Melinda Imthurn, Artistic Director

Melinda holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University, with continued studies at Shenandoah Conservatory.  As a vocalist, Melinda has performed with the Denton Light Opera Company, Deep Ellum Opera Theatre, Helios Ensemble, Fort Worth Early Music Society, Casa Manana, and in solo recital.  In addition to serving as TWCD’s Artistic Director, Melinda is a member of the full-time music faculty at Eastfield College in the Dallas County Community College District.  She also maintains a busy private vocal studio and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for choral groups and soloists. 


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Will Varner, Assistant Artistic Director

Will has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and a Masters degree in Music Education from Holy Names College in Oakland, California. A teacher of elementary music for Richardson ISD, he also plays piano for children's choirs, church choirs, instrumentalists, singers, and musical theater productions. He has written and arranged music for soloists, ensembles, church choirs, school choirs, and bell choirs. His musical career has included a variety of experiences such as teaching on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, playing gamelan for an opera, and performing for Chinese music students at the Great Wall of China.  Will also served as the state elementary vice president of Texas Music Educators of Texas. 


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Crystal Koe, Executive Director

 

Crystal received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hardin-Simmons University, minoring in music, and a Master of  Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Before joining the TWCD team, she taught writing and critical thinking at Southern Methodist University and  UMass Boston, among others. She has been the editor-in-chief of ripples: a postcard periodical, which she co-founded, The Corral, and The Brand. A singer and violinist, Crystal has been a constant performer and an administrator with choirs and orchestras over the years, and has had her compositions performed by the UMass Boston Chamber Singers

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