Directors

Donna McGinnis earned her Bachelor of Music, Music Education with dual emphasis in choral music and vocal performance from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In 20 years as a music educator she has directed choirs of all ages – elementary, middle school, high school and adult community choirs. 

Mrs. McGinnis is in her 11th year on campus. During this time, Briarhill has experienced exponential growth from 35 students to over 200. 

Briarhill Choir members are consistently selected to District Choir, TMEA Region Choirs and receive superior ratings at solo contests, choral festivals and UIL competitions. In 2012, the Briarhill Varsity Treble Choir was honored to perform for the American Choral Directors Association & Cambiata Institute of America at the MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music.  In February of 2013 the ensemble was  a Performing Choir at the Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio, TX.  In May 2016, our Choir Department was again honored to perform at the MS/JH National Conference for Choral Music - this time featuring our Briarhill Singers Mixed Choir.  Again this May 2018 our Briarhill Singers Mixed Choir will perform for the same national conference! 

Mrs. McGinnis actively serves as clinician & adjudicator throughout the state of Texas. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Rod, and is the proud mother of Blythe Michelle and Matthew Phillip.  


Zachary Steele 
graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. While at Tarleton, he served as the student director for both the Chamber Choir and University Singers.  Additionally, he was the co-founder & director of the TSU Men's Choir and 
was instrumental in the extracurricular ensemble's transformation into a an official university course offering.

During his time as an undergraduate, Mr. Steele earned many honors and awards in vocal performance such as winner & finalist in National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions, featured baritone soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, as well as Tarleton State University's 2015 Center Stage Performance Scholar. He performed with TSU's choirs in Ireland, Japan and New York City.

Mr. Steele comes to Briarhill from Keller ISD where he served as the  Music Specialist at Willis Lane Elementary. He is also a staff singer at St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Bedford, and currently performs with the Fort Worth Chorale. In addition, Mr. Steele developed a children's ukulele summer camp program called Steele & Strings with his wife and fellow music educator, Macie Steele.  

Mr. Steele resides in Keller with his wife and their dog Murphy. He is thrilled to bring his passion for students, choral music, and life to this thriving program.




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