Eastman School of Music), Memorial Chapel (Lawrence University), Ayers Recital Hall (Texas Lutheran University) and Thrasher Opera House (Green Lake, WI). As a scholar, Leonard was awarded the prestigious 2015 Links Scholarship. The award, a cooperative effort between the Rochester, New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated and the Eastman School of Music, recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary talent of an African-American scholar musician.

A deeply committed teacher, Mr. Hayes’s former students have been accepted into undergraduate music programs such as the University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, Peabody Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, Loyola University and University of Nebraska – Lincoln. In 2017, Mr. Hayes received the distinction as a Steinway & Sons Educational Partner; and received the Steinway’s prestigious 2017 Top Teacher Award for his commitment to piano education in the Dallas community. Leonard’s previous faculty appointments were held at the Schenectady County Community College School of Music, Lawrence Academy of Music, and Appleton Music Academy. In July 2019 Mr. Hayes joined the International Solo Music Faculty at Festival Suoni D’Abruzzo in Ortona, Italy.

Mr. Hayes holds a High School Diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music. Currently, Mr. Hayes is pursuing a Master of Education, on full scholarship at the Southern Methodist University Annette Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

leohayes@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1232 | Room 236


Dr. Michael Jacko

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Dr. Michael Jacko

Music Conservatory Director, Head of Orchestral Studies

Michael Jacko grew up in the Metroplex and returned to Dallas in 2015 from the Washington, DC area. Since then, he has served as Head of Orchestral Studies at Booker T., and he has led the Music Conservatory since 2019. He has treasured each day, week, month, and year at Booker T. because of the astonishing growth that this school inspires in both its students and faculty.

Immediately prior to teaching at Booker T., while living in the nation's capital, Dr. Jacko served as Music Director of the Maryland Sinfonietta and the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra; as well as staff conductor for the Capital City Symphony, the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William. In Washington, Jacko also worked in the Music Department at the National Gallery of Art, where he served as Cover Conductor for the National Gallery of Art Orchestra. He conducted the Maryland Sinfonietta in the opening program of the National Gallery's 65th American Music Festival, which featured a selection of works by Cage, Copland, and Ives that the Washington Post called "fascinating," "illuminating," and "a rich study in American mythmaking." A devotee of American symphonic music, Jacko completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Maryland, in which he discussed the new editions of Charles Ives's Fourth Symphony.

Jacko began his conducting study while pursuing a degree from the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, he conducted the University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Jacko completed further studies at Bard College, the University of Denver, and the University of Maryland, where he served as Assistant Conductor to various instrumental, choral, and operatic ensembles. While at Bard, he coordinated and conducted a string ensemble for Noemie LaFrance’s site-­‐specific ballet, Rapture, staged atop the magnificent Frank Gehry-­‐designed Richard B. Fisher Center, and he also led the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra as a guest conductor.

mjacko@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1234 | Room 269


 Fredrick Sanders

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Fredrick Sanders

Head of Root, Jazz, & American Music (RJAM)

Dallas native Fredrick Sanders' masterful piano style, replete with youthful-yet seasoned chords, has been enthusiastically enjoyed by audiences ranging from elementary schools to  heads of state. He is well versed in a variety of modern jazz styles from New Orleans Trad, New Orleans Brass Bands, Swing, Bop to Advant-garde.
Sanders received his early jazz education at Arts Magnet High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Tx.  Mr. Sanders was recognized as Downbeat Outstanding Instrumentalist for Cello and was named High School arranger of the year for his arrangement of Dan Haerle's  “Crib Chimp”.

Sanders served as sideman for jazz greats such as Clark Terry, David "Fathead" Newman and Texas Tenor James Clay.  Mr. Sanders has strong ties to New Orleans; he studied with world renowned avant-garde clarinetist Alvin Batiste and can be heard on his CD entitled “Late”.

He has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, master jazz percussionist Herlin Riley,  bassist Roland Guerin and was an adjunct professor of jazz studies at Delgado Community  College and Tulane University.

