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JOY HOPE RETIRING AS GHS CHOIR DIRECTOR
May 23, 2016
Joy Hope is retiring as Granbury High School choir director at the end of the 2015-16 school year, after completing her 24th year of teaching in Granbury ISD.
For the choir’s spring concert, the booster club commissioned a choral arrangement of “My Old Kentucky Home” with the song performed by current students and several alumni returning for Hope’s final concert, which included the retiring director leading the group in the traditional “Bless Us This Day” to close the concert.
Hope became the head choir director in 2008, when long-time leader Duncan McMahan stepped down. She also served as the high school’s fine arts department head.
During her tenure, GHS consistently earned sweepstakes honors for multiple ensembles – a record the choir has maintained since 1987. This year, five of six groups from GHS and Crossland Ninth Grade Center received the top recognition with Division I superior ratings in both concert and sightreading competition.
Under Hope’s direction, the GHS varsity treble choir had the distinction of being selected as a Texas Music Educator Association honor choir in 2000. Hope helped many students become All-State singers through the TMEA audition process. She also had the privilege of directing two middle school region choir.
Hope led choir students on trips to perform at famous landmarks – Carnegie Hall in New York, St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, as well as the World War II memorial and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. This summer, she will led a choir delegation to Ireland.
She also helped direct several choir musicals including most recent productions of My Fair Lady, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Brigadoon, Beauty and the Beast, The Pajama Game, and Pippin.
A Kentucky native, Hope was a member of the Kentucky All-State Choir in addition to being selected to represent her state in America’s Youth in concert during a U.S. and European tour in 1976. She received her undergraduate degree in music education with honors from the University of Louisville and later earned a Master in Music in vocal performance and pedagogy from Texas Christian University, where she also taught in the preparatory department.
Hope has performed as a soloist at numerous college, church, and community events all over the country. She also has served as the organist for Acton Baptist Church.
Links to Related Information:
- 4/15/2016: Granbury Choirs Claim Sweepstakes Honors
- 3/30/2016: Choir Students Earn Medals at Solo and Ensemble Contest
- 3/30/2016: Choir Dinner Theater Set for April 30 at GHS
- 3/9/2016: Some School Projects Set to Open After Spring Break
- 2/15/2016: Granbury Bands and Choirs Holding Pre-UIL Concerts
- 2/15/2016: Seven Musicians Perform with All-State Ensembles
- 1/21/2016: School Board Honors All-State, Art, and Rifle Team Students at Monthly Meeting
- 1/11/2016: Five Granbury Students Make All-State Choirs
- 12/18/2015: Fine Arts Groups Hold Christmas Concerts
- 12/4/2015: GHS Choir Entertains Chamber Luncheon Crowd
- 11/30/2015: Eight Choir Students Make Final All-State Audition Round
- 11/16/2015: Choir Students Perform at Region and District Concert
- 10/14/2015: Granbury Students Make Region and District Choirs
- 9/21/2015: Granbury Choir Students Advance to Regional Auditions
- 9/4/2015: Granbury Choir Set for Momentous Year