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Dan Bishop

Location: District of Columbia, USA
Robert D. (Dan) Bishop Jr.
1345 South Capitol Street SW, Apt. 803
Washington, DC 20003
706-766-1720 (mobile)
Education            M.M., Music Ed., Vocal Performance, University of West Georgia, 1992
                                 B. CH. M., Piano Performance, Shorter University, 1981
Experience              Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church                                                                2014 - Present
                                 Washington, DC
                                 Soloist and Section Leader
                                 Private Music Studio                                                                                           2013 - Present
                                 Washington, DC
                                 Voice Instructor and Accompanist                                                       
                                 The Kinkaid School                                                                                                   2009 - 2013
                                 Houston, Texas
                                 Director of Fine Arts and Choral Activities
  • Managed visual and performing arts for all three divisions encompassing pre-k through 12th grade including evaluation of 35 full time and part time faculty 
  • Responsible for development and balancing a 0.5 million dollar budget
  • Managed curricular and extra-curricular fine arts programs, point person for all on-line and printed fine arts materials
  • Developed the fine arts calendar and coordinate contents with divisional, athletic and facility calendars
  • Supervision of curriculum, staffing, scheduling and other departmental policies and procedures
  • Collaborated with Principals, Dean of Faculty and Headmaster in hiring and mentoring new teachers within the department
  • Worked collaboratively with other members of the Senior Administrative Team to fulfill the mission of the school
  • Served on the Admission Team for middle and upper school
  • Worked with Advancement and Development creating and supporting events that would maintain a close relationship with alumni and donors 
  • Met regularly with Upper School Principal, Director of Athletics and Upper School Deans to manage all aspects of the school community
  • Collaborated with the leadership of the Fine Arts Parent Volunteers and worked with Booster Club in developing the fine arts portion of their operating budget and programs
  • Oversaw the student led Arts Board of 58 students representing visual and performing arts
  • Directed the upper school Concert Choir and Encore, a musical theatre troupe, and serve as the Music Director/Vocal Coach for the upper school musical
  • Assisted the middle school choral directors as rehearsal accompanist and vocal coach
                                 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church                                                                                 2007 - 2009
                                 Rome, Georgia
                                 Staff Singer, Assistant Conductor and Organist
  • Staff singer
  • Assistant to the conductor and organist
                First United Methodist Church1996 - 2003
                                 Rome, Georgia
                                 Graded Choir Coordinator, Staff Singer, Assistant Conductor and Organist
  • Coordinator of the graded choir program pre K – 12th grade
  • Conductor of the older children’s choir, middle and high school youth choir
  • Staff singer
  • Assistant to the conductor of the Chancel Choir and organist
                                Darlington School                                                                                                       1995 - 2009
                                Rome, Georgia
                                Director of Choral Activities, Musical Theatre and Vocal Studies/Fine Arts 
                                Department Chair/Varsity Boys Tennis Coach and Program Coordinator
  • Managed visual and performing arts for all three divisions encompassing pre-k through 12th grade
  • Developed and coordinated the fine arts curriculum, co-curricular courses, programs, scheduling and departmental policies and procedures
  • Developed and coordinated the fine arts calendar within the school community
  • Responsible for developing and balancing the budget
  • Managed and evaluated the middle and upper School fine arts faculty
  • Collaborated with the Fine Arts Booster Club
  • Served on the Curriculum Committee, the Athletic Executive Council and was the Student Life liaison to the Board of Trustees
  • Director of Concert Choir and the girls and boys a cappella ensembles
  • Supervised upper school Assistant Choral Director
  • Conductor and Artistic Director of the Darlington Festival Singers, an alumni-faculty choir
  • Vocal Coach for the upper school musical and Musical Theatre class
  • Private studio voice instructor
  • Accompanist for Upper School Ladies and Men’s Chorale, Middle School Chorus, upper school musical and Musical Theatre class
  • Coordinated and planned all concert tours and competitions, fine arts events for Admission, Alumni and Development departments
  • Chapel Organist
  • Varsity Boys Tennis Coach and Program Coordinator for the upper and middle school
                                First Baptist Church                                                                                                  1977 - 1996
                                Rockmart, Georgia
                                Organist Choir Master
  • Conducted five choral groups and three handbell choirs
  • Supervised the graded choir music program
                                 Rockmart High School and Middle School                                                      1977 –1996
                                 Rockmart, Georgia
                                Accompanist/Music Literary Coordinator
  • Assistant director and accompanist for all choirs, ensembles and musicals
  • Responsible for coordination and rehearsal of high school music literary singers
Related Experience
                                Professional Singer/Conductor/Adjudicator
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus/Chamber Singers under Robert Shaw
  • A Coeur Joie France, International Choral Festival                 
  • Rome Symphony Orchestra and Festival Singers
  • Fest in Hellbrunn
  • Conductor, District High School Honor Choir, Georgia Music Educator’s Association
  • Adjudicator, Georgia High School Association Music Literary Competitions
  • Various churches – Requiem Faure, Elijah Mendelssohn, and The Creation, Haydn
  • Rome Symphony Orchestra – Messiah, Handel
  • The Chamber Players of the South – The Tender Land Copeland, The Three Irish Tenors
  • Shorter College Chorale – Carmina Burana, Orff and Chichester Psalms, Bernstein
  • Celebrity Cruises, The Neptunes
Musical Theatre
  • The Fantastiks - Bellomy
  • The Civil War – Corporal William McEwen
  • The Sound of Music (Concert Version) – Captain von Trapp  
Kinkaid School
  • Created new hierarchical structure for the Fine Arts Department
  • Balanced a budget of $0.5 million and reduced the budget 8% while strengthening the curriculum and programs
  • Coordinated the process of developing uniform job descriptions
  • Developed music selection policy for all classroom teaching and performances
  • Developed method and responsibility plan for additions and changes to be made to the fine arts calendar
  • Assisted in the development of job descriptions and responsibilities of the Fine Arts Volunteer Co-Presidents and parent volunteers and Student-led Arts Board
  • Assisted in developing school wide policies encompassing facility usage, trip guidelines, communications and hiring process of adjunct faculty
  • Systematically restructured the audition and production process for the middle and upper school musicals
  • Concert Choir and Encore received an Excellent Rating at the ISAS Arts Festival
  • Students consistently audition and placed in the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All- State Choir
  • Restructured middle school choral program and curriculum separating the 7th and 8th grade into gender based choirs.  Added choral component to the 5th and 6th grade music classes
  • 90.8% of the upper school student body is enrolled in a fine arts course or activity.  This represents an increase of 9% over a four year period
  • Developed Falcon Fan Fest for fine arts to coincide with the athletic department’s Falcon Fanatic
                                Darlington School
  • Developed seamless fine arts curriculum and teacher evaluation process for performing and visual arts across all three divisions
  • Restructured the middle school choral program adding a 6th grade choir
  • Reorganized the upper school choral program adding a girls and boys choir
  • Added a jazz band, steel drum band and string program at the upper school
  • Added additional national honor societies representing all art disciplines
  • Added the following fulltime positions:  LS art specialist, LS/MS instrumental director, MS choral director and art instructor, US assistant choral director, US voice instructor and drama/musical theatre instructor
  • Developed a private lesson studio program for the middle and upper school
  • Added a boys auditioned a cappella ensemble at the upper school
  • Organized the formation of an alumni/faculty choir
  • Concert Choir performed at the GMEA convention
  • Concert Choir, Ladies’ and Men’s Chorale Superior ratings at GMEA Choral Festival, All Star Music Festival, Festival Disney, Southern Star Music Festival, and Heritage Music Festival
  • Concert Choir selected to perform at the Disney Honors Inaugural Concert
  • Girl’s Trio, Boy’s Quartet and Soloists 1st place region and state awards at music literary event sponsored by Georgia High School Association
  • Middle and upper school students were consistently placed in the GMEA and GISA All-State Choirs
  • Began tradition of the middle school choruses participating in All-State Chorus and adjudicated choral festivals
  • Chaired the Upper School Faculty Annual Fund Drive for two years achieving 100% participation for the first time in the school’s history
  • Academic Scholarship, Shorter College
  • 1st Place Regional Award, National Association Teachers of Singing
  • Phi Kappa Phi, University of West Georgia
  • Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, Darlington School
  • Athlene Forsyth Award in Fine Arts Leadership, Darlington School
  • R. M. Yankee Faculty Award, Darlington School
  • George W. Awsumb Faculty Award, Darlington School
  • Parent’s Association Award for Significant Contributions to the Darlington Community, Darlington School
                Professional Memberships
  • American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA)
  • American Guild of Organist (AGO)
  • National Association of Music Educators (NAME)
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Disney Honors, Orlando, FL – Advisor
  • Georgia ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for High School Mixed, Male Choirs and Organizing Chair for High School Honor Choir
  • Masquerade Theatre, Houston, TX – Advisory Board

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