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Directors

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Mr. Levi Duncan

Head Choir Director

Fine Arts Department Chair

TMEA Region 17 Vocal Chair

Mr. Levi Duncan, has served as the Director of Choral Activities and Fine Arts Department Chair at Alvin High School since the fall of 2019. Prior to his appointment at Alvin High School, Mr. Duncan taught in Goose Creek CISD and Channelview ISD. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education (magna cum laude) from Lamar University and an Associate of Science degree in music (cum laude) from Panola College.

In the harmonious world of Texas high school choral music, where passion for singing and performance intertwine, Mr. Duncan’s dedication and love for the art form has transformed countless young musicians into lifelong musicians. Ensembles under his leadership have been invited to perform at the TASB Convention, TCDA Convention, and consistently earn sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation. In 2022, Mr. Duncan was awarded an Alvin ISD Education Foundation Grant and founded the Alvin ISD East Side 5th Grade Elementary Honor Choir. 

Due to his dedication to his students and campus, Mr. Duncan is a 3-time Alvin HS MCJROTC Inspirational Educator Award recipient and was named the 2023 Alvin High School Teacher of the Year and a Top 5 Finalist for the Alvin ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year! He has even received national and international recognition being named by internationally acclaimed composer, Eric Whitacre, Teacher of the Week in 2020 and the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) in 2021.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Duncan is an active conductor, adjudicator, and fine arts advocate.  He currently serves as the Texas Music Educator Association Region 17 Vocal Chair. He is also the conductor of the Chancel Choir at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX. His professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda-National Music Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi-National Honor Society. 

 

Mr. Duncan resides in Pearland, TX with his husband, Eric Gonzales and best friend, Michelle White who are both choir directors in Alvin ISD as well! He loves traveling, spending time with family, and watching everything related to the Philadelphia Eagles - his favorite sports team!

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Mr. Shawn Simonson

Assistant Choir Director

Musical Vocal Director

Mr. Simonson is in his third year of teaching, and his second year as Assistant Choir Director at Alvin High School. He graduated from Lamar University in 2020, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in choral music education.

 

In his time at Lamar, Mr. Simonson studied as a tenor under Dr. Serdar Ilban. Just to name a few accomplishments: he performed countless solos, took on the lead role of Gabriel Eisenstein in Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”, and won first place in the senior division of the Greater Houston National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.

 

Under his leadership, Mr. Simonson has shown proven success with revitalizing choral programs. In a single year at Vidor High School, All-Region participation increased by 400%, and the program took home two UIL Concert & Sight-Reading trophies, including one for a clean Sweepstakes, for the first time in over a decade! At Alvin High School, the Non-Varsity Treble Choir continued its streak of receiving clean Sweepstakes awards, and the Sub-Non-Varsity Treble Choir received an excellent rating in Concert & Sight-Reading after attending the evaluation for the first time in the school’s history. He also serves as the school’s Head Vocal Director of the annual musical.

 

Mr. Simonson recently completed a 3-year tenure as the Director of Music for First United Methodist Church in Silsbee, Texas. There, he directed the choir while accompanying them on the piano and pipe organ. He was the first music director, in the church’s history, to establish a scholarship program for vocal music majors. He also oversaw the handbell restoration project, which brought the handbell choir back to the church after 30 years of inactivity.

 

His professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. When he isn’t working, Mr. Simonson loves to collect, play, and even design board games. He also loves completing escape rooms, composing choral music, spending time with his fiancée, Zoey, and playing with their German Shepherd, Leia Lorraine.



2023-2024 Alvin High School Choir Officers

 

President - Jeneveve Hernandez
Senior Vice President - Lindsey Haneline
Junior Vice President - Tristyn Chase
Co-Head Social Officer - Davian Yzquierdo
Co-Head Social Officer - Haylee Bunker
Secretary - Andrew Martin
Treasurer - Ana Lopez
 Head Historian - Brooklyn Chlamon 
Assistant Historian - Charity Lewis
Social Officer - Jakob Villanueva
Social Officer - Olivia Smith
Social Officer - Carlysha Cole
Social Officer - Caleb Martinez
Social Officer - Riley Johnson
Social Officer
- Reagan O'Malley

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