Kevin Klotz, DMA

Assistant Professor of Music: Director of Choral Activities

Education

  • DMA, Choral Conducting, University of Houston
  • MM, Choral Conducting, University of Houston
  • BM, Piano Performance, Houston Baptist University

Courses Taught

  • Schola Cantorum
  • University Singers
  • Conducting
  • Developmental Vocal Techniques
  • Music Appreciation

Teaching Focus

Dr. Klotz conducts the choral ensembles and teaches conducting and vocal techniques.

Research Interests

Areas of research and interest include sacred music, early music, symphonic choral masterworks, performance practice, choral rehearsal techniques, and works by Randall Thompson

Additional Information

Dr. Klotz’ experience includes working with a variety of choral ensembles including church, college, and community choirs. Since 1999, he has served as Music Minister at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, where he directs the choirs for Sunday masses. In 2002, he founded the St. Laurence Chamber Singers, an auditioned choral ensemble dedicated to the performance of sacred music.

In 2007, Dr. Klotz began teaching as an adjunct instructor at Wharton County Junior College where he taught courses in music appreciation and popular music. In 2016, he became a full-time instructor at WCJC and Director of Choirs. In this position, he led two choral ensembles and taught sight singing, music appreciation, music literature, and private voice.

In addition to his work in the church and school, Dr. Klotz is in his fourth season as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Houston Choral Society, a community choir of 90 singers. In summer of 2018, Dr. Klotz conducted at Carnegie Hall in New York City, leading a large choir comprised of members from the Houston Choral Society and the St. Laurence Catholic Church Music Ministry in collaboration with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Dr. Klotz has previously served as the Artistic Director of the Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir (2013-2016) and the Sugar Land Choral Society (2009- 2013). From 2012-2013, he was the Assistant Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Charles Hausmann.

Dr. Klotz has worked as a guest conductor and clinician for a variety of ensembles. In 2019, he served as the Director of the HBU Texas All-State Choir Camp where he had the opportunity to work with 200 high school singers. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Klotz formed and led the choir for the Convention Eucharist Mass with Cardinal DiNardo at the National Pastoral Musicians Convention in Houston. At this convention, he presented a lecture on rehearsal techniques for church choir directors. Dr. Klotz served as the guest conductor for Fort Bend ISD’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah in 2014. This concert featured choir members from across the district in collaboration with the Austin High School Orchestra. In 2010, Dr. Klotz was invited to conduct the Alief School District Fall Choral Concert, leading nearly 200 high school choral and orchestral students in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. In 2008, Dr. Klotz was the Principal Conductor for the dedication Mass of the new Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, where he directed the 150-member festival chorus and orchestra.

Dr. Klotz is an active and participating member of American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and National Pastoral Musicians.

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