Denise Eaton directs the SHSU Women's Chorus, which presents a wide variety of both a cappella and accompanied repertoire. This choir gives at least one individual concert each semester. Members will also combine to form the larger SHSU Symphonic Choir for a holiday concert in December and a masterworks concert in May.
This ensemble, open to women of all majors, primarily consists of music education, music performance and music therapy majors. Non-music majors with considerable high school choral or instrumental experience are encouraged to audition.
Denise Eaton has taught high school choir for twenty-nine years: twelve as the Assistant at Sam Rayburn High School and seventeen as the Head Choral Director at Spring High School. Choirs under her direction have appeared six times at TMEA and SWACDA conventions. Chamber Choirs under her direction have won the prestigious American Classic Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival an unprecedented six times.
Eaton earned the Bachelor of Music Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in piano and voice and the M.M. in Choral Conducting from Sam Houston State University. She has actively served TMEA as Region Vocal Chairman, Area Vocal Chair, Convention Facilities Organizer, All-State Section Leader, All-State Treble Choir Organizer, Vice-President and Vocal Chairman, and President.
Awarded the 1998 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award, Eaton has also served on the UIL Sight-Reading and Prescribed Music List committees.
An active clinician and conductor, Eaton has conducted over twenty-five Texas Region Choirs, the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Region Choir, the 2002 Arkansas All-State Treble Choir and the 2007 ACDA Louisiana All-State Treble Choir. Known for her innovative teaching styles, she has presented over forty workshops in Texas, Georgia and Alabama. 2012 marks the third summer Mrs. Eaton has presented choral workshops for the Center for Music Education at Sam Houston State University.
Eaton wrote the SMART (Sight Reading Made Accessible Readable and Teachable) and SMART Minor Sight Reading books. She is the Choral Editor for Carl Fischer Music Publication, LLC and BriLee Music Company. Her teaching duties at Sam Houston State University include conducting the Women’s Choir and teaching choral methods classes.
Conductor: Denise Eaton
Accompanist: Dr. Mieun Lee
Rehearsal: MWF 2:00 – 3:30
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