Jade Blakey – Director
Growing up in Conroe, Texas, Jade Blakey began her choral experience with Dr. Bob Horton, Erin Norvelle Bodhaine, and Lynn Bull at The Woodlands High School. While in high school, she studied voice with Diana Storezbach, and was a founding board member for The Woodlands Chorale, a non-profit civic chorus.
Mrs. Blakey went on to Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis and additional coursework in both music theory and Orff-Schulwerk. She studied voice with Ann Borders, and conducting with Dr. Brad Holmes and Dr. Guy Forbes. She presented at conferences both regionally and nationally, and she has been published for her assistance in a research project on an iPad app involving early childhood music. Mrs. Blakey, growing up in dance and musical theatre programs, also choreographed for local school choirs.
She began her teaching career at Clear Lake High School in 2014, and has been the head director since 2017. Always anxious to continue growing as an educator, Mrs. Blakey has completed her Kodaly level 1 and 2 training at the SMU-Plano program. She is married to Adam, a band director at Manvel High School. She is looking forward to a great year full of growth and memories!
Fredy Bonilla – Associate Director
Fredy Bonilla, baritone, began his choral experience under Scott Houston at Lamar High School in HISD. He received his BM in Music Education in 2013 from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston where he studied voice under Héctor Vásquez. While at Moores he was a member of the Moores School Concert Chorale and the Moores Opera Center.
He is the former choir director of Kerr High School in Alief ISD where he lead the men’s choruses and mixed choir. He worked in Alief ISD for 5 years where he is High School Choir lead and served as TMEA Region 23 secretary. Choirs under his direction have earned superior rating awards, UIL “Sweepstakes”, and best in class awards. His students have also received numerous superior solo and ensemble ratings, state superior ratings, and state outstanding performer awards.
Mr. Bonilla is an active singer with various ensembles in the Houston area. He has performed and done cathedral tours in England as section leader and soloist with Chorus Angelorum and Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal). He has also performed with Cantare Houston, Houston Chamber Choir, Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Symphony Chorus.