Westwood Choir Director
Joel M. Price has directed choral music for twenty-two years, serving for the last seventeen years as the head choral director at Westwood Junior High School where his choirs consistently have earned Sweepstakes awards for superior ratings at the annual UIL Concert and Sightreading contest. The Westwood 8th Grade Varsity Girls, under the direction of Mr. Price, received the prestigious honor of being invited to perform in concert for the Texas Music Educators Association convention in February 2007 and have been selected to perform again in February 2017. Mr. Price had the honor of conducting the 2011 Mississippi Junior High All-State Mixed Choir, the 2012 American Choral Directors Association-Arkansas Chapter Honor Choir, and the 2016 Mississippi Junior High All-State Treble Choir. Mr. Price recently completed a three-year term as a member and committee chair of the UIL Prescribed Music List Vocal Committee and a two-year term as a member of the UIL Vocal Sightreading Committee. From 2005-2007, he served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Choral Directors Association as the Middle School/Junior High Vice President. Mr. Price is in demand as a clinician/conductor for All-State, All-Region, and All-City choirs, as an adjudicator for UIL Concert and Sightreading contests throughout the state, and as a judge for Solo and Ensemble contests in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. During the 2004-2005 school year, he was honored to represent Westwood Junior High as Teacher of the Year and was selected as the Richardson ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Richardson ISD Tomorrow Foundation. In 2008, Mr. Price was selected as a statewide finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education award. He was awarded the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers PTA Honorary Life Membership in 2009.