2018 All-County Choir Clinicians


HS Women's Choir Director 

Deah McReynolds holds a Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting and Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida.  Deah is Artistic Director for Lumina Youth Choirs, Youth Choir in Residence at the University of South Florida.  This diversified program of vocal arts sustains seven choirs of boys and girls, ages 6-18, which perform locally, nationally and internationally in choral festival, concert and competition settings. She is Conductor of Lumina Stele & Voci de Lumina.  Both choirs toured Ireland in March 2014 where they were honored to be guest performers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.  Stele and Voci are excited to be performing a cathedral concert tour in Montreal and Quebec, Canada in July 2017.

An active adjudicator and clinician, Deah most recently served as stage clinician for the Florida Vocal Association's District 7 & District 9 Choral 2017 Music Performance Assessments, and as adjudicator for District 5 Solo & Ensemble contest.  She was Conductor for the 2016 Collier All-County Middle School Choir.  In 2015 she served as adjudicator for FVA Solo & Ensemble contests in District 7 & District 8.   She served as conductor of the Hillsborough All-County High School Women’s Chorus and Polk County Elementary Showcase Girl’s Choir in 2014.  Deah has been clinician and conductor for the Hillsborough Elementary Fine Arts Festival All-County Chorus since 2014.

Mrs. McReynolds has extensive experience working with choirs of all ages. In February 2016 she was honored to conduct the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay Ensemble Singers and violinist and composer Ittai Shapira in the Bay area premiere of his composition, “The Ethics”.  During the 2016-2017 season as conductor for the Master Chorale Ensemble Singers, she helped create and launch the Outreach and Youth Education Initiative. This program brought in-class workshops and formal concert experiences to over 1000 elementary students in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.  While attending USF she conducted the USF Chamber Singers, Collegium and Collegiate choirs.  As Choral Director at Adams Middle School in Tampa, she oversaw a program of 230 students in 5 choirs.  While at AMS, her choirs consistently earned Superior ratings at Music Performance Assessments as well as other music festivals across Florida.  Deah was also Artist in Residence at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts teaching voice and an Elementary Music Specialist for the Hillsborough County Public Schools.

In 2016, Deah had the pleasure of singing with Kristin Chenoweth at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.   In 2015, Deah was in the ensemble cast for two events in the Sarasota Orchestra Broadway Pops series starring Susan Egan, Allie Mauzey and Kyle Dean Massey.  In 2014, Mrs. McReynolds was a featured soloist with the Florida Orchestra in performances of Video Games RePlay and again for The Orchestra Sings educational outreach concerts. She is an active member of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and has enjoyed singing as a soloist and with various ensembles throughout the Tampa Bay area for more than 25 years. Her professional memberships include the Florida Vocal Association, American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Educators.

J Reese Norris

MS Mixed Choir Director 

J Reese Norris is director of choirs at Hernando Middle School and is co-founder, co-artistic director of CoroRio, both in Northwest Mississippi. Reese received degrees from Delta State University and Florida State University, and in 2005 was named Delta State University Music Alumnus of the year. Mr. Norris was the 2017 recipient of MMEA's Music Educator of the Year, the Ernestine Ferrell Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Mississippi Chapter of ACDA and the Delta State University Educator of the Year Award. 

Reese has served in several leadership capacities for state-level NAfME and ACDA, and at the division level for ACDA. Choirs under his direction have performed in Carnegie Hall, at the National Conference for Middle School Choirs, twice for Mississippi ACDA's State Conference, twice for ACDA's Southern Division Conference, and are slated to perform at the 2018 OAKE National Conference in Oklahoma City.

Reese has been honored to serve as guest clinician across the Eastern US . His compositions and arrangements are published by Lawson-Gould, Santa Barbara, Colla Voce, G. Schirmer and MusicSpoke.


HS Mixed Choir Director


Dr. Troy Robertson is the Director of Choirs at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where he conducts University Singers, Select Women’s Ensemble, Texan Gentlemen, and Chamber Choir. Tarleton choirs are renowned for excellence: Tarleton’s Chamber Choir recently performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall and toured parts of Japan. Robertson is also the conductor of the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale, a community ensemble whose season regularly includes collaboration with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. This season includes performances of G.F. Handel’s Messiahand Johannes Brahms’s Requiem. Past performances under Robertson’s direction include Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, John Rutter’s Gloriaand Magnificat, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. 

Dr. Robertson is an avid composer. His compositions include “In Meeting We Are Blessed,” for SATB chorus and percussion, and “Love’s Fool” for TTBB chorus and piano, part of the André Thomas Choral Series. The Florida State University Singers premiered his composition, "This Mystery," under the direction of Kevin Fenton at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Ensembles across the country have performed his works, which are published with Hinshaw Music and Colla Voce Music. Robertson studied composition with Mark Kilstofte and André Thomas.  

An active clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Robertson has served in festivals across the United States. This year will take him to California, Virginia and around the state of Texas. Dr. Robertson was named a fellow of the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute’s Transient Glory Symposium, an honor that included study with Francisco Nuñez, conductor of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Grant Gershon, conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and John Corigliano, Grammy, Pulitzer, and Academy Award-winning composer. As part of the symposium Dr. Robertson conducted the Young People’s Chorus in performance in Carnegie's Zankel Hall.

Before coming to Tarleton, Dr. Robertson was Assistant Professor of Music Education at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. He served for several years as choral director at East Gaston High School in Mount Holly, North Carolina. While at East Gaston, his choruses performed in festivals in North Carolina, earning a reputation of excellence as well as consistent superior ratings, and traveled to locations in Florida, Virginia, and New York's Carnegie Hall. Dr. Robertson taught alongside Trip McGill as co-conductor of the Gaston County Choral Ensemble. He also served as associate conductor of the Charlotte Oratorio Singers and Charlotte Chamber Singers under Scott Allen Jarrett, choral ensembles affiliated with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. In that capacity he assisted in the preparation of large and small-scale choral-orchestral works for conductors Christof Perick and Alan Yamamoto.

Dr. Robertson holds degrees from Florida State University (Ph.D.), the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (M.M.), and Furman University (B.M.Ed.). He is a lifetime member of ACDA and an active member of NCCO, TMEA, and TCDA. He is married to Dr. Stephanie Robertson, and the two of them make their home in Stephenville, Texas, with their son, Winton.