Office: School of Music, Room 127
A native of Arkansas, Jonathon Barranco is a graduate conductor and teaching assistant in the Choral Conducting D.M.A. program at Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, he served eleven years as a choral music educator in Arkansas, where his choirs routinely received high marks at region and state level choral festivals. In 2013, Jonathon's chamber choir at White Hall High School was invited to perform in concert with the Inspirational Singers from the University of Arkansas. In 2014 he was voted the Southeast Arkansas Choral Director of the Year and was nominated for the Arkansas State Choral Director of the Year. In 2015, he was invited to be the guest conductor for the Arkansas Region III Treble Honor Choir.
Jonathon obtained his Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he studied conducting with Dr. Graeme Langager and voice with Dr. Eddie Jones. As a choral graduate assistant, he was afforded the opportunity to conduct in some of the beautiful cathedrals of Italy. He was also able to conduct in master classes with teachers from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Oregon Bach Festival.
Jonathon is also active as a composer and arranger, having studied choral arranging and composition at the university level with Graeme Langager and privately with Z. Randall Stroope. His works have been performed at region and state level choral festivals, as well as in churches.