Director- Kevin Tison
Kevin Tison is currently in his seventeenth year of teaching high school choral music - the past fourteen years being at Fountain Valley High School. A native to central Louisiana, Mr. Tison began his musical education in piano 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. He received additional concentrations in voice study, conducting, and orchestral arranging. During his time at TCU, he was honored by his selection as a performer in the renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas (1995) - the only American to perform that year. After relocating to Southern California, Mr. Tison earned his K-12 music teaching credential from California State University in Long Beach.
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). Featured often as a solo performer and conductor, he has planned and led music tours throughout Hong Kong, China, Macau, France, Romania, Germany, Austria, England, Croatia, Italy, Denmark, British Columbia, New Zealand and Australia.
Before entering the field of high school teaching, Mr. Tison served as a 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.
Choirs 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 Golden State South Choral Competition in Southern California. In addition, he serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. He has also spent time on the other side of the baton, having performed as a member of the Pacific Chorale.
In 2010, in addition to being named 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 in his professional life is the selection of his Troubadours chamber choir to perform at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference - Chicago in 2011 and Minneapolis in 2017! It is a rare and distinct honor for a high school choir to experience this opportunity once, much less twice! The Vocal Music Program continues to earn great national recognition and acclaim for their excellence in choral music performance and creative programming.
Mr. Tison's passion in teaching is to impact students lives by not only giving them a deep appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of music, but also by equipping them with critical leadership and collaboration skills. The Vocal Music Program reaches far beyond Fountain Valley through their international tours and exchanges with young musicians from all over the world. Students leave this program having been a part of many "once in a lifetime" experiences, through domestic and international performance tours.
Some of the iconic and unique places the Vocal Music Program has performed include: Bath Abbey (England), Notre Dame (France), Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), Sydney Opera House (Australia), Carnegie Hall (USA), St Peter's & St Mark's Basilicas (Italy) and major symphony halls across America (San Francisco, Orange County, Chicago, Minneapolis). This year (Spring 2019) the Concert Choir travels to Nashville, Tennessee for a National Festival of Gold at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The following year, the Troubadours will venture to their 5th continent for a concert tour of South Africa, via a stopover performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall (June 2020).
Making his home in beautiful downtown Long Beach, Mr. Tison fills his "non-music" life with family and friends, flying private airplanes, hiking and fitness training.