Artistic Director

Paula Acord Blackmon is a native Houstonian. She has studied at Westminister Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where she was the Thompson Vocal Scholar winner and where she studied choral conducting with the renowned conductor and choral scholor, Dr. Dennis Shrock. She completed her undergraduate studies at Houston Baptist University and earned her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University, where she studied with the late Virginia Babikian. While attending Rice she was the winner of numerous awards including National Finalist of the National Opera Association Auditions; Texoma Singer of the Year (SOTY) with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); The Rice Concerto Competition; and winner of the Shepherd School Award.

 

Paula has performed as vocal soloist, pianist, organist, and conductor in numerous schools, churches and choral organizations throughout Texas, Louisiana and Alabama; She has performed the mezzo-soprano roles in such opera works as The Merry Wives of Windsor (Meg Page); La Clemenza di Tito (Sextus); The Barber of Seville (Rosina); Carmen (Carmen); and The Rape of Lucretia (Lucretia); she has been soloist for numerous Oratorio works and has sung in many of Houston’s professional choral organizations.

 

She has served as Organist and Choir Director for Houston’s First Baptist Church; Organist, First United Methodist Church-Westchase; and interim organist at Tallowood Baptist Church where she and her husband Charles are members.

 

In addition to her multi-talents, Paula is a former elementary school music educator where she was Music Specialist in K-5 in Spring Branch Independent School District. Paula is a member of the Houston Masterworks Chorus. She and Charles have three grown daughters.