Gary McGrath - Executive Director

Contact: gary@texasstatemenandboyschoir.org 

Gary McGrath began his love for choral music as a member of the Texas Boys Choir at the age of 10 in Fort Worth, Texas. Gary was a first chair baritone in the TEMEA and all State Choirs from 1994-1996. He graduated as Valedictorian of the summer graduating class from Paschal High School in 1996. Gary went on to study Music Education at both Weatherford College and the University of North Texas. In the 2000's, Gary spent his time as a touring musician and recording engineer for such credible names as Universal Music Group, Capital Records, Clear Channel Radio, Manny Charlton, Peter Tork, Penny Gilley, Tim Bogert, Mark White, Luis Conte, Danny Bonaduche, Mel McDaniel, Vivian Campbell, Jerry Best, Wilfredo Reyes Jr., Private Island Trax, Brian Friedman Digital, Gari Sound, Mad Dog Studios, Nickelodeon, Walt Disney Studios, CBS Radio, The Santa Clarita Symphony, Los Angeles Symphony, and was also the Music Director for the Santa Clarita School for the Performing Arts.

 

Deborah McGrath - Associate Director

Contact: deborah@texasstatemenandboyschoir.org

Deborah McGrath began as Associate Director of The Texas State Men & Boys Choir in December of 2015. Mrs. McGrath received her music education from her 7 years in the world renowned Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir where she quickly grew within the organization to become one of the senior members who would often play the role of student leader to aid the directors in running rehearsals and mentoring young members. Mrs. McGrath's passion for music extends through many areas of her life including being an instrumentalist and member of the choir at her church.

 

David Featherstone - Conductor

David Featherstone, a singer, composer, and conductor, sang with the UTA a Cappella Chorus, Dallas Symphony Chorus, church choirs all over Dallas, and now with The Texas State Men & Boys Choir. He was the Founder and Artistic Director for the choral group, Evening Song, for its 17 years recording 5 CDs. He served twice as Chorus Master for the North Texas Oratorio Society's production of Crawford Gates' "Visions of Eternity", performed at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in 1995 and the Eiseman Center in 2005. He is an ASCAP composer with two country songs that made the Billboard charts, one of which was "Pick Hit of the Week" in 1986. He is finishing the recording of his Requiem along with other choral and vocal pieces scheduled to be released in 2018. his compositional mentors, Doctors John Stewart and Robert X. Rodriguez, have deeply influenced his writing. The Texas State Men & Boys Choir's Executive Director, Gary McGrath, has graciously accepted two pieces written for the group, which will be performed at various concerts throughout the year.

 

Morris Crayton - Vocal/Boys Choir Director

Morris Crayton graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. He later earned a Masters in Music Education degree and Kent State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education degree from Walden University. Mr. Crayton began his musical career as a boy with the Texas Boys Choir. He sang under the direction of its founder and two time Grammy Award recipient, George Bragg. As an adult, Mr. Crayton continued developing his skills in the art of singing, conduction, and vocal pedagogy. Mr. Crayton currently teaches music for Fort Worth ISD and works as Vocal Director and Boys' Choir Director for The Texas State Men & Boys Choir. 

 

Rebekah Anthony - Marketing Director

Rebekah Anthony graduated from Tarleton State University with her degree in Music Business. Soon after graduating, she began teaching private piano, voice, and cello lessons at her private studio as well as Creative Soul School of Music in Fort Worth, Texas. She is heavily involved with the worship team at her church, helping to co-lead the sets as well as being a featured songwriter on the band’s recent album. She has had the privilege of traveling to cities such as New York City and Washington D.C. to perform. She was a member of the marketing team at her church as a part of a college internship program and continues to enjoy using her degree with The Texas State Men & Boys Choir.