About Us- Director
Director Kevin Tison (2005-present)
Kevin Tison is currently in his twelfth year of teaching high school choral music—the past nine years being at Fountain Valley High School. A native of central Louisiana, Mr. Tison began his musical education in piano study at age thirteen. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Master of Music degree from Texas Christian University, both in piano performance. During his time at TCU, his greatest honor came when he was selected as a performer in the renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas (1995)—the only American selected to perform that year. After moving to California and shifting into the world of high school choral music, he completed his CA Teaching Credential at California State University of Long Beach.
Before entering the field of high school teaching, Mr. Tison served as music director of various churches in Louisiana, Texas, and California. He has been nationally recognized and published as a composer and arranger with his works being performed by symphony orchestras across America—most notably a premier by the Nashville Symphony in 1997. Featured as a solo performer and conductor throughout Hong Kong, China, Macau, France, Romania, Germany, Austria, England, and Denmark, he has planned and led music tours.
Mr. Tison has worked extensively in the areas of conducting (orchestral, choral, musical theater, and opera workshop) and performance (piano, organ, harpsichord, French horn, percussion, and voice). Ensembles under Mr. Tison’s direction have performed and received the highest acclaim at regional, state and national levels, frequently at various Festivals of Gold across the country and the prestigious Golden State South Choral Competition in Southern California. He also enjoys being on the other side of the baton, performing as a member of the Pacific Chorale, one of the most prestigious choral ensembles in the United States.
In 2010, in addition to his being named an Orange County Arts Educator of the Year and Fountain Valley High School Teacher of the Year, Mr. Tison and his work at Fountain Valley High School were featured in MENC’s Teaching Music magazine (April 2010). One of the greatest honors he has received was the recent selection of the Troubadours as one of only four high school choirs to perform at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago, Illinois (March of 2011), earning great acclaim for their performance of the Six Chansons by Paul Hindemith.
Making his home in San Pedro, California, Mr. Tison fills his “non-music” life with family and friends, flying private airplanes, scuba diving, Crossfit training, and endurance races.
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The Fountain Valley High School Vocal Music Program has been in existence for over 40 years, impacting the lives of thousands of students & families! Its deep traditions of excellence in choral music have grown the program into one of the nation’s largest and finest high school choral program, earning countless awards and honors, including the prestigious honor of performing for a National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Chicago, Illinois (March 2011).
Our students have toured extensively throughout North America and Western Europe, performing in some of the most historic and iconic venues, and will soon be sharing their music on a 3rd continent. The program relies on the support of the outstanding booster organization, the Vocal Music Parent Association, our “Friends of VMPA” throughout the community (individual and corporate levels) and an exceptional administration, support staff and teaching faculty. Fountain Valley High School is recognized as one of the top high schools in the country, a part of the Huntington Beach Union High School District.