Tommy Shapard is the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is currently working on his Doctor of Pastoral Music at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, with Dr. C. Michael Hawn. Mr. Shapard is scheduled to graduate in May 2020 with a focus on community music-making and inclusive singing practices that engender social change.
Since 2008, Tommy has served as the Minister of Music and Worship at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He works as part-time faculty at the University of North Florida, conducting the 5 O’Clock Singers and lecturing in the Certificate of Sacred Music program, which he helped create and launch. Between 2011-2016, Shapard was a member of the artistic staff for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.
Mr. Shapard received his M.M. in Music Performance (Conducting) from the University of North Florida in 2016, where he studied with Dr. Cara Tasher. He also holds degrees from Baylor University (B.M.E., Vocal/Choral); Emory University (MDiv., Worship), and he completed three years of coursework for the M.M. in Ethnomusicology at Florida State University.
Professor Shapard enjoys working with all ages in a variety of musical contexts, demonstrating a broad range of abilities as a conductor, music educator, and facilitator. For over twenty years, he has served churches in Texas, Florida, and Georgia. He has led numerous camps, workshops, festivals, and ecumenical and interfaith worship gatherings.
Tommy is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Hymn Society, and the Center for Congregational Song. He is married to the Rev. Rachel Gunter Shapard. They have 3 children – Drew, Kate and Mac – and a new family companion, Daisy Mae, a yellow Labrador Retriever.