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Keynote Speaker


Music Educator, Director, Composer, and Arranger Theo Hicks

Join us on Thursday, January 24, 2019 to hear Theo Hicks give the keynote address for the 2019 Midwinter Convention.

Time: 2 - 3 p.m.

Location: Gaylord Opryland Resort, Governor's Ballroom North

About Theo Hicks

Theo Hicks grew up in a musical family and discovered barbershop in high school. Since then, barbershop has changed his life and has had an enormous impact on his career path. He is now a music educator, arranger, and composer who has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) for 17 years. He has gained years of experience singing in quartets and choruses throughout his membership, and currently serves as the Musical Director for the Greater Indianapolis Chapter (Circle City Sound) and sings lead in the 2015 International Champion Quartet, Instant Classic.

Theo earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Anderson University in 2010, graduating Cum Laude with Music Honors. He received several honors, including initiation in Pi Kappa Lambda, the Excellence in Music Education Award, and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Music. He also won the Concerto-Aria Composition Award for best composition of a choral work in 2009. After his undergraduate work, Theo worked in public schools of Indiana for 7 years, teaching vocal and general music to grades 7-12. He now is in his second year in graduate school, working to earn a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Ball State University.

As an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Theo has also led several music workshops, published two articles, served as a guest clinician, and written music for many ensembles within the organizations. Within the BHS, he has enjoyed traveling around the world as a guest clinician for Youth in Harmony Camps and Harmony University programs. Most recently, he served on the faculty of Barbershop Harmony Australia’s (BHA) Harmony Academy in 2018, as well as the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) Director’s Academy in 2015. He has also enjoyed being on the faculty of Harmony University for three years, teaching classes on Music Theory, Vocal Techniques, Vocal Health & Hygiene, participating with the Next Generation Chorus, and coaching several ensembles.

He is an active composer and arranger within the BHS and has arranged several songs in the barbershop style for choruses and quartets around the world, including groups like The Vocal Majority, The Westminster Chorus, The Great Northern Union, After Hours, Signature, Forefront, Instant Classic, GQ, Double Date, The Newfangled Four, Frontier, and more. You can find more information on his arrangements at

Theo happily resides in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife Laura (who is also a music educator), their daughter Eleanor, and their dog Nellie (who waits every day for the sun to shine).

Past keynote speakers have included...

Tim Waurick, Midwinter 2018, Costa Mesa

Deke Sharon, Midwinter 2017, San Antonio

Cory Hunt, Midwinter 2016, Reno

David Wright, Midwinter 2015, New Orleans

John Miller, Midwinter 2014, Long Beach

Above: Tim Waurick addresses attendees at the 2018 Midwinter Convention in Costa Mesa, California.