Dr. Randall Hooper has earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas State University, a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Baylor University where he studied with Donald Bailey, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Louisiana State University where he studied with Kenneth Fulton and Sara Lynn Baird.
Prior to his position at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Hooper held similar positions at Tennessee Tech University, Georgia State University and taught high school choral music for eleven years in Texas.
Dr. Hooper has been invited to conduct honor choirs, adjudicate and present interest sessions and in-services throughout the south and southwest. Choirs under Dr. Hooper’s leadership have performed in Carnegie Hall, by invitation for the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, the Tennessee Music Educators Association Conference, the Georgia Music Educators Association and for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation Symposium in Liverpool, England along with touring Germany, Austria, England and France. In 2005, Dr. Hooper was invited to present a paper on the choral music of Anthony Burgess for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation Symposium in Manchester, England which was published in Anthony Burgess and Modernity. In 2012, Dr. Hooper was the guest conductor for the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande in Brazil. The A&M Commerce Chorale collaborated with the A&M Commerce Wind Ensemble in a performance in Carnegie Hall and for the Southwestern division of the College Band Directors National Association. In July of 2013, the A&M Commerce Chorale was invited to perform at the Festival Internacional de Música de Campina Grande in Brazil. In March of 2016, Dr. Hooper conducted the A&M Commerce Men’s Chorus in a performance for the Southwestern Division of the American Choral Directors Association in Kansas City, MO.
Dr. Hooper has served as the Texas Choral Director’s Association as the College and Community Choir Vice President. He is also actively involved with church music and musical theatre. He has served as music director for churches in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. He is currently the Director of Music of Kavanaugh UMC in Greenville, TX. He has served as the musical director for San Marcos Summer Theatre, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, LA and the Cookeville Children’s Theatre in Cookeville, TN.
- D.M.A., Choral Conducting, Louisiana State University, 2006
- M.M., Choral Conducting, Baylor University, 2002
- B.M.E., Musical Education, Texas State University, 1998
Honors and Awards
- Department of Music Nominee Research Award, Texas A&MUniversity-Commerce
- Department of Music Nominee Teacher Award, Texas A&M University-Commerce
- American Choral Directors Association
- Texas Music Educators Association
- Texas Choral Directors Association
- National Collegiate Choral Organization
- Mu Phi Epsilon
- International Anthony Burgess Foundation
- MUS 526: Music Literature and Repertoire
- MUS 1116: Ear Training
- MUS 524: Music of the Romantic Era