Cynthia Douglas is the head choir director at Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress Fairbanks I.S.D, and is a sought after clinician and adjudicator throughout the state. She has also taught at A. P. Solis Middle School in Donna, Edinburg North High School, Spring Woods Middle School in Houston, and Cy-Fair High School, earning UIL sweepstakes and top festival honors at each school. Most notably, the Cypress Ranch Chamber Choir was the winner of the American Classic Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival for 2013.
Before coming to choral conducting in Texas, Mrs. Douglas taught voice at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and at Millikin University, where her students included the Broadway star Sierra Boggess. She has also performed with regional opera companies and orchestras throughout Texas and the Midwest, and made her New York debut in 2009, performing the soprano solos in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Mozart’s Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center with the Texas Master Chorale.
Mrs. Douglas is a member of the Sanctuary Choir of the First Methodist Church of Downtown Houston, conducted by her husband, Dr. Terry Morris. Their son Robert graduated last year from the University of Houston Downtown and works as an administrator in the medical field. He is still singing, though, and his parents hope that he always will!
Adam Bishea is the assistant choir director and AP music theory teacher at Cypress Ranch High School. He is entering his eighth year as a public school choir director, including six years in CFISD. Before coming to Cypress, Adam taught choir for two years at Stephen F. Austin Middle School in Bryan, TX.
Adam is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of both the University of Colorado in Boulder and Sam Houston State University. While earning his Master’s degree in choral conducting, he conducted the top undergraduate mixed choir for three years as well as the men’s chorus during his final year in Colorado. As a member of the Sam Houston Chorale, he sang in one ACDA and two TMEA honor choirs conducted by Dr. Allen Hightower. Adam sang Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Ballet, and traveled with the Sam Houston Chorale to Italy to give concerts across the country, including inside the Roman Pantheon. Adam has also performed under the direction of world renowned conductors Paul Salamunovich and Josepf Flummerfelt.
Adam’s wife, Sara Bishea, is the choir director at Smith Middle School. They are avid baseball fans and enjoy spending time with their cat, Hazel.