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Production of 'Annie' is curtain call for summer at Carrollwood Cultural Center (Jeff Berlinicke • The Tampa Tribune - 8/14/13) Chad DeLoach doesn't normally get much of a summer break.
After all, he spends his summers working at the Carrollwood Cultural Center producing plays, then heads back to work as the choral director at Martinez Middle School on Lutz-Lake Fern Road the day after the final performance. (READ MORE)
Chad DeLoach is the chorus ...
Chad DeLoach is the chorus director at Martinez Middle School. JEFF BERLINICKE
Chad DeLoach is the chorus director at Martinez Middle School.
Nearly 60 percent of its enrollment participates under the teaching and instruction of Chad DeLoach
, chorus; Chris Johns, band; and Karen Bishop, orchestra and guitar.
The kids have music they like but they are interested in learning more about reading music and how it works, said DeLoach, who has two degrees in music from Florida State University and also teaches the Martinez musical theater program.
Only about 30 other schools in the state had more than 30 percent enrolled in music class, so this is special.
Deciding which choral music isnt always easy.
, who said he
listens to a little bit of everything except rap music, said its a difficult situation.
wants the students to be entertained, but also to learn about the intricacies of music.
Its a huge chore and its something I have to grapple with, DeLoach
They have to learn the text of the music.
The students can learn a lot more about the music if they listen to it and know how to read it.
Especially if it is something they arent used to listening to.
DeLoach doesnt refer to his
choral music as music, but instead as literature.
Famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven are known for their music, but DeLoach
said almost of the great classical musicians put words to their music, mostly based on a religious theme.
has a great deal of respect for the classical composers who wrote without the benefit of sitting in a recording studio.
said, came from the mind and was put on to paper there were no mixers and producers.
Thats what he
is trying to get across to his
also said he
is blessed to work at a school like Martinez with such a strong emphasis on music.
I really care about the fact that the administration lets me do my job and lets me use the literature that I want, DeLoach
If there is sheet music and the work can be translated into something with harmonies, DeLoach
is all ears.
and the rest of the music faculty at Martinez are happy to expose the students to something that isnt blasting away on their iPods.
The kids find that they like it, DeLoach
Its a whole new experience for them.
About DJ Productions - DJ Productions
DJ Productions was founded by Chad DeLoach and Brian Jonas in the summer of 2007 out of their desire to continue the Summer Broadway Series camp that they began in the summer of 2005 while teaching at Adams Middle School in Tampa, Florida.
Our Staff - DJ Productions
Chad DeLoach, Musical Director
Mr. DeLoach received his Masters and Bachelors degrees in Choral Music Education from The Florida State University College of Music.
He is the Choral Director and Keyboard Instructor at Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Tampa.
He is also an adjunct professor at The University of Tampa and the pianist at South Tampa Fellowship.
He has also served on staff with Gulf Coast Youth Choirs, Inc.
It was while teaching at Adams Middle School that Mr. DeLoach and Mr. Jonas co-founded the Summer Broadway Series Camp.
Mr. DeLoach has served as Vocal Coach and Accompanist for several productions including Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel and South Pacific and is excited to be able to share his expertise with students across the Tampa Bay area.
is a newlywed and enjoys spending time with his
Gulf Coast Choir Faculty
Chad DeLoach is the Director of Choral Activities at Adams Middle School in Tampa, Florida.He is currently in his seventh year of teaching at Adams.Mr. DeLoach is also on staff with Gulf Coast Youth Choirs, Inc. as the director of Mannchor (formerly known as the Gulf Coast Boychoir) and accompanist for the Gulf Coast Girl Choir.Mr. DeLoach
received a B.M.E. and M.M.E. from the Florida State University College of Music
.He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Florida Vocal Association, the Florida Music Educators Association and the Music Educators National Conference.He has also served on the state board of FVA as the District 7 Chairman.In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. DeLoach is an active adjudicator, accompanist and clinician.He
has accompanied National, Divisional and State ACDA Honor Choirs and many Florida All-State Choruses.