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Kimberly McConnell,
Director of Choirs

kimberly.mcconnell@gcisd.net
817-305-4726

Bio coming soon.

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jenna.hernandez@gcisd.net
Office: 
817-305-4750

Mrs. McLean is in her fourth year of teaching public school choir.  She holds a bachelors degree in choral music education and a masters degree in conducting with a choral emphasis from Baylor University.  In between her undergraduate and graduate studies she taught in Salem, Oregon where her choirs received superior ratings at contest and were invited to perform at regional music education conventions.

In addition to her work as an educator Mrs. McLean is also an active professional ensemble singer.  Recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Voces8 US Scholars, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas Chamber Choir, Incarnatus, Servire, Verdigris, and the Highland Park Chorale.

In her free time Mrs. McLean enjoys hiking and finding new adventures with her husband, Will, and beloved dog, Hildy.

Jenna Hernandez McLean, Assistant Director
 

Dr.  Allison Rohrer, Voice Teacher

Mezzo-soprano Allison Rohrer received her Bachelor of Music in Voice and Bachelor of Music Education in Voice degrees from Indiana University and studied with Martina Arroyo and Mary Ann Hart. 

While at Indiana University, she participated in the Lied seminar of Leonard Hokanson. In 1999 she attended the German for Singers program at Middlebury College in Vermont. She was awarded a full fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival, and was a member of the vocal performance studies program, which focused on Lied and vocal chamber music. While at Aspen, Allison was a winner of the vocal concerto competition. In 2002 she won a Fulbright scholarship to Düsseldorf, Germany where she studied at the Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik with Kammersängerin Jeanne Piland. Allison was a young artist at Central City Opera, San Francisco Opera Center’s Merola Opera Program, and Music Academy of the West. Allison completed her Master of Music in Voice and Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice degrees at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music where she studied with Tom Baresel. While living in Cincinnati, Allison performed regularly with the Wagner Society of Cincinnati. She has performed such roles as Alma March in Little Women, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Giovanna in Rigoletto, and Miss Wingrave in Owen Wingrave. Allison just moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area from Germany where she was auditioning and performing.

Michael Rausch, Voice Teacher

Michael Rausch, tenor, received his BM in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University in 2001 while studying with Richard Estes. He also received his MM in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory in 

2007 where he studied with former Fort Worth Opera Young Artist teacher Rebecca Folsom.

 

From 2001-2002 Mr. Rausch performed with the Dallas Children’s Theatre national tour, and in 2006, he made his operatic debut as Achilles in Iphigénie en Aulide with Boston Opera Collaborative.  His most recent operatic role was as a guest artist with TCU  where he played Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.  Other lead operatic roles include The Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with The Boston Conservatory, Donald in Gallantry with MetroWest Opera, and Joseph Garcin in No Exit with Guerilla Opera.  In DFW, Michael has performed with the Fort Worth Opera at the Bass Hall in all three productions of their 2009 festival season, and as a soloist at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

 

In addition to his operatic performances, Mr. Rausch has several musical theater credits to his name, some of which include: Ravenal in Showboat, The Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress, the Leading Player in Pippin, Hysterium in Forum, Cliff in Cabaret, Paul in Company, Billy Flynn in Chicago and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance. In addition to singing, Michael has also served as music director for several local musical productions. 

 

Michael has been part oft he CHHS voice staff for 12 years.  He currently resides in Denton with his wife, Mandy, son, Zachary, and pit bull, Carmen.