Fredrick Sanders earned his Associate in Arts degree from Weatherford College in Weatherford, Tx. and Bachelors of Music from Texas State University in San Marcos, Tx. 

For over two decades he has been nationally and internationally recognized for his accomplishments as a performer, composer, arranger and educator. Sanders performs at several jazz festivals held world wide and has appeared with such artist as Erykah Badu, Benny Golson, and Roy Hargrove.

For six years Fredrick Sanders has been an adjunct professor of Commercial Music at Cedar Valley College, an instructor of jazz piano at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and piano instructor for Keys4Kids through the Dallas Jazz Piano Society.

fredsanders@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1251 | Room 238


 Larry Schnitzer

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Larry Schnitzer

Head of Winds & Percussion

Larry Schnitzer is currently the Head of Winds and Percussion at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Bands under Mr. Schnitzer's direction have earned 24 UIL Sweepstakes awards while winning 19 contests at both the regional and national levels in six different states. During his tenure, the Booker T. Washington HSPVA Wind Ensemble has been a feature performer in the "National Youth Concert Series" at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the UIL State Wind Ensemble Festival in Austin, and has been a national winner in the "Mark of Excellence" recording project. Mr. Schnitzer is an active clinician and adjudicator.

Courses taught- Wind Ensemble, Instrumental Technique, Music Theory, Conducting

All Wind Ensemble students will find information for their classes by logging in to www.charmsoffice.com

lschnitzer@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1237 | Room 273


 Steven Schrag

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Steven Schrag

Head of Guitar Studies

Mr. Schrag has played in live bands and studio sessions across the nation, and maintains an active performance schedule in addition to teaching.

sschrag@dallasisd.org | 972-925-8263 | Room 284


 Audra Scott

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Audra Scott

Head of Opera & Vocal Studies

This Award-winning soprano continues the steady ascent of her emerging career. She has received numerous accolades for her stunning vocal quality and artistry, by way of top ranking in both regional and national vocal competitions. Audra has been seen in the role of Strawberry Woman throughout Europe. Ms. Scott has performed with the tour of Porgy & Bess for the past ten years with the Munich-based Company, New York Harlem Theater. Ms. Scott has been seen in opera houses and theaters such as; Oper Leipzig, Bremen Music Theatre, Kölner Philharmonie, Komische Oper Berlin, Grand Théatre de Genéve, Chassé Theater (Netherlands), Amsterdam RAI, Le Colisée, Opéra de Massey and National theatre Mannheim to name a few. She has also been featured in a concert series entitled, 'Christmas Dreams from America' presented in churches throughout Germany. Ms. Scott has been presented in recital throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Houston, Prairie View, Arizona, Minnesota, Utah and California. She has trained as a young artist with Amarillo Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Dallas Opera. Ms. Scott has also been seen at the Historic Jubilee Theater in Fort Worth, TX. Ms. Scott will debut with the Fort Worth Opera as Lily in their production of Porgy & Bess spring of 2019. Ms. Scott was recently presented in concert at the Toruń International Music Festival in Toruń, Poland.

As a musician Ms. Scott's career does not stop with her, it extends to the education of others. Ms. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts from Prairie View A &M University and a Master of Music from University of Arizona, both degrees specializing in vocal performing.  Ms. Scott worked as a voice teacher in Richardson ISD while completing her Artist Certificate from Southern Methodist University. She also taught studio production in Houston for various recording artist.  Ms. Scott served as a choral director with the Fort Worth Independent School District for 8 years. Ms. Scott now holds the position of Opera & Gospel Director at  Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Scott also serves as co-owner/operator of the non- profit organization, Music Mentors of Texas. 

Last but certainly not least, Ms. Scott has released her first cd; A collection of spirituals and hymns that have been arranged with elements of jazz and classical. The cd is entitled, A Long Road and the single, "Wade in the Water" can be found on Itunes, Cd baby and through Audra Scott music on Facebook. Ms. Scott dedicates her life to the character building of students and other aspiring musicians through music and world traveling. 

audscott@dallasisd.org | 972-925-1240 | Room 230