Choir Division

Schreiner Students in Choir Performing on stage
Schreiner Students in Choir Performing on stage

Welcome Dr. Andrea Runnels, new Coordinator of Choirs at Schreiner University!

Dr. Runnels joined the Schreiner music team in spring 2022 to help recruit, guide, and build our choral programs. Schreiner University has a long history of outstanding choral music, and we look forward to Dr. Runnels expert leadership! Please see her picture, contact information, and bio on this page.

We are looking for students from ALL programs and majors on campus that want to sing at the college level to join our choir! In addition to regular concerts our Concert Choir has the opportunity to sing every year with the Symphony of the Hills, which is the regional professional orchestra located in Kerrville and serves as the symphony orchestra at Schreiner University. This is a wonderful opportunity that many singers never receive!

Schreiner University offers engagement scholarships to students in all academic majors for singing in choir–these are added onto any of our academic merit scholarships that range up to $10,000 and $20,000 annually.

No audition is required to join the Concert Choir (MUSC 2102) and to receive the Choir Scholarship!

Fall 2022 Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:25 pm – 5:50 pm.

Concerts on campus and off campus in local churches and the beautiful Cailloux Theater in downtown in Kerrville.

National and International Choir Tours!

Music outreach opportunities in the community!

Dr. Andrea Runnels, Coordinator of Choirs

Andrea Runnels is the Coordinator of Choirs for Schreiner University. She holds a Bachelors of Choral Music Education from Texas Christian University and a Masters and Ph.D in Choral Music Education and Fine Arts from Texas Tech University. Prior to her appointment at Schreiner, Runnels’ music career spans 20 years throughout Texas where she began her career teaching elementary music, conducting elementary choirs and hand chime choirs in Grapevine-Colleyville. Runnels then moved into secondary teaching and choral conducting for schools and churches in Amarillo, Fort Worth, Bedford, Wylie, Dallas and most recently in San Antonio where she directs choirs, music theatre and class piano. Her experiences include working with renowned choral conductors such as Lara Hoggard, Ron Shirey and John Rutter. She was frequently invited to sing under Skitch Hendricks and perform with the New York Pops Concerts for over a decade. Runnels is known for her ability to connect school, community, and university choirs to create festivals and choirs to perform major works they ordinarily could not accomplish by themselves. In addition to teaching music, directing choir clinics and conducting choirs, Runnels has also had an extensive career in sacred music, where she has served in various churches across the state in conjunction to her teaching assignments. Runnels is also an active music education researcher and presenter who specializes in sightreading techniques and best practices. In her spare time, Runnels enjoys time with her husband David, their two dogs and her family. She enjoys strong coffee, a good book, a long hike and time in the mountains.

Choir Practice

Andrea Runnels
Andrea Runnels, PhD
Coordinator of Choral Activities
Music Department