About the Directors
Mark Baker has served as music educator for the past 33 years, teaching students on the elementary, middle school, and high school level. He is in his 9th year as Head Choral Director at Denton High School and serves as Fine Arts Department Chair. Mark received his B. S. in Music Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and his M. A. in Music Education from Texas Woman's University.
DHS Chorale performed at SWACDA in 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri. They also performed in cathedrals in England in 2005 and in Germany and Austria in 2007. In March, 2009, the DHS Chorale performed at the Sunday morning service in the West Point Chapel in New York.
During his 12-year tenure at Strickland Middle School, Mark had two TMEA Honor Choirs – 8th Grade Treble in 1997 and 7th and 8th Grade Men in 2000. Choirs under Mark’s direction, both on the high school and middle school level, have consistently earned Sweepstakes awards at UIL contests and have won Grand Champion performance awards at San Antonio, Houston, and Winter Park. In 2011 three choirs from Denton HS participated in the Disney Music Festival in Orlando, Florida and received Best in Class in each of their categories, with Chorale earning overall Grand Champion.
Mark currently serves TMEA as Region 2 President. He has served in a number of other leadership positions in TMEA, including High School Region Chair in Region 2 and Middle School Region Chair in Regions 5 and 24. Two of the terms in which he served as Region Chair were when new regions were being formed and he provided leadership in melding different regions’ policies into a new Region Handbook. Mark has served as a clinician for All-Region Choirs throughout the state. He also served as the TMEA All-State Men’s Choir Section Leader in 2008.
During his thirty plus years of teaching, Mark has been the recipient of numerous awards, including being named Teacher of the Year for Denton ISD in 1996. He has been named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers on numerous occasions and was presented the prestigious CARE award by the Greater Denton Arts Council in 1997 for promoting arts in the community.
For 32 years Mark has also served as a church choral director. He is currently Minister of Music at Euless First United Methodist Church. Mark and his wife, Vicki, who is the Coordinator of Music Education at Texas Woman’s University, live in Denton with their three dogs, Max, Anabelle, Samantha, and Millie.
Patti Freeman has been working as a music teacher and choral director since 1989. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. In Hot Springs, Ar. she completed her student teaching assignment and also served as a piano/voice instructor for a studio called Lips, Fingers and Toes- a business she helped to establish. Her first public school teaching position was as elementary music teacher in her hometown - Searcy, Arkansas. While there, she also enjoyed teaching privately and serving in music leadership positions in her church.
Some of her accomplishments include:
*OBU Centennial Scholarship Winner -1985
*NATS (National Association of Teacher's of Singing) Semi-finalist -1989
*UIL Concert and Sightreading Adjudicator
*All-City Choir Clinician
*Accompanist -MS & HS Region Concerts & TCDA events
In Texas, Patti has enjoyed working with choir programs in Denison, North Richland Hills and Denton. After a year as part-time assistant for the McMath choirs in Denton, she accepted the head director position of the Strickland Middle School Choir Program where she served for 7 years. In that time, her choirs earned many sweepstakes trophies at UIL and were selected as one of the recording choir programs for a national GIA text book publication. Mrs. Freeman’s choirs have also been awarded several “Best In Class” and “Best Overall” awards in area contests.
Patti lives in Denton with her wonderful husband Carl and her two precious daughters, Sara Beth and Abby. Both girls are students at Denton High School. Her son, Christopher, lives in Fayetteville, Ar. He is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas holding a degree in Criminal Justice.
Denton High School
Denton, TX 76201
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Phone: (940) 369-2118 or (940) 369-2056