Jackson Intermediate School and River Oaks Baptist School
This group is in their first year of collaboration. The two choirs are excited to get to know each other!
Rebecca Marie Castillo is one of the choir directors at Jackson Intermediate in Pasadena ISD. Additionally, she has taught high school choir, high school orchestra, and middle school orchestra in the Houston area. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati (College-Conservatory of Music) and an undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University in Music Education. She is a member of the Houston Chamber Choir and has performed with EXIGENCE: A Sphinx Ensemble, Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati), Bach Society Houston, Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, Clear Lake Chamber Ensemble and as an outreach artist with Houston Grand Opera.
After growing up in Brazil with two Southern Baptist music missionary parents, soprano Leigh Shipman followed in their footsteps by attending Stetson University in Florida for her Bachelor of Music Education and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth for her Master of Music. Her solo career has included performances in opera, oratorio, musical theater, community and sacred concerts, recitals, and master classes throughout the United States, Brazil, England, Israel and Eastern Europe. At First Presbyterian Church of Houston, she has served during her entire Houston tenure as a soprano soloist/section leader in two adult choirs. She also directs the church’s Resound! 6th-12th grade youth choir. Leigh is in her seventh year at River Oaks Baptist School as the Middle School Music Teacher. Leigh has taught public school elementary music and has also directed church children’s choirs and handbell choirs through the years. She also served as a youth director in addition to directing several choirs in a Methodist church.