Director – Karen Gardias
Director of the DHS Jazz Choir, Advanced Treble Choir, Madrigals, and Concert Choir, Dr. Karen Gardias, received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baldwin- Wallace University, a Masters from Maryville University, and a Doctorate in Music Education from University of the Pacific. Dr. Gardias began her music career as a professional harpist performing throughout the U.S. She directed orchestras in North Carolina, Texas and Missouri prior to her accepting the position as the Orchestra and Choral Director for Davis High School in 1993. Chair of the Music Department, Dr. Gardias currently teaches and AP Music Theory in addition to four choirs at Davis High.
Dr. Gardias was honored by Yale University to receive their Distinguished Music Educator Award in 2007. Selected as the News 10 Teacher of the Month for Northern California, Dr. Gardias has also received the Harmony in our Lives Award, the Yolo County Striving for Excellence Award, and the Hal Reid Award for Excellence, Caring, and Leadership in teaching. She was recognized as a Grammy Outstanding Music Educator Nominee.
Choreographer – Jeff Teague
Jeff is grateful for the opportunity to share his love and passion of dance with the Davis High School Jazz Choir. He has Choreographed/Directed at theaters throughout California including Alameda CLO, Contra Costa Music Theater, Diablo Light Opera Company, Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite, Bay Area Educational Theater Company, and Inland Valley Repertory. Favorