Degrees and Certifications:
B.A General Music w/education minor EC-12 Music Certification
Mr. Carlos Camarena
Welcome to high school choir! My name is Carlos Camarena and I'm excited about entering my 5th year of teaching as the new GHS choral director. I was born in Pecos, TX but raised in Carlsbad, NM. I stayed there until it was time to get my music degree from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX. From there I've taught choir and elementary music from the panhandle to west Texas, and most recently Dallas. During my tenure as a teacher, I have been blessed graciously by being able to lead others to UIL and personal success with the power of singing.
I am honored to bring an enthusiasm to choir as someone who has been involved in choral music making since 6th grade. I hope to create inspiration through performance opportunities because that's part of the road I walked in becoming a music teacher. While in middle school choir, I participated in various all-district and all-state choirs in Las Cruces and Farmington, NM. In high school, I performed at Popejoy Hall on the campus of UNM in all-state choirs as well as a choral festival in San Antonio. My most memorable high school opportunity was being part of a national honor choir that performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. While attending WBU, major choral performances included opening for the Twelve Irish Tenors in Branson, MI and performing at the American Choral Directors Association headquarters in Oklahoma City.
For those I will be helping in musical theater, I have high school and college performance experience in musicals & opera. In high school, I was in the chorus for "Once Upon A Mattress" and cast as Horton for "Seussical the Musical". In college, I was cast in the chorus of "Working" and performed the role of Pish-Tush in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta "The Mikado". My WBU experience also gave me leadership experience during my senior year when I directed a scene from Douglas Moore's opera "The Ballad of Baby Doe". I was also a student director for both the International Choir and Wayland Singers while at WBU.
I can't wait to contribute to the spectacular fine arts culture and legacy of the Gainesville community. Go Leopards!