Dr. Monte Garrett
Dr. Monte Garrett is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX, where he joined the faculty in 2001. In addition to conducting Concert Choir and Heritage Singers, he also teaches elementary and choral conducting, choral literature, and choral methods. He has also taught courses in church music and music history.
He earned both the Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin. His conducting teachers include Dr. Loyd Hawthorne, Dr. David Keith, and Dr. James Morrow. During his tenure at Howard Payne, the choirs have commissioned and premiered choral works by Kurt Kaiser, Kinley Lange, Libby Larsen, Mary McDonald, Robert Sterling, Robert Tucker, David Ashley White, and Robert Young. He has served as a clinician for several high school choirs and served as the clinician/conductor for the TMEA Region 7 All-Region Choir in 2003. In the summer of 2005, he conducted the Texas Baptist All-State Youth Choir – the first “alumni” of the choir to do so. He also conducted the TBAS choir in the summer of 2009. In 2007, the HPU Concert Choir recorded “When I Survey,” a CD of hymn settings and arrangements. His article “The ‘Forgotten’ Music of Salzburg: The Organ Sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Choral Graduals of Johann Michael Haydn” was published in the February 2008 issue of The American Organist.