Directors

Head Choir Director: Rob Saldaña Associate Choir Director: Kayla O'Malley

rob.saldana@leanderisd.org kayla.omalley@leanderisd.org

Rob Saldaña was born and raised in Manila and moved to Leander in 2007, where his choral music experience started. A proud Leander High School graduate and choir alumna, he attended The University of Texas at San Antonio and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education/Performance.

Starting in the Fall of 2015, Saldaña taught middle school choir in the San Antonio area for four years, leading multiple ensembles to earn Division I ratings and Sweepstakes during UIL Concert & Sight-Reading contests. An active professional member of the Opera San Antonio ensemble, he also sang in the opera chorus and performed supporting roles during that time.

Saldaña is thrilled to be back and join the choral team at Leander, this time, as Head Choir Director.

Kayla O'Malley was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 2012 where she started singing in her high school choir. Having quickly fallen in love with singing, she performed with multiple choirs, which fostered a love of music and led her to attend Sam Houston State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree with a concentration in All-level Choral Music.

While at SHSU, O'Malley performed with the SHSU Chorale, Opera Theater, Opera Workshop, Early Music Ensemble, and the Women's Choir. Finding a love for performing, O'Malley also had the opportunity to perform and study voice in Italy, Japan, and Alaska. She was also actively involved in the music community through leadership positions in the Sam Choral Educators organization and Sigma Alpha Iota, an International Music Fraternity.

O'Malley is thrilled to be joining the choral team at Leander as the Associate Director!