Kay Owens is in her thirty-fifth year of teaching secondary choral music. Prior to joining the Arlington Independent School District in 1993, she taught elementary, junior high and high school choirs in Natchez Public Schools, Natchez, Mississippi and Tupelo Public Schools, Tupelo, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis in piano and voice from Mississippi State University in 1983, and a Masters of Music in choral conducting from Mississippi College in 2000. She studied with Dr. Richard Joiner and Dr. James Meaders.
Presently Ms. Owens is in her twentieth year at Martin High School. During her tenure as the assistant director at Martin, Chamber Singers performed at the 1999 Fringe Festival in Aberdeen Scotland, TMEA and ACDA in 2005. Owens was named the Head Choral Director 2006. Chorale debuted at Carnegie Hall in the 2006 National Youth Festival sponsored by Carnegie Hall. The Martin Varsity Women's Choir performed at the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association convention in 2008. The Martin performing arts department was named the 2009 Grammy Foundation National winner which awarded the department a $10,000 grant and a GRAMMY! In 2012 the Martin Chorale was invited to perform at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. The Martin Chamber Singers were one of nine high school choirs to perform at the 2013 National ACDA Convention in Dallas, Texas. In 2016, the Martin Chamber Singers performed at 2016 TMEA convention and Chorale performed along with the Martin Wind Symphony and Martin Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Owens is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, America Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Kay was voted by her peers as Teacher of the Year in 1996. Owens was named the recipient of the 2000 Abbot-Ipco Scholarship presented by the Texas Choral Directors Association. Kay has served Region 5 Vocal Division as secretary, chair-elect and chairman. Owens served on the TCDA Executive Board from 2009-2011 as secretary/treasurer. In 2009, Owens was named the Distinguished Alumna of the College of Music for Mississippi College. In May 2010, Owens was named the AWARE Foundation runner-up winner. Owens was selected as one of the 2012 UIL Sponsor Excellence Award winners of Texas. Owens was named 2016 teacher of the year for Martin High School. Kay resides in Arlington.
Betsy Howerton, a Martin High School alumna, is in her ninth year at Martin as a choral director. While at Martin, she was honored to sing with the Chamber Singers at both the Texas Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association Conventions in 2005. Mrs. Howerton graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with Honors from Texas Tech University. While at Tech, she studied voice under Kathy McNeil and choral methods under Dr. Carolyn Cruse, as well as performed with the University Choir under the direction of Dr. John Dickson at TMEA in 2008. She was selected as one of the Texas Exes 2012 Rapoport Rising Stars and was awarded the TCDA Young Director of Distinction Award in 2017. Mrs. Howerton is a member of TMEA, TCDA, ACDA, and Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She currently serves as the TMEA Region V Secretary and the TMEA Region V Vocal Division Treasurer. She lives in Arlington with her husband, Sean, their dog, Abby, and their cat, Annie.
Dylan Corder is in his third year of teaching at Martin High School this Fall after starting his teaching career in Brownsville ISD. Mr. Corder graduated from Baylor University with his degree in Choral Music Education in December of 2014. While at Baylor, Mr. Corder sang in the Baylor A Cappella Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers and studied voice under Dr. Randall Umstead, as well as performing with the Baylor A Cappella Choir at TMEA in 2014 and performing at Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris, France. Mr. Corder studied Choral Methods with Dr. Lynne Gackle and Dr. Michele Henry and is a member of TMEA, TCDA, and NAfME. He is excited to join the Martin Warrior Choir family and cannot wait to begin the school year!