Dr. Daniel Arredondo, II became artistic director of the chorus in December of 2019 – midway through our 30th anniversary season. Dr. Arredondo attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University and earned his undergraduate degree in music education with a minor in dance.
Dr. Arredondo holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Texas State University and also completed his doctor of musical art in choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, he served as the director of the official show choir, The Longhorn Singers. Expanding his education in a global respect, he traveled to Hungary in the summer of 2011 to study at the Kodály Institute in Kecscemét.
During summer session, he serves as an adjunct professor at Texas State University teaching classes in choral pedagogy, choral literature, and conducting. As an adjudicator, Dr. Arredondo serves as a TMAA member for UIL contests around the state. He has presented, consulted, and been a clinician, at the regional, state, and international levels for music conferences and various school districts.
In addition to his role with the Austin Gay Men’s Chorus, he serves as director of music and worship arts at the Metropolitan Community Church of Austin and does professional development and mentoring for music educators in Dallas ISD.
Principle Accompanist & Resident Composer
Karl Logue was one of the 16 brave men who showed up for the very first rehearsal of Austin’s newly formed gay chorus in early 1989. His desire was to sing baritone. Instead he was ushered to the battered, upright piano in the room. The rest is history.
Karl Logue has been at the piano for every major public performance of the chorus for 30 years and Karl has not just played the notes on the page! He has composed over 20 original works for the chorus. He has arranged scores of existing works for male voices which have been used by the chorus. He has transcribed or otherwise altered innumerable works to be singable by the chorus. He has orchestrated dozens and dozens of works so that the chorus could be accompanied by large orchestral ensembles. And, of course, he has improvised on the fly to create exciting accompaniment for otherwise simple, published scores to make the performances of the chorus rise above good to be great!
Many of Karl’s compositions and arrangements have been used by choruses around the world and his influence through his personal coaching of singers and piano students will be felt for generations. In addition to all the time he has given to the Austin Gay Men’s Chorus, he has managed to publish dozens of compositions from piano solos to full musical scores that have been showcased Off Broadway.