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Vocal Music


Upper School student, Bonnie Ryan, leading in worship.

Let George Do It featuring PCA's 2nd grade class
(February)


PCA Honor Choir students serving and performing at a local
Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child processing center
with Franklin Graham. (December 2015)


MS teacher, Lisa Gervig, with Emily Pope, featured soloist in the new "MS Jam" program (May 2016)


Praise Team singers at PCA's Back-To-School
All-School Worship celebrating PCA's 20th year.
(August 2016)


PCA's incredible vocal music faculty (August 2016)


PCA Honor Choir warming up for a festival performance (February 2016)


About PCA's Vocal Music program

The mission of Prestonwood Christian Academy’s vocal music program is to expose every child to multiple aspects of music, to enrich the PCA Community with a healthy and vibrant artistic culture, and to glorify God as we strive for excellence in the development of the musical gifts He has given.

Middle School Choir students at Music Across Texas festival
(May 2016)


Upper School Choir students leading in All-School Worship

Lower School

As children enter the vocal music program in the Lower School, the goal is for them to have fun and enjoy their time in music class. Students are exposed to foundational concepts such as rhythm, beat, solfege, and simple choral techniques. Students perform at events like the annual First Grade production of “The Easter Miracle,” the Second Grade production of “Let George Do It,” and the Third Grade Christmas chapel.

Middle School

In Fifth grade, students spend one semester in Choir and one semester in Art. In Sixth grade, students get the option of taking Band for a year or taking a semester of Choir and a semester of Art.

Beginning in Seventh Grade, students are given the option to participate in choir as a year-long course. Vocal music in Middle School becomes more advanced focusing on sight-reading, rhythmic dictation, Western Music History, 3-part repertoire, and choral technique. Students are given many opportunities to grow as choral members by participating in various performances throughout the year including Christmas and Spring concerts as well as TPSMEA, Solo and Ensemble and the ACSI Choral festival.

Upper School

In Upper School, the focus is primarily on performance skills with repertoire becoming more advanced. Students are given many opportunities to perform and sharpen their skills. Students sing in chapel band, lead in All-School worship services, participate in musicals, audition for All-State choir, and sing solos in class and at special events throughout the school. The Upper School choir gives annual Christmas and spring concerts as well as performing in local festival and community concerts. Students continue to learn more advanced theory concepts as well as vocal and choral techniques. Students may also take choir for Honors credit, giving them the chance to earn a higher GPA. Honors students are required to audition for All-State, sing solos in class, complete more complicated theory work, and complete written critiques of choral performances.

Honor Choir

PCA's Honor Choir is an auditioned vocal ensemble with a proud tradition of vocal excellence and award-winning festival performances. Auditions take place in September of each year and are open to students in Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade. The Honor Choir represents PCA at many school events as well as festival and community appearances.


Vocal Music Faculty


Joel T. Rutherford

Director of Fine Arts
Upper School / Honor Choir
jrutherford@prestonwoodchristian.org
972-930-4042

Joel T. Rutherford was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He completed degrees in Vocal Performance, Opera, and Music Education before moving to Toronto to work in musical theatre. Following a short stint in Toronto, he was recruited to sing bass for the International Award-winning, and Dallas-based vocal quartet, ACOUSTIX. Joel relocated to Dallas in June, 1997 and, since joining ACOUSTIX, has performed for audiences in over 40 states, 5 provinces, and seven countries around the world. ACOUSTIX has released 4 CDs since Joel joined them in 1997. Joel is active in the Dallas area as a session singer and continues to perform throughout the country with ACOUSTIX on a regular basis. Joel joined the faculty of PCA in 2001 teaching vocal music for grades 3-12 and leading music in chapel services. He became the Director of Fine Arts in 2004, and continues to teach the high school choir class as well as direct the PCA Honor Choir and lead music for multiple chapel services weekly. In addition to teaching and administrative duties, Joel has served as musical director for numerous PCA musical productions, including Singin' in the Rain, Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Seussical, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone, Into the Woods, 42nd Street, Little Women: The Musical, etc. Joel and his beautiful wife, Heather, reside in The Colony with their two children; Joshua and Grace.



Lisa Gervig

5-8th Grade Choir
Fine Arts Administrative Assistant
lgervig@prestonwoodchristian.org
972-930-4043

Lisa Gervig was born and raised in Texas and, upon high school graduation, moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration and Music Minor at Belmont University in 2002. Mrs. Gervig has had extensive performing experience, working at several professional and local theatre venues during college, in addition to singing with various cover bands since her return to Dallas in 2004. She has performed in many locations throughout the Dallas area, including Dallas’ own House of Blues. In 2006, she was featured as a top sixteen finalist in the first season of Gospel Music Channel’s “Gospel Dream.” She has also performed at the SXSW music festival a few times. Lisa has studied voice classically and commercially. She has been at PCA since 2007 and enjoys spending time with her husband and family, songwriting and watching movies.



