J.R. Smith – Director of Choirs
Mr. Smith is starting his 12th year of teaching and is excited for year three at Grand Oaks with our first class of SENIORS.
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 five years of middle school he moved 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. 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 albums, “Yonder Come Day” and “Homeland” are available on iTunes and all streaming services. Mr. Smith lives in the Grand Oaks zone with his fur child, Radar and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Bryanna Robilotto – Associate Director of Choirs
Mrs. Robilotto is starting her 6th year of teaching and is excited to be a part of the Grand Oaks Choir program.
Mrs. Robilotto was born and raised in the suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Sam Houston State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Previous to Grand Oaks, she taught for five years at McCullough Junior High helping run a program of 280 students and 8 choirs. Her choirs have consistently been awarded Superior ratings at U.I.L. and various festivals.
She resides in Spring with her two fur children, Tony and Lily, and her husband Chaz Robilotto who is the choir director at York Junior High. When Bryanna is not teaching, she loves traveling, being outside, spending time with family and friends, playing board games, and fueling her addiction for queso, Whataburger, and sushi. But… not all at the same time. She is excited to be a part of the Grand Oaks choir family and cannot wait to meet everyone.