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Albert Vela Named MHS Band Director


Magnolia ISD has named Albert Vela, III, the Director of Bands for Magnolia High School. He has been the Assistant Band Director and War Eagle Marching Band Director at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe ISD for the past 15 years.  

Albert Vela Named MHS Band Director

"I'm truly excited to join the Magnolia High School community as your new head band director! It's wonderful to become a part of a community where enthusiasm for learning and a passion for music are so well valued. As we embark on this journey together, I am eager to cultivate a nurturing and hopeful environment where every student can excel and explore their full potential. Let's create some beautiful music and lasting memories together. I'm looking forward to what we will achieve together. See you soon under the Friday Night Lights!”

Mr. Vela's dedication to music and teaching is evident in his track record of leading UIL 6A ensembles to their highest levels of performance. As the primary instructor for the high school marching band, the War Eagle Marching Band advanced to the UIL 6A State Marching Contest for four consecutive years, was a frequent finalist at UIL Area and BOA Regionals, and received consistent “Superior Ratings” at the region level for marching, concert, and sight reading. Under the direction of Mr. Vela, the Oak Ridge High School Brass Ensemble earned an invitation to perform as a featured ensemble at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, as well as received an invitation to perform at the Texas State Capitol "Fine Arts Day." 

Mr. Vela holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts in Band Studies from Sam Houston State University. Additionally, he is in his 6th year as a Brass Instructor with the 21-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugles Corps from Concord, California.

Across the music education landscape, Mr. Vela is an adjudicator, sought-after speaker, and presenter on music rehearsal techniques. He also specializes in presenting best practices for utilizing the TonalEnergy Metronome and Tuner App, of which he is an original development team member. He has presented at state conventions in Iowa, Oklahoma, Utah, Texas, and the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. Internationally, he has been invited to clinic with groups in South America and Canada. 

Mr. Vela’s professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu - International Bandmasters Fraternity, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He also serves on the Texas Game Warden Academy Advisory Committee.

Albert and his wonderful wife, Audra, are excited to move to Magnolia and join the Bulldog community this summer!


Recently, students from MHS took part in the 60th-anniversary competition of the Texas French Symposium. The event, held at the British International School in Katy on Friday and Saturday, featured competitions in speaking, music, and art, all conducted in French. Additionally, students engaged in various cultural activities. This experience had a profound impact on our French language students by providing them with an opportunity to be fully immersed in the language.

Thea Persinger Named Director of Choirs at MHS


Thea Persinger Named Director of Choirs

Magnolia ISD has named Thea Persinger the Director of Choirs for Magnolia High School. Mrs. Persinger has been the Assistant Director of Choirs at the high school for the past five years.

Mrs. Persinger has been in public education for 14 years, the last eight of which were in Magnolia ISD. Under her direction, choirs have consistently received sweepstakes at UIL competitions and have been recognized at State festivals. Mrs. Persinger is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), the Texas Choral Directors Association (TCDA), and the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). She is the secondary choral representative for the Texas Chapter of OAKE. 

She received her Bachelor's from Texas Tech University and is completing her Master’s Degree in Choral Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, Rider University. She also holds a Kodály certification from the University of Houston.

She and her husband have one daughter, Ellison. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, enjoying nature, backpacking, and traveling.