Staff and Board of Directors
Carole Nelson has been on the staff of Houston Boychoir since 1991. In addition to annual concerts, she has prepared the boys for work with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, The Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Choruses and Opera as numerous other organizations. She has taken the choir each year on concert tours to numerous venues in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, Taiwan, East Germany and most recently South Africa.
For 25 years Ms. Nelson served Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a choir director and voice teacher where her teaching was nationally recognized and her students were consistently accepted into the top schools of music and conservatories across the country. Ms. Nelson has served as the Director of the Voice faculty for AFA.
She is a graduate of the University of Houston Moores School of Music, Magna Cum Laude and has served as a clinician for choirs across the country. Ms. Nelson is affiliated with TMEA, TCDA, and she is the R & S Chair for Boychoirs in the Southwest Division of ACDA. She is grateful for the entire Artistic and Administrative staff of the Houston Boychoir; who together set the standard for the best musical education for boys.
John Markert maintains a career as pianist, organist, flutist, church musician, and choir director. He attributes his love of music to having grown up singing in the Victoria Children‘s Choir. Most recently as the Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church, Mr. Markert initiated several programs including the Scholarship Singers to create opportunities for high school students to intern as paid professional choristers, HymnFest in 2007, an annual event to provide area elementary students an experience to lead a hymn festival along with nationally renowned organists, and the Heights Community Children’s Choir in 2012.
As a performer, John has worked internationally with instrumentalists and choral groups in Manila and Bangkok and with flutist Catherine LeGrand in a cultural exchange concert at the Göethe Institute, Bangkok, under the auspices of the US Embassy.
Mr. Markert attended University of Houston and Indiana University, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in organ performance respectively. John is the choir director at Northbrook High School Boychoir in 2015 and when he is not teaching John likes to spend time attending workshops and traveling to Thailand!
Holly Holt has been with the Houston Boychoir since 2001. In addition to her work with HBC, she is the Elementary Specialist for the Presbyterian School here in Houston. Previous to her position at the Presbyterian School, Holly was the music teacher and elementary choir director at The Rice School/La Escuela Rice where she was voted "Teacher of the Year" in 2003.
Ms. Holt has served as guest clinician/director for the Spring ISD Elementary Honor Choir, presented for Alliance Music at the 2006 TMEA convention, and both her Rice School Choirs and the Houston Boychoir have been presented at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA). Her choirs regulary perform around the city for events such as the Hear the Future concerts with the Houston Chamber Choir and the 10th anniversary celebration for the Center for the Healing of Racism.
Ms. Holt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southwest Baptist University, where she graduated Cum Laude, was voted Most Outstanding Music Graduate, and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda. She has also earned a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and is Kodaly Certified.
Vasti Cantú Adkins
Vasti Cantú Adkins is starting her third year teaching. She is the Elementary Music Specialist and Choir Director at Harvard Elementary School. She is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and she received her Bachelor of Music Education from Houston Baptist University.
Mrs. Adkins has taught piano, general music, and voice at St. Andrew’s School of Fine Arts, (SOFA) and Wunder Academy. She has held staff musician positions at churches in the Houston area including: Iglesia Fe y Poder, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and at Christian Tabernacle. She was a member of the ensemble, FOCUS at Houston Baptist University from 2009-2012. During the 2014-2015 school year she was the Assistant Choir Director at Johnston Middle School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Vasti has worked with Houston Boychoir over the years assisting directors and we are thrilled to welcome her as the newest member of our team.
Christopher Fiorini is the head choir director at Langham Creek High School in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. Under his direction his choir consistently win Sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sightreading, have placed numerous times in the top 3 at the prestigious American Classics Madrigal Festival in San Antonio and have been invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. In addition to his work at Langham Creek, Mr. Fiorini also serves as the Vocal Region Chair for Region 27.
Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston where he was a member of the Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Betsy Cook Weber. He remains active as a singer, clinician, and adjudicator in the greater Houston area. Mr. Fiorini is married to the love of his life Rachel and they have one cat named Daisy.
Tim Browning sang with Houston Boychoir from 1992 - 1994, including a tour of Taiwan. After graduating from HSPVA, he studied instrumental and choral directing in college. He is a regular clinician with At First Sight string workshop in Tennessee. Tim is a private music teacher and owner of Art of Sound Music School, Contemporary Worship Leader at Kinsmen Lutheran Church, and sings with VOX - the Rob Seible Singers.
Board of Directors
* Gene McKelvey, president
Mark Winchell, treasurer
Jayne Fowler, secretary
* Matthew Fowler
* Paul Roch
* Tom Tinsley
* Scott Allen
* Neeki Bey
Dr. Wendell Mendell
Rev. Dr. Robert Moore
Dr. Robert Nelson
Dr. Michael Remson
*Houston Boychoir Alumnus