J.R. Smith – Director of Choirs
Mr. Smith is starting his 11th year of teaching and is excited to be the first choir director for Grand Oaks.
Mr. Smith started his teaching career in Cy-Fair ISD at Labay Middle School after graduating from Sam Houston State University in 2009. He moved to Conroe ISD to open Irons Junior High in 2012. After 5 years of middle school he moved up to Oak Ridge HS helping grow the program to near 300 students with 7 performing ensembles. While at Oak Ridge the men’s choir grew to over 70 individuals. The men’s choir was awarded National Commended Winner in the Mark of Excellence Recording Contest in 2016 and Best In Class at the Inaugural Houston Choral Excellence Showcase in 2018. Recently, the Varsity Treble Choir from Oak Ridge HS was named National Commended Winner in the 2018 Mark of Excellence Recording Contest. Choirs under Mr. Smith’s direction have received numerous superior ratings at U.I.L. and Best In Class awards at various festivals around the state.
Outside of the classroom, Mr. Smith is an avid classical music soloist and performer. He currently sings on staff at The Woodlands United Methodist Church and is a founding member of The Houston Men’s Choir. Please visit YouTube and follow Houston Men’s Choir on all social media outlets. Their recently released albums, “Yonder Come Day” and “Homeland” are available on iTunes and streaming services. Previously, he sang Tenor and Alto with Bach Society Houston. He continues to perform as a guest soloist around Houston and the state.