Jackson Intermediate School and San Antonio Academy
This group is in their first year of collaboration. The COVID-19 pandemic and our shift to virtual classes has made it possible to connect schools in different cities. Students are working with our poet-in-residence Ava Leavell Haymon and composer Emma Wine on writing and recording their own, collaborative song. Stay tuned!
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.
Owen Duggan holds degrees in music theory, voice, and applied music from McGill University (Montreal), University of North Texas (Denton), and University of Texas at Austin respectively. Duggan is accomplished in voice, composition, and conducting, in a wide variety of music at the professional level, and he has performed with major arts organizations in San Antonio and abroad. He has taught at the San Antonio Academy for 16 years, as well as having taught at San Antonio College, Our Lady of the Lake University, and University of Texas at San Antonio. He currently serves as Music Director at SAA, Northwood Presbyterian Church, and Musica Sacra San Antonio.As a singer-songwriter, arranger, and co-producer he has produced 4 CDs. His original choral music has been published by Colla Voce Music, and he also owns and operates his own production and publishing company. In 2008 he signed a distribution contract with MRI Entertainment (SONY RED). His numerous awards include medals from Parent’s Choice Foundation and National Parenting Products Association. Owen’s original music can be heard on Spotify, YouTube, and Pandora.