Jackson Intermediate School and River Oaks Baptist School
This group is in their second year of collaboration. Last year, the choirs wrote a song together which they were invited to perform for the Mayor of Pasadena on the steps of City Hall!
A native of Houston, Texas, Rebecca Marie Castillo holds a Masters in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she studied voice with Amy Johnson. She also holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Sam Houston State University where she studied voice with Nicole Kenley-Miller and Barbara Corbin. Rebecca performs with a variety of professional choral ensembles including the Houston Chamber Choir, Mercury Chamber Orchestra’s Mercury Singers, Pasión (GRV), and EXIGENCE (Sphinx Organization). She performs locally as a soloist with the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra and Clear Lake Chamber Ensemble. In addition to her performance work she is a public school teacher and has had award winning choirs and orchestras at both the high school and intermediate level. While working at South Houston High School and Jackson Intermediate in Pasadena ISD, the choirs received Superior Ratings at UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest and awards such as “Judge’s Choice”, “Best in Class”, and “Best in Festival”.
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.