Who is Mrs. Ray?
Hello! My name is Heather Ray. Josh (my husband) and I live in Boise where we share our lives with the most amazing creations of all: Afton, our daughter, and Scotty, our son! We also have a small farm where we own three horses, six goats, eight chickens, three dogs and two cats.Our animals are a huge part of our lives- as are our students!
I am proud to say that I am a Boise native and a product of the Boise School District…I attended Amity Elementary, South Junior High, and Borah High School. Go LIONS! I was actively involved in many school activities including sports, cheerleading, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Student Council, band, and choir etc... During my experiences in the Boise School District I was a member of 13 choirs from grades 4th – 12th! My choral experiences in the Boise School District were the main reason why I pursued a career in music education. Cheryl Hampton (Amity), Connie Branton (South), and Ted Totorica (Borah) are huge inspirations to me. They are the sole reason why I am here today. They are my idols, my role models, and my mentors!
Also, while in high school, I took voices lessons from Dr. Marianne Saunders at the College of Idaho (formerly Albertson College of Idaho) from 10th-12th grades. She is an amazing musician and a phenomenal teacher. After graduating from Borah in 1998 I left beautiful Idaho for chilly Minnesota to attend college.
I graduated on May 5th, 2002 from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. As a vocal performance scholar, I received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. I couldn’t have asked for a better education; it was an awesome experience. The people in the mid-west are amazing and won my heart.
During my years at Concordia I was involved in many of the campus activities such as being a member of Freshman Choir, Chapel Choir, the Concordia Choir, Liturgical Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, taking voice lessons, taking piano lessons, participating in opera workshops, performing in various operas with the Fargo-Moorhead Civic opera as well as doing opera education for them at the local public schools, performing in the homecoming show 2001, being on the homecoming sub-committee and being involved with cabaret 2001. Outside of campus life I taught voice lessons, aerobics at Lady Wellness in Fargo and All American Athletic Club in Moorhead, and directed a junior high choir at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. Teaching voice lessons and church choir during college were the best experiences for my career. I learned quickly that teaching was my passion and I had chosen the perfect profession. I did my student teaching at Moorhead Junior High School in Moorhead, MN with Rachel Horan. She was simply amazing and I learned SO MUCH from her. My experiences with the Moorhead Junior High choirs and the church choir I directed only reinforced the obvious; I love teaching!
I was so lucky that my very first job(s) was in the BOISE SCHOOL DISTRICT! My first two years I spent teaching choral music at both East and Hillside Junior Highs. However, East’s program grew so quickly that by my third year of teaching I was full time at East and by the end of my sixth year at East the program was well over 200 students. During my last year at East my students were invited to perform at two separate American Choral Directors Association Events. Their first performance was at the Idaho ACDA Fall Retreat in Sun Valley. Their second performance was at the ACDA Northwestern Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was a huge honor to represent the state of Idaho and the Boise School District at the convention!
So, this brings us to my 16th year of teaching and my 10th year at my alma mater, BORAH HIGH! I am SO very excited and honored to be carrying on the traditions, both new and old, at Borah High! During my three years at Borah (95-98), I worked hard raising money and community awareness for the new auditorium knowing that I would never be able to use it, but knowing that Borah and Mr. T deserved it. And now, here I am…teaching at my alma mater, but in a whole new building! It’s just simply crazy!!! I am so thankful for this opportunity to create fine choral music with incredibly talented students and to give back to the Borah community what it gave to me!
Heather Ray has been teaching choral music in the Boise School District since since 2002. She began her career at East Junior High where she directed four choral ensembles. Under her direction, the choral program at East received awards and honors for excellence at local and regional choral festivals, including an invitation to perform at the 2007 Idaho ACDA Fall Retreat with guest clinician Andre Thomas and at the 2008 Northwestern ACDA Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Mrs. Ray began her career at Borah High School (her alma mater-'98) in fall of 2008 where she directs five choral ensembles and one instrumental jazz combo. Mrs. Ray received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 2002 where she studied and sang in the Concordia Choir under the direction of world renowned composer, conductor and clinician Rene Clausen.
She has been an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association since 1999 where she began her service as the Concordia Student Chapter secretary and president. Mrs. Ray has also served as the Boy’s Choir R & S Chair for the Idaho State Chapter of ACDA and is now serving as the Men's Choir R & S Chair.