Alicia Raquel Villarreal
Alicia Raquel Villarreal graduated from Arizona State University and Barrett, The Honors College with her degree in Music Education with Choral Focus. While at ASU, Ms. V was a member of many ensembles; she sang in the Concert Choir under the direction of Bartlett Evans, played trumpet in the Sun Devil Marching Band led by James G. Hudson, and at times participated in the Jazz Rep Band, Steel Drum Band, and the Women's Choir.
The 2018-2019 school year will be Ms. V's fourth year of teaching, and third year at RBMS. She is excited to continue to grow the choir program into a welcoming and nurturing place for students to grow and learn as musicians and citizens of the world.
When she's not teaching, Ms. V enjoys going to movies or making music with her husband Jacob and playing with her dog Roxy. She also loves singing in the Big Band "Not Past '11", with her Dad who plays trumpet.
Phillip Michael Bernard
Phillip Michael Bernard holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Studies (Choral Emphasis) and a Performance Certificate in Voice from The University of Texas at Austin. At UT, he sang with many of the university’s choral ensembles, conducted the premiere of a new opera, and for 3 years was the Assistant Conductor of the Collegium Musicum, a student-run chamber choir.
This is Mr. Bernard’s first year at Running Brushy as a choir director! He is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with so many students and with Ms. V! Mr. Bernard has also taught private voice lessons in Austin and high school choir in Dallas.
Mr. Bernard is an actively performing singer and has performed with the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Chorus, the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the Ars Longa Ensemble, Inversion Ensemble, and the Chorus Austin Chamber Ensemble. He resides in Austin with his two cats, enjoys hiking, kayaking, and riding his bicycle, and practices yoga and meditation regularly.