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Dr. Emily Saenz is delighted to head the choir program at Benbrook Middle High School. Winner of the 2021 "Friedman Chair of Excellence in Teaching" award, Dr. Saenz has led the BMHS choir's to win UIL sweepstakes each year. In addition to her work at Benbrook, Emily spearheads FWISD’s educational partnership with the NY Metropolitan Opera, via the “MET Live in HD Education Program" and writes curriculum for the Met's Educational programming which is used in schools around the world. Emily holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Louisville, and a Doctorate of Music Arts degree in Voice from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her work as a teacher and conductor, Emily performs both operatic and concert repertoire throughout the DFW metroplex. She lives in Ft. Worth with her husband Carlos and their two children.
Mr. Chris Wilson has a wide range of musical experience, including performing many diverse musical styles (from barbershop to classical, jazz to gospel to musical theater), teaching at several age levels, directing church choirs, teaching private voice, and playing a variety of instruments. This is Chris’ 17th year in public education as a choir director, and he is excited to be joining the Benbrook choir program. Chris graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor's in Music Education, where he performed with the Chamber Singers, A Cappella Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Marching band. He also performed with Vocal Majority Men’s Chorus, and Paradigm Vocal Ensemble. In addition to his role as a public-school educator, Chris is also a church music director. He is currently the music director at University UMC in Fort Worth where he directs the choir for their traditional service. Chris is a sought-out choir clinician and judge. His choirs consistently earn Sweepstakes and First Division ratings at UIL competitions. Chris is married to his wonderful wife Heather, and they have three children Nevaeha, Nathaniel and Noelle.
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