Summer Music Workshop Series:

Everything you ever wanted to know about singing - but were afraid to ask!


Monday, August 2nd

7:00-8:30 pm

Coppell Arts Center

505 Travis Street, Old Town Coppell


Week 3: Elements of Music - The elements of music can be seen as being the building blocks of music. Gaining deeper knowledge of the musical elements will enable musicians to understand any piece of music - with Variatiations Director Nathan Benavides and Children's Chorus Director, Erin Baker.


Summer Music Workshop Series: August 2, 2021

  • About the Instructor

    Nathan Benavides

    Nathan Benavides just signed on to start his second year directing the select ensembles of the Coppell Community Chorale, but has been teaching choral music for 15 years at the middle school and high school level. His choirs have gained consistent success through-out his career. In 2015, Mr. Benavides was named the Head Choir Director at Paschal High School. In 2019 his Tenor-Bass choir was invited to perform at TMEA. Mr. Benavides has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas-San Antonio. He also received his Master's Degree in Conducting from Long Island University-CW Post under the guidance of Dr. Mark Shapiro in 2015. He is a member of ACDA, TCDA, and TMEA and enjoys singing professionally with local churches and chamber ensembles, adjudicating, and mentoring fellow musicians. His boxer, Cadence, serves as the official mascot of the Paschal Choir Department.

    Erin Baker

    Fresh off the inaugural season of the Coppell Children's Chorus, Erin is excited to begin the second year of the organization. She also just completed her 9th year as an educator. Erin is a graduate of Coppell High School and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Voice and Music Education from Louisiana State University. She currently teaches 5th Grade at Pinkerton Elementary in Coppell and helped found the Pinkerton Cowpoke Chorale in 2016. Erin also served as the vocal coach for First United Methodist Church of Coppell's youth musical productions for 3 years as well as the musical director in 2020. Erin was honored as Pinkerton's Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. She has a strong passion for music and working with youth, and is thrilled at the opportunity to combine these as director of the Coppell Children's Chorus!

    Being a part of a choral group is a transformative experience for young singers. We experience music by singing with our whole beings and producing something truly beautiful that requires team-mindset over anything else. Choral music transcends the actual notes and words on the page, and is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and beliefs. In singing, they touch the music and the music touches them. The Coppell Children’s Chorus will enrich all those involved in the process, including the avid concertgoer, the parent and, of course, the singer.