Director of Choirs and AP Music Theoryvuf@friscoisd.org office: 469-633-5635
Francis Vu is the Director of Choirs & AP Music Theory 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 and Excellent 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 also 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 TMEA 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 Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Jonathan Reed, and Dr. Sandra Snow. In March 2018, Francis will be competing in the Southwestern ACDA Graduate Conducting Semifinals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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 Dr. Lynne Gackle and Dr. Alan Raines.
Francis’s professional services include serving as a clinician for choirs such as the Rice MS TMEA Tenor-Bass Choir, and teacher/adjudicator for various districts in the area such as the annual Gunter HS Small-School Area Clinic, as well as singing in choirs in the Dallas area such as the Turtle Creek Chorale and St. Mark’s Schola. His most recent collaboration was with the TCC Chamber Chorus and the Houston Chamber Ringers in concert down in Houston, TX.
Francis’s hobbies include dance and cooking. While at Baylor, he studied different genres of dance, primarily in ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Eventually, he went on to perform professionally with the TEXAS Ballet Company in their 2013 season. He continues to teach Zumba classes throughout Dallas, TX.
A proud member of TMEA, TCDA, 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. His large family consisting of two amazing parents and four tightly-knit siblings.
CHS Voice Faculty
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.