Lovejoy Choral Faculty & Staff

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Cathy Koziatek
Director of Choirs
Lovejoy High School

972-742-8790
cathy_koziatek@lovejoyisd.net

Cathy Koziatek is in her 18th year as a choral music educator, and her 24th year as a teacher. This will be her third year as Director of Choirs at Lovejoy High School. She spent 13 years at Plano West Senior High School as Associate Director of Choirs and AP Music Theory teacher. In addition to team teaching the large choral ensembles, Ms. Koziatek directed the mixed and women’s a cappella groups who received acclaim for their performances of student-created arrangements of contemporary pop hits. Choirs under her direction have sung at the Texas Music Educators Association convention and have been selected to sing at the Southwest divisional conference of the American Choral Directors Association. Her choirs have been consistent sweepstakes winners at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Competition, and many of her students earned placement through audition in the Texas All-State Choir. Ms. Koziatek is a frequent adjudicator and clinician in schools around the Metroplex; she is often sought for her expertise in vocal technique and development. Ms. Koziatek has served several positions in Region 25 including High School Vocal Division Chair. She is a member of TMEA, TCDA and TMAA.

After many years of teaching juniors and seniors, Ms. Koziatek started a new path in her career: for two years, she taught 5th grade general music and 6th grade choir at Sloan Creek Intermediate School in Lovejoy ISD where she also conducted a 5th grade choir and co-directed the Lovejoy Children’s Choir. Her 6th grade choir performed for U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson and Texas Representative Scott Sanford and received accolades for superior performance at local festivals.

Ms. Koziatek received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance with related fields in Music Theory and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of North Texas where she later earned her K-12 music certification. Ms. Koziatek holds Kodàly certification in both the traditional and choral track. She taught voice lessons for several years before moving to classroom teaching, and she continues to sing professionally around Dallas. Ms. Koziatek has been the Assistant Conductor of the Women’s Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas and frequently serves as a substitute for WYCGD/YCGD ensembles.

Outside of school, Ms. Koziatek enjoys creative pursuits such as crocheting and redecorating her house. She is also a dog person who loves to spend time with her own furry child, Bijou, a Bichon Frisé.

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Kelly D’Souza
Associate Director of Choirs
Lovejoy High School

972-742-8791
kelly_dsouza@lovejoyisd.net

Kelly D’Souza is excited to join the Lovejoy team as the Associate Director of Choirs! Prior to her appointment at Lovejoy High School, Ms. D’Souza served as the Assistant Choir Director at Ted Polk Middle School in Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch Independent School District.

Ms. D’Souza graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education. While at UNT, she sang under the direction of Dr. Richard Sparks as a member of the University Singers as well as the jazz ensemble, West End, directed by Dr. Cindy Bourquin Dicken.

Ms. D’Souza grew up in the area, and is a proud product of the tradition of excellence in choral music as a former Texas All-State Choir member. She continues her passion for performing by singing with the Dallas Symphony Chorus during its 40th season beginning this fall. During the summer, Ms. D’Souza serves as the Assistant Camp Director and Registrar for the UNT MS/JH Honor Choir Camp. She is an active member of TMEA, TCDA, and ACDA.

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Christina Chapman
Director of Choirs
Willow Springs Middle School
Sloan Creek Intermediate School

469-742-8490
christina_chapman@lovejoyisd.net

Christina Chapman is in her 19th year as a Choral Music Educator, and her 11th year in Lovejoy ISD, at Willow Springs Middle School.

Prior to teaching in Lovejoy ISD she was the director of choirs at Robinson Middle School in Plano ISD where her Varsity Tenor-Bass Choir was a 2004 TMEA Selected Performing Choir. She holds a BME from The University of Texas at San Antonio and will soon complete a Master’s of Music Education Degree at Texas Tech University. During the 7 years in Lovejoy ISD, the Sloan Creek and Willow Springs MS Choirs have been awarded numerous Sweepstakes awards. The Willow Springs choir program currently has an enrollment of 200 seventh and eighth grade students, who are split into 7 different ensembles that meet during the day or outside of school. Mrs. Chapman has been selected as a Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 as well as honored with the PTA Honorary Life Membership Award in 2006. She was awarded the 2009 TCDA Glenda Casey Graduate Scholarship for her studies at Texas Tech.

Christina is currently the Fine Arts Team Leader for Willow Springs Middle School Music. Mrs. Chapman serves as an active Clinician and Adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble/UIL Contests and is a member of TCDA, TMEA, TMAA, ACDA, and Sigma Alpha Iota. TCDA has been a vital part of my enrichment and growth as a music educator, as “I have been attending this convention since I was 8 years old”.

Mrs. Chapman has been married to Robert Chapman for 14 years and they have two handsome boys, Aiden, 6 years and Liam, 3 mos old.

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Brooke Grall
Associate Director of Choirs
Sloan Creek Intermediate School

469-742-8363
brooke_grall@lovejoyisd.net

Brooke Grall is the 5th grade music teacher and 6th grade assistant choir director. Mrs. Grall began teaching in Plano ISD in 2007 as the Music Specialist at Thomas Elementary. After two years teaching Kindergarten-5th grade, she began working in Lovejoy ISD at Sloan Creek Middle School as the Associate Choir Director. Shortly after joining Lovejoy ISD, she became the Associate Choir Director at Lovejoy High School. During Mrs. Grall’s choral teaching, her choirs received exclusively Sweepstake Awards at UIL Concert and Sightreading Competition. She assisted in musical productions, helped lead many singers to Texas All-Region and All-State success, and prepared singers for UIL State Solo and Ensemble success at the local and state competitions.

Mrs. Grall graduated from University of North Texas in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance. After spending time in the corporate world, performing in professional choirs, and piano accompanying on the side, she went back to the University of North Texas and completed her Music Education Teacher Certification in 2007. Upon resignation from the prestigious Lovejoy High School in 2012, she continued to perform with Orpheus Chamber singers, the premiere professional chamber chorus of Dallas. Mrs. Grall has most recently held a private home piano and voice studio, taught private voice lessons at Willow Springs Middle School and Lovejoy High School, as well as accompanied on piano for choirs and soloists in the greater Dallas area.

Mrs. Grall lives in Murphy with her husband Jay and children Zoe and Lincoln. She loves teaching music and helping young musicians find and develop their talents. She is looking forward to teaching 5th Grade Music and 6th Grade Choir this year. She will also be teaching the Sloan Creek Chorale and Lovejoy Children’s Choir.