CHI-CHI KING - Head Director
CHI-CHI KING is beginning her 23rd year as the Head Director of Choirs at Keller High School where her choirs have consistently won the Sweepstakes Trophy at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contests and 1st place trophies at music festivals in Texas, Florida, and California. Her choirs have performed at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Bath Abbey in Bath, England, Sant Stefano al Ponte in Florence, Italy, Sant’ Agnese in Agone in Rome, St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Chartres and Rouen Cathedrals in France as well as the American Cemetery in Normandy. Her previous teaching experience was at Keller Middle School for 1 ½ years and as an elementary school music teacher for 9 years. Mrs. King served as the Region 2 Vocal Chair from 2010-2012. She has been a member of the Fort Worth Chorale (formerly Schola Cantorum of Texas) since 1984 and serves as the Soprano Section Leader of this performing group.
Mrs. King began her freshman year at Texas Tech University as a cello major. She decided to take voice lessons during summer school following her freshman year and felt an absolute kinship with the singing voice. When she appeared in her 1st opera production as a gypsy in Bizet’s Carmen, she was hooked. She sold the cello for a piano and never looked back. She has performed in many college and repertory musicals and operettas, and has sung as a soloist in churches, weddings, and other functions. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University, a Masters in Music Education with Vocal Pedagogy Emphasis degree from the University of North Texas, and has completed coursework toward a Doctorate in Fine Arts, also at Texas Tech University.
Mrs. King has been nominated several times to Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers and received the UIL Sponsorship Excellence Award at Keller High School in 2000. She is also the recipient of the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for Keller High School.
In 2012, her Varsity Mixed Choir was invited to perform for the State Board of Education in Austin. In 2013-2014, her Varsity Treble Choir, the Chanteurs, was selected to perform for the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio, a huge honor awarded to only a few Texas choirs each year. In 2016-2017, the Chanteurs was given the honor of performing for the National American Choral Directors Association Conference in Minneapolis. Out of more than 300 applicants, this fine choir was one of only 17 choirs throughout the United States chosen for this unprecedented honor.
ZACH STEELE - Assistant Director
Zach Steele graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. While at Tarleton, he served as a student conductor for both the Chamber Choir and University Singers. Additionally, he was a co-founder & director of the TSU Men's Choir and was instrumental in the extracurricular ensemble's transformation into an official university course offering.
During his time as an undergraduate, Mr. Steele earned many honors and awards in vocal performance such as finalist and winner in National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions, featured baritone soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Tarleton State University's 2015 Center Stage Performance Scholar. He performed with TSU's choirs in Ireland, Japan and New York City. In addition, he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in choral music education from Texas Tech University.
Mr. Steele comes to Keller High from Lewisville ISD where he taught choir at both Briarhill and Durham Middle School. Prior to that, he was the Elementary Music Specialist at Willis Lane Elementary in Keller. He is thrilled to return to Keller ISD and to his alma mater and to teach in the place where he acquired his love for choral music. In his time at KHS, he was a member of the TMEA All-State Choir, a member of Tribe Show Choir, a choir officer, and a frequent participant in musical productions. Currently, he is also a staff singer at St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Bedford, and performs with the Fort Worth Chorale (Schola Cantorum of Texas). He is thrilled to bring his passion for mentoring students, teaching choral music, and living life to the fullest to this thriving program.