Wimberley Community Chorus
Director- Fall 2018, Perry Dean
The Wimberley Chorus Board is pleased to announce that Perry Dean has been selected Director for the fall concert season. Rehearsals begin Monday, September 10, and will culminate in three concerts, Dec. 7, 8 & 9, at Wimberley Chapel in the Hills. Perry recently retired after 31 years as a public school choral director in Texas.
Perry’s teaching career commenced with 18 years at Smithson Valley H.S. where his choirs competed in festivals from Florida to Colorado, earning consistent accolades and Best in Class awards. He has also held H.S. positions at Palacios, Sweeny, Seguin and Cedar Creek, bringing home 30 UIL Choral Sweepstakes awards during his directing tenure. Perry is a frequent UIL Judge and Clinician across Texas and has served as Methodist Church Choir and Handbell director in Bulverde, Canyon Lake and Palacios, as well as directing the New Braunfels Community Chorale. He is currently director at St. James Catholic Church in Seguin and is looking forward to a fall half-time position at Saints Peter and Paul School in New Braunfels where he can share his musical inspiration with the younger generation.
Accompanist - Fall 2018, Jody Bagley Leifeste
Jody is honored to be the Director of Traditional Music and Accompanist at the First United Methodist Church of San Marcos where she has been employed for 23 years. She is also celebrating her 17th season as the Director and Accompanist of the New Braunfels Community Chorale. She has directed the New Braunfels Music Study Club Advent Vespers’ Mass Choir for the past 8 years and has also served as a high school choral director, a choral clinician, and a vocal coach in previous years. Jody holds a Bachelor of Music Education (piano and voice) and a Master of Music Performance in Choral Conducting, both from Texas State University. Jody is a step mother of 5 cherished adult children, one of whom passed away in January 2017, and a step grandmother of 13 AMAZING grandchildren who are such a joy to celebrate. Even more blessedly, she loves living life with her beloved husband of 7 years, Randy Leifeste, and spending quality time with her precious mother, Joann Bagley.
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Perry and Jody at our first rehearsal, September 10,2018.