Frank A. Watkins, a native of Omaha Nebraska, has taught secondary choral music in the state of Texas for six years. Prior to joining the Tyler Independent School District in 2003 as Director of Choral Activities at John Tyler High School, he taught undergraduate classes in piano at the University of Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Jackson State University in 1997, a Masters of Music degree in piano performance from University of Arkansas in 2001, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Northwestern University in 2011.
During his tenure as a graduate student at Northwestern University, Watkins served as the graduate assistant for choral programs; conducting the Women’s Glee Club, University Chorus, and University Singers. In addition to his responsibilities at Northwestern University, Watkins also served as the Interim Director of the Community Renewal Chorus of Chicago during their 2010-2011 concert season, the Music Intern at Winnetka Congregational church, the music director of the Northwestern Community Ensemble, and as music director of the North Shore Community Ensemble of Evanston. In 2011, Watkins was selected as the guest conductor for the Northwestern University Movie Music Concert; an outreach concert of orchestral film scores that brings at-risk youth in the community to Northwestern University to encourage them to become involved in local music programs.
Currently, Watkins is a Doctoral student in Choral Conducting at Michigan State University, where he studies with Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Sandra Snow, and Dr. Jonathan Reed. Watkins is the assistant conductor of the Men’s Glee Club, as well as the teaching assistant for undergraduate choral conducting. In addition to his duties as a doctoral student, Watkins is also the Conductor of the Ingham County Festival Chorale.
Mr. Watkins is a member of Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Conductor’s Guild, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Mr. Watkins’ love is music, and his passion is teaching. He seeks to inspire everyone that he comes in contact with, with his love of music. It is his belief that every student has the potential to excel to greatness. Watkins believes that in order to educate, you must first inspire. It is his goal to make an impact…not just an impression on the lives of those that follow his baton.