The mission of the RTMS Choir program is to serve as an important musical link between the elementary and high school years, instilling within students a life-long appreciation of music, a compassionate world-view, and build a collaborative community of servant-leaders.
1st Period - 6th Grade Boys
2nd Period - 6th grade girls
3rd Period - 7th/8th Varsity Boys
4th Period - 8th Grade girls
5th period - 7th/8th Non-Varsity Boys
6th Period - 7th Grade girls
7th Period - 6th Grade Girls
Meet the Directors...
Mr. Jared Dees
This is Mr. Dees' 4th year as Choir Director at THE Ronald Thornton Middle School!
Mr. Phillip Velarde
Mr. Velarde is excited to start his first year at RTMS! An army child, he has lived in many different places throughout his life. After being inspired by his High School Choir Directors, Mr. Cody Parrott and Mr. Anthony Benz, Mr. Velarde traveled to Houston to get degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Houston. While at school, Mr. Velarde performed with the award-winning Moores School Concert Chorale for 5 years, travelling for international competitions and performing around the Houston area. He was also the director of the student-led A Capella group, MoM, taking the group to Acapolooza while in charge. Mr. Velarde likes to stay involved in both teaching and performing, working with various professional ensembles, stage managing opera productions through the Moores School and giving piano and voice lesson to beginner students. Currently, Mr. Velarde still performs with professional groups while teaching.
WHen he is not teaching or singing, Mr. Velarde enjoys running marathons, writing short stories and spending time with his dog and fmaily.