CPHS Choir Directors:
Head Choir Director
Lisa Sunset Holt is excited to continue her career as a choir director at CPHS. Born in a family of gospel musicians, she was raised with music in mind. From piano lessons to playing the cello in orchestra to singing in the Texas All-State Choir, she has had a voracious passion for music.
Mrs. Holt has taught across the state, from Central Texas where she taught at Cedar Park High School and Winston Churchill High to the Houston Area at Klein Oak High. She has consistently received all sweepstakes ratings at UIL contests as well as sending over twenty two students to the TMEA All-State Choir. During her years at The University of Texas, Mrs. Holt studied voice, music education, and conducting under Weston Noble, James Morrow, Rose Taylor, and Suzanne Pence. She has performed throughout the nation and across Europe, including roles for the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, as well as on the musical theater stage for Larry Gatlin’s new musical Quanah: The Parker Family Saga. One of her favorite memories is performing at Chelsea Piers in New York City singing a review of Quanah for audience members such as Dan Rather and Larry Faulkner. As a member of UT’s Chamber Singers, she was able to perform for the White House at Christmas, tour Scotland and England, and record under the NAXOS and Koch record labels as a soloist. She has always enjoyed being in choir and states, “ Choir helps people feel like they’re a part of something important, it’s not just about the music making, it’s about the community you build with your peers.”
Raised in Austin, Mrs. Holt has become familiar with the customs and practices of choir programs in the state of Texas. She now resides with her husband Jeff along with their two sons, Davis and Jackson, in Georgetown.
Assistant Choir Director
Mackenzie Malone is in her third year of teaching and is the new associate choral director at Cedar Park High School. She is a 2015 graduate of Texas Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Music Education. While at Texas Tech University, Ms. Malone studied voice with Mrs. Rebecca Wascoe-Hays and sang under the direction of Mr. Richard Bjella and Dr. Carolyn Cruse in the University Choir and Women’s Chorale. During her time at Texas Tech, Ms. Malone was involved in multiple musical theater courses and opera productions. She was selected as a University Singers Conducting Apprentice in the spring of 2015, and played the lead role as Miss Todd in Menotti’s, Old Maid and the Thief. Ms. Malone was also selected to perform in a summer opera program in Mondavio, Italy in the summer of 2014. Her professional affiliations include active memberships in TMEA and TCDA. Ms. Malone teaches the Beginner Women, the Tenor/Bass Choir, assists with Pitch Black/Seasons, AP Music Theory, and Professional Communications. Ms. Malone’s choirs consistently receive sweepstakes at UIL.
She currently resides in Austin, Texas where she also maintains a private voice studio and her student’s frequently qualify for All Region Choir and various competitions. Ms. Malone enjoys bike riding, hiking with her dogs Max and Pepper, and loves to attend concerts in her spare time.
CPHS Choir Voice Instructors:
Chris Baker is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University and has done graduate work in music education at Oberlin Conservatory. Chris teaches voice for the Northwest School of Music and choir for the Austin Firelight Academy. Chris is a native-Texan who loves singing, both with church choirs and also the Conspirare Symphonic Choir, with whom he sang Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe and the Poulenc Gloria with the Austin Symphony. He is also an alumnus of the Texas All-State Choir. In his free time, Chris enjoys learning new languages (currently German) and hiking the Greenbelt.
Kate Winchester, a soprano, graduated from Westminster Choir College with an M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedgagogy where she studied with Metropolitan Opera alumna Sharon Sweet. While at Westminster, she was the soprano soloist for the Symphonic Choir in the annually broadcast Readings and Carols concert. She has been a soprano soloist for several groups in New Mexico and Florida, including the Central Florida Master Choir in Ocala, FL, the Red Rock Strings in Gallup, NM, and the Sangre de Cristo Chorale in Los Alamos. She was a staff singer with the Cathedral Choir of St. John in Albuquerque for five years and sang with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, a professional choral ensemble based in Albuquerque, for six. She is a NATS member and has been teaching voice privately for close to a decade; her students have been active and successful at NATS auditions, in other competitions, and in various performances.
Voice Lesson Information:
Voice Lessons are strongly encouraged for all students in the CPHS Choir. All information and enrollment forms can be found on the Documents & Forms page. To enroll, print the enrollment form, complete it, and deliver it to Mrs. Holt.
Voice Lesson Teacher Assignment and Scheduling Information:
- For information about instructor assignment and lesson scheduling during school hours, please contact Lisa Holt.
Voice Lesson Payment & Billing Information:
- For information about payments & billing information regarding scheduled voice lessons, please contact your child’s private voice instructor.