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Honor Choir Performance at State of School (2015-16)

Christmas concert featuring Lower School choirs (2015-16)

PCA's Middle School JAM featuring 6-8th grade choir students (2015-16)

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.

Vocal Music Faculty


Joel T. Rutherford

Director of Fine Arts
Upper School 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 CD’s 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

Music Teacher, Fine Arts Administrative Assistant
PCA Plano, Middle / Upper School
lgervig@prestonwoodchristian.org
972-930-4043

Lisa Gervig (formerly Apple) 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”. In 2008, she served as Musical Director for Repertory Company Theatre’s “Songs for a New World”. She has also performed at the SXSW music festival – a well-established singer/songwriter festival held annually in Austin, TX. In addition to being an active songwriter and performer, she served in the children’s worship ministry at her church. Lisa has studied voice classically and on a commercial level, both as a soloist and as a choral member. With the assistance and partnership of Tom McKinney, she led vocal workshops and hosted recitals for her private students in the Dallas area for the past seven years. Mrs. Gervig is in her ninth year as Middle School Choir Director at PCA and also serves as PCA’s Fine Arts Assistant. Lisa lives in Dallas and enjoys a good Pure Barre workout and spending time with her family and new husband Mark!



Jennifer Young

Music Teacher
PCA Plano, Lower School
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

Music Teacher
PCA Plano, Lower School
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

Music Teacher
PCA North, Lower / Middle School
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.

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.

Competitions and Awards

2015 - 16
  • 14 Upper School choir students qualified for TPSMEA All-Region choir and 9 Upper School choir students qualified for TPSMEA All-State choir
  • Upper School Choir received a Superior rating at ACSI Festival
  • Middle School Choir received an Excellent rating at ACSI Festival
  • PCA Honor Choir received a Superior rating at Children's ACSI Festival
2014 - 15
  • 14 Upper School choir students qualified for TPSMEA All-Region choir and 11 Upper School choir students qualified for TPSMEA All-State choir
  • Upper School Choir received a Superior rating at ACSI Festival
  • Middle School Choir received a Superior rating at ACSI Festival
  • PCA Honor Choir received a Superior rating at Children's ACSI Festival
2013 - 14
  • 17 Upper School choir students qualified for TPSMEA All-Region choir and 5 Upper School choir students qualified for TPSMEA All-State choir
  • Upper School Choir received a Superior rating at ACSI Festival
  • Middle School Choir received an Excellent rating at ACSI Festival
  • PCA Honor Choir received Superior rating at Children's ACSI Festival
2012 - 13
  • 15 Upper School choir students qualified for TPSMEA All-Region choir and 7 Upper School choir students qualified for TPSMEA All-State choir
  • Upper School Choir received a Superior rating at ACSI Festival
  • Middle School Choir received an Excellent rating at ACSI Festival
  • PCA Honor Choir received a Superior rating at Children's ACSI Festival

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