Director of Choirsvuf@friscoisd.org office: 469-633-5635
Francis Vu is the Director of Choirs at Centennial High School, where he directs the A Cappella Women, Titan Men, Bella Voce, and Lyric choirs, along with Vibe, the premier vocal jazz ensemble. Previously, Francis taught at McKinney HS in McKinney, TX, and Rouse HS in Austin, TX. His choirs have received consistent Superior ratings in concert and sight reading at UIL Contest, and his students have enjoyed the experience of singing in the All-Region and All-State choirs.
Francis serves as the Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale Chamber Chorus. Auditioned from the main chorus, this 30-voice men’s chorus performs two concert series a year – one in the Fall semester, and another in the Spring semester.
In the summer of 2017, Francis was awarded the TCDA Graduate Student Scholarship to begin his Master’s studies at Michigan State University. He is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, studying under Drs. David Rayl, Jonathan Reed, and Sandra Snow. In March 2018, Francis competed in the Southwestern ACDA Graduate Conducting Semifinals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was selected as the Runner Up. His undergraduate degree, a Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Music Education with a Voice concentration, is from Baylor University, where he sang under the directions of Drs. Lynne Gackle and Alan Raines.
In July of 2018, Francis was nominated and selected as the Texas Choral Directors Association Young Director of Distinction. A year prior, Francis was awarded the Turtle Creek Chorale Upcoming Director Award. In addition, Francis’s professional services include serving as a clinician for choirs such as the Region 25 MS Tenor-Bass Choir and the Rice MS TMEA Tenor-Bass Choir. He also served as the Region 24 Mixed Choir Organizer. Francis has presented at teacher in-services in Frisco ISD and McKinney ISD, and has served as adjudicator for various districts in the area, most recently as a UIL judge for Region 20’s UIL Concert/Sight Reading Contest as well as the annual Gunter HS Small-School Area Clinic. Francis sings in choirs in the Dallas area such as the Turtle Creek Chorale and St. Mark’s Schola. His most recent collaboration was with the Turtle Creek Chorale at the Southwest ACDA performance in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
A proud member of TMEA, TCDA, ACDA, and NAfME, Francis’s passion for teaching choral music stems from the belief that “music truly can change lives.” He loves his job, and he loves spending time with his wonderful partner, Kyle, his family, and his friends.
CHS Voice Faculty, Soprano
Nereida García, soprano, has sung in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Ms. García has performed with Opera in the Heights, The Living Opera, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, UNT Grand Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Soma International Foundation, Foundation for Modern Music, was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, and Artist in Residence with Amarillo Opera.
She has sung as the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Mirjam’s Siegesgesang, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria, Brahms Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Mary Warren in The Crucible, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon.
As a former resident of Houston, Ms. García performed annually for the World Affairs Council of Houston Language Symposia to encourage the foreign language endeavors of Houston-area students, as well as other concerts in support of educational funding. She has performed for the Honorable George H. W. Bush, former Consulate General of France Sujiro Seam, former Consulate General of Italy Fabrizio Nava, and has represented her family’s home state in Mexico at the 2014 International Festival of Tamaulipas.
Her recent engagements include her recital tour titled “Popurrí Musical: Raíces Hispanoamericanas,” performing as soloist for the TMEA Texas All-State Small School Mixed Choir in Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and joining the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Choir choral tour as soprano soloist. Recent and upcoming honors and performances include singing with the Women’s Chorus of Dallas, receiving their annually awarded “A Woman’s Voice Award,” joining the Frisco Chorale as guest soloist, and performing as Nedda in I pagliacci in 2019 for the Soma International Foundation of Houston in support of the Lois Alba Aria Competition.
This academic year, Miss García will continue her in work in academia, teaching Applied Voice, Vocal Literature and Opera Workshop with the University of Texas at Arlington, in addition to coordinating community engaging student performances, and maintaining her private studios in Dallas, Frisco, and the Rio Grande Valley.
CHS Voice Faculty, Soprano
RaeAnne Landrum holds a degree in Music Education with vocal emphasis from Abilene Christian University. Her teaching experience encompasses all ages and includes elementary music, middle school choir and early childhood music classes as well as teaching private voice at the middle school and high school levels. In addition to her love for singing, Mrs. Landrum also holds a special place in her heart for the band. She played the oboe through high school and into her college years. She serves on the Band Boosters Board at Centennial High School where her son is currently a member of the band and her daughter, who has graduated, was involved in the band and choir.
Mrs. Landrum truly enjoys spending time with students and helping them not only improve their singing skills, but also teaching them to develop a love of many types of music. She strives to have her students bring joy to themselves and others through their singing.
If you have an interest in taking lessons with Mrs. Landrum or have questions, please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.