Performing Arts Faculty
Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts, Music Instructor
Phillip Lowe has been director of bands, music instructor, and Program Coordinator for the Visual and Performing Arts at Hill College since 1975. He received his BM and MM degrees from Hardin-Simmons University and completed additional doctoral work at the University of North Texas, the University of Miami, and Texas A&M University at Commerce. He’s a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, Texas Community College Band Directors Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association and is the Hill College representative to the Texas Association of Music Schools. He received the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence in Teaching award in 2009 and was the Hill College Minnie Stevens Piper Professor nominee in 2012.
As Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts is responsible for three departments, art, drama and music and is the primary advisor for all music majors as well as drama and art majors. He also administers the Hill College Performing Arts Series and the Alden J. Blanar Smith Speakers Series.
Larry McCord is Instructor of Music with Hill College. His course load includes freshman harmony and musicianship courses for music majors, several sections of classroom and online Music Appreciation and a new course he brought to the department, American Popular Music. Mr. McCord is also Director of Music at China Spring UMC. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and Composition from UT Arlington and a Master of Music degree in Composition from Southern Methodist University and has completed several hours of doctoral course work. He previously held full-time positions at Jarvis College in East Texas and St. Philip's College of the Alamo Community College District in San Antonio where he also served as head of the Fine Arts Department. Mr. McCord's principal instrument is piano (keyboard), and he has spent much of his career as a soloist, accompanist and musical director of or theatrical productions. Among the highlights of his career were two performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City as jazz pianist with the St. Philip's College Jazz Choir.
Shirley Erickson is Director of Choral and Keyboard Activities at Hill College. Ms. Erickson has a Bachelor of Music, cum laude, and Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. She has played with orchestras as soloist and orchestral pianist, performed with chamber groups and also played frequent solo and joint recitals. In 1985, Shirley founded the Plano Chamber Orchestra (now the Plano Symphony). She is also a life member of Plano Music Teachers, winning such awards as the Judith Wren Excellence in the Arts Award from the Plano Arts Council. Ms. Erickson has also served on the Texas Music Teacher's Student Affiliate Board.
Professional memberships include: Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, and American Choral Directors Association.
Director of Bands
Steve Hart joined the Hill College music faculty as Director of Bands beginning in the fall 2013 term. Mr. Hart received his Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Lutheran University and his Master of Music from Baylor University. He’s also done additional studies at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, NV.
Hart recently retired from West High School where he taught for the past 12 years. He has an outstanding history as a band director in Central Texas for the past 27 years at Valley Mills, Waco and McGregor high schools, as well as at McLennan Community College. Mr. Hart directs on a part-time basis the concert, jazz and pep bands at Hill College.
Adjunct Guitar Instructor
Nathaniel Earhart began his college career at Hill College and eventually transferred to SMU to study with world class performer and teacher, Robert Guthrie. Nathaniel graduated in December 2010 from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar performance and then continued on to his Masters on a full tuition artistic scholarship in Guitar Performance and graduated in the summer of 2013. He currently teaches classical guitar as an adjunct professor at Hill College (Hillsboro, Cleburne campuses), and frequently performs throughout North Texas.
***Nathaniel performs on a 2008 Rafael Granados Cedar top, and a 2010 Joe Slack Spruce Top.
Adjunct Voice Instructor
Cassi graduated from Baylor University in 2010 with a masters in vocal performance, and received a bachelor of arts degree in vocal and piano performance from Tarleton State University in 2007.She has been the adjunct professor of voice for Hill College since 2009, and teaches private lessons, class voice and diction for singers. Cassi has also played piano for Western Heights Baptist Church in Waco since 2007, and lives in Waco with her husband, Matthew. Although she mainly teaches, Cassi continues to perform and has recently given a recital at McLennan Community College featuring art songs set to the poetry of Emily Dickinson and for the 2012-2013 Hill College Performing Arts Series alongside guitar instructor Nathaniel Earhart.
Drama Instructor, Director of the Hill College Players
Jenny Corder is the Drama Instructor and Director of the Hill College Players. A native Texan, Corder received her bachelor’s degree in communication arts and English literature from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She lived in England for six years while obtaining her master’s degree in contemporary theatre practice from the University of Essex in Colchester. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in ancient Greek and Indian theatre from the University of Essex. She has many years of experience both on stage and off as an actor, stage manager, producer, director, choreographer and designer and is using that experience in both amateur and professional theatre to educate her students in the many aspects of theatre production.
Adjunct Percussion Instructor
John Rindom has been Adjunct Percussion Instructor at Hill College since 2010 and Assistant Band Director at Alvarado High School since 2003. Mr. Rindom directs the AHS Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble as well as assisting with the Marching Band. He also coordinates the percussion sections and assists with bands throughout the Alvarado Independent School District. Prior to teaching in Alvarado, he spent 5 years in Azle and 7 years in Mineral Wells.
Mr. Rindom, a native of Emporia, Kansas received his Bachelor's of Music Education Degree from the University of North Texas and his Master's of Music Education Degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He has been married to his wife Nichole since 2001 and they have a wonderful son, Dane and a newborn daughter, Gwynn. Nichole has been the Music teacher at Godley Elementary since 2004. In addition to Mr. Rindom's love of music, he enjoys traveling to far away places with his family.