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Joel Duarte


Mr. Duarte is in his 8th year as a choral director in the Grand Prairie Independent School District. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with his Bachelors in Music Education. He is currently working on his Masters in Music Education at Southern Methodist University. He brings a wealth of experience to stage through producing his own choral productions, participating in and placing in National Association of Teachers of Sing Competitions, as well as traveling the globe performing with the Dallas Symphony Chorus. He has served as a guest clinician for honor choirs performances and preparatory clinics for Contest and Festivals. Choirs under his directions consistently earn sweepstakes at UIL contest and annually earn places in TMEA District, Region, and All-State Choirs. He was particularly proud of his 11 Texas All-State Choir students this year. In the Spring of 2017, Mr. Duarte took his choir beyond the state and national lines touring Italy and competing at the Verona Choral Competition. The choirs at GPFAA have also been awarded “Best in Class” at various music festivals across the country, recently winning the “Grand Champion” award at the Di Voce Festival-Dallas and the “Adjudicator” award in Nashville Tennessee. In addition, the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Treble Singers have been invited to perform for the 2019 American Choral Director Association (ACDA) National Convention. His professional affiliations include ISME and MISTEC; ACDA; NAfME; NATS; TMEA; TCDA; and TMAA.