Mr. Derrick Brookins has served the students and parents in Texas Choral Music Education for more than 20 years. He currently serves on the faculty of Plano Senior High School, Plano Texas, as the Director of Choral Activities. Prior to his appointment to Plano Senior High, Mr. Brookins directed the choirs at Williams High School in Plano, TX where the program developed from 63 to over 300 members. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. Brookins has completed, with honors, both undergraduate and some graduate work at the University of North Texas earning a Bachelor’s of Music Education and a Masters of Secondary Education /Administration from Concordia University.
For thirteen years, Mr. Brookins studied under and performed with world-renowned choral musician Moses Hogan. As a choral music performer, Mr. Brookins has performed on four continents and for several European royal families, and two US Presidents, in venues such as the White House and the Sydney Opera House. He is a highly sought after choral clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and has presented several educational workshops for the Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the South Western American Choral Directors Association.
Choirs under Mr. Brookins direction consistently receive Sweepstakes at UIL contest and have been named “Best in Class” at several choral festivals throughout the United States. Mr. Brookins’ choirs have had the honor of performing and representing Plano ISD and the great State of Texas at the following conventions: National MENC Convention in San Antonio (2005), the National American Choral Director’s Association Convention in Miami, FL (2007), and for the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, in San Antonio, TX (2009).
Mr. Brookins has twice been recognized as Teacher of the Year, both at Williams High School (2000) and again for Plano Senior High School (2008.) He was also named as a finalist for Plano Independent School District Teacher of the Year, and has received the district’s covenant – Excellence in Teaching Award (2008). Mr. Brookins is a recipient of the Honorary Life Membership Award from the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers. Since Mr. Brookins has been Director of Choral Activities for Plano Senior High, the Fine Arts Department has twice been recognized as a Grammy Signature School for Arts Excellence. In addition, Mr. Brookins currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Choral Music for The University of Texas-Dallas Campus.
Mr. Brookins has served and demonstrated leadership skills for The Texas Music Educator’s Association in the capacity of Regional and Area Vocal Chairman in a span of seven years; opening the vocal division and developing the handbooks for both Region 24 and Region 25, host for several TMEA Region and Area auditions, and as the organizer for the Texas All State Choir in 2008. Mr. Brookins currently holds professional membership with TMEA, TCDA, ACDA, TMAA, The American Choristers Guild and has severed as Division Chairman of Multicultural/Ethnic Choral Music for Southwest American Choral Directors Association.