Soloists

Jessica LaPrice, Soprano

Dr. LaPrice is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Austin College. She has sung with a variety of ensembles throughout the country, including the Larimer Chorale in Fort Collins, CO, and the Phoenix Symphony Chorus in Phoenix, AZ, and currently sings with the North Texas Concert Chorale. Dr. LaPrice is an Iowa native, and has been a featured soloist for Handel's Messiah with the Central College Community Chorus in Pella, IA, and for the Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Fort Collins, CO.

Julie Crannell, Alto

Returning for her seventh year with the Messiah Sing Along, Ms Crannell has been singing for many years locally and throughout the Midwest. Before coming to Sherman, she sang with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and Vocal Arts Consort under such conductors as Foss, Hawkins, Shaw, Levine, Hillis, and Copland, including concerts at Ravinia and Carnegie Hall. Locally, she has sung with the Denison Heritage Society, Austin College Alumni Choir and North Texas Concert Chorale. Julie has studied with Ann Larson and Wayne Crannell.

Aaron Adair, Tenor

This year, Dr. Adair is moving from the conductor's podium to the Solist lineup. He received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Theatre from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and a Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Dr. Adair earned a Ph.D. in Humanities – Aesthetic Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas, and he has taken additional classes in acting and movement at KD Studio Actors Conservatory of the Southwest in Dallas and the famed Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York as part of his continuing education in performance and theatre studies.  His professional experience includes leading roles in Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma!, Glengarry Glen Ross, Cabaret, and Our Town.  He was Editor for the Fall 2008 edition of Mensa Research Journal on Artistic Intelligence.

Jack Mealy, Bass

Celebrating that which brings joy; prominently: family; musical works of Handel, Hildegard von Bingen, Vaughn Williams; DeBussy, Ravel, and so many others; our national, state, and local parks, and other protected areas; Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County; geometry, especially various non-Euclidean varieties.

Wayne Crannell, Conductor

Wayne Crannell is an Associate Professor of Music at Austin College where he is chair of the Music Department and Director of Vocal/Choral Music. His responsibilities include directing the Austin College A Cappella Choir and other small ensembles and teaching studio voice, choral literature and techniques, conducting, vocal pedagogy and music appreciation.

Dr. Crannell has been with the Texoma Messiah Sing Along since its first year, and this year he is conducting the orchestra instead of singing the Tenor soli. He has also appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, Denison Heritage Performing Artists, and other orchestras, opera companies, and churches throughout the Midwest and in Texas. Named an Alternate Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, he was also a rehearsal assistant and voice specialist with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus. He has sung under such conductors as Levine, Solti, Hillis, Shaw, Foss, and Copland.

Dr. Crannell received his D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he graduated with honors in 1995 and studied with Dr. Anne DeLauney.

Fred Freeman, Orchestra Coordinator

Dr. Freeman holds a Doctor of Education from Baylor University and is a member of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Freeman has extensive experience as an adjudicator for regional orchestra auditions, state orchestra competitions, and regional and state solo and ensemble competitions. Dr. Freeman began teaching music when he was in the eighth grade and later became a public school orchestra director. He also served as high school principal and assistant superintendent. Dr. Freeman ultimately returned to his private music studio, providing instruction in violin, viola, cello, and string bass. He is a violinist with the Sherman Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife, Sandra, volunteer as musicians at church and for Sherman's community theaters. Dr. Freeman conducts or plays in the orchestras for multiple shows every season.