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.
Assistant Artistic Director & Chorus Coordinator
Bob Wolff joined the chorus in its fourth season in 1992. His commitment to the mission and vision of the Austin Gay Men’s Chorus is demonstrated by his years of service. He has served three different times on our board and was the board president from 2005 – 2009. He has served as the baritone section leader since 2006, and as a volunteer assistant conductor from 2004 – 2015. With the growth of the chorus, the position of Assistant Artistic Director was created in 2015 and Bob was the obvious choice.
Three significant highlights of Bob’s tenure with the chorus is that he occupied our podium for both the Season 20 and Season 25 anniversary spring concerts. During the first half of our 30th season Bob filled the shoes of interim artistic director as we conducted a candidate search.
Professionally, Mr. Wolff has a B.S. in Music Therapy, is a certified special education teacher, and has worked for 30 years as a Registered Board Certified Music Therapist. Recently retired after 23 years with Austin ISD, Mr. Wolff is expanding his private music therapy practice.
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.
Artistic Director Emeritus
Dr. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona joined the Capital City Men’s Chorus in February 1995 as interim Artistic Director and was offered the permanent appointment to the position in June of that same year. He received his DMA in Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. Under Jeffrey’s direction, the chorus has produced three commercial CD’s, “Silent Noon,” a collection of love songs, “Northern Lights,” a Celtic Christmas album, and “Fall Back to Standard Time,” a collection of American Jazz songs. The chorus has also performed with the Austin Civic Orchestra, and Austin Opera, and collaborated with all of the Texas GALA Choruses. His musical career has been wide-ranging and varied, including performances in Musical Theatre, Opera, Recital and Oratorio. While his duties at chorus keep him busy he manages to find time to serve as a director for numerous organizations around Austin.
Jeffrey is also the founder of the choral-orchestral ensemble Musica Ecclesiæ, and also serves as the Music Director and Conductor of Gilbert and Sullivan Austin, the Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, and as Conductor of the Makheilah at Temple Beth Israel.
He has taught on the music faculties of Drake University, St. Edward’s University, and Southwestern University. He has over a dozen commercial recording credits and as a soloist has toured throughout North and South America.