Jennifer Young

2nd - 5th Grade Music
Upper School Accompanist
jyoung@prestonwoodchristian.org
972-930-4031

Jennifer Young was born and raised in a small town in East Texas. She attributes her love of music to her amazing piano teachers. Mrs. Young received her Bachelors and Masters of Music with an emphasis in Piano performance and Pedagogy from East Texas State University where she was a member of Kappa Delta and Tau Beta Sigma Sororities. While there on a full music and academic scholarship she received the award of Outstanding Musician two times and was inducted into the Alpha Chi honor society. She has taught private piano for over twenty years and accompanied professionally. Shortly after college, Jennifer felt called by the Lord to teach music in schools and has taught in private Christian schools ever since as well as directed children’s choirs and played piano in church. Jennifer met and married her husband, Roger- also a music major, in college. They have two wonderful boys that keep them extremely busy.



Nancy Williams

Pre-K3 - 1st Grade Music
nwilliams@prestonwoodchristian.org
972-930-4113

Nancy Williams came to PCA in 1997 from the Dallas Independent School District where she taught elementary music at Stonewall Elementary and intermediate music at Robert T. Hill, Thomas C. Marsh, and Ewell D. Walker Middle Schools. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Texas. Soon after graduating, she was hired to teach elementary music at the American Schools Clark Air Base in the Philippines. She nearly took the opportunity until her future husband, Larry, made her an offer she couldn't refuse. She has done post-graduate work in the areas of elementary and early childhood music education through several North Texas universities, as well as played Flute in the Prestonwood Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Dallas orchestra. She enjoys spending time with her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, and she and her husband Larry reside in Richardson.



Cindy Arredondo

PK-6th Grade Music - PCA North
carredondo@prestonwoodchristian.org

Cindy Arredondo is a native Texan born in the Southeast town of Groves. She attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas on a music scholarship where she majored in voice and piano. She is a member of Kappa Delta and Delta Omicron Music Honor Society. She was also honored to be chosen as one of the top graduates of her class. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in both music and elementary education. Her dream was to sing on Broadway. After taking a music education class, she discovered that she had a gift for teaching children. Cindy dedicated her life and voice to God’s service when she was 19 years old. After college, she moved to Dallas where she joined Prestonwood Baptist Church in 1985. Dick Baker was a wonderful mentor to her. Cindy sang in the ensemble, Kindred Spirit, for many years and also worked at Word Records in the Choral performance area. She has taught in the classrooms of many public schools most recently teaching music in Prosper ISD. She has also taught private piano and voice lessons. She has a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of North Texas and is certified in the Kodaly method of teaching music from SMU, as well as being certified in teaching ESL. Cindy and her husband have three wonderful children and live in Prosper, Texas where they attend Prestonwood North. She joined the faculty at PCA in 2014 and teaches both music and Spanish at the PCA North campus.

Upper School Choir students at the TPSMEA
All-State Choir weekend in Richardson, TX
(January 2016)

Competitions and Awards

2015 - 16
  • TPSMEA All-Region Choir - 14 Upper School choir students qualify
  • TPSMEA All-State Choir - 9 Upper School choir students qualify
  • ACSI - Superior rating for Upper School Choir
  • ACSI - Excellent rating for Middle School Choir
  • ACSI - Superior rating for PCA Honor Choir
2014 - 15
  • TPSMEA All-Region Choir - 14 Upper School choir students qualify
  • TPSMEA All-State Choir - 11 Upper School choir students qualify
  • ACSI - Superior rating for Upper School Choir
  • ACSI - Superior rating for Middle School Choir
  • ACSI - Superior rating for PCA Honor Choir
2013 - 14
  • TPSMEA All-Region Choir - 17 Upper School choir students qualify
  • TPSMEA All-State Choir - 5 Upper School choir students qualify
  • ACSI - Superior rating for Upper School Choir
  • ACSI - Excellent rating for Middle School Choir
  • ACSI - Superior rating for PCA Honor Choir
2012 - 13
  • TPSMEA All-Region Choir - 15 Upper School choir students qualify
  • TPSMEA All-State Choir - 7 Upper School choir students qualify
  • ACSI - Superior rating for Upper School Choir
  • ACSI - Excellent rating for Middle School Choir
  • ACSI - Superior rating for PCA Honor Choir

Vocal Music Calendar


I believe now more than ever is the time to train fine arts students with a biblical perspective. PCA supports a child’s educational AND spiritual growth in their area of interest, and I love getting to be a part of that in the fine arts program.


lisa gervig, middle school choir teacher


PCA Honor Choir in concert.


Annual Spring Sing choir concert (2015)


Upper School choir students at the TPSMEA
All-State choir weekend
(January 2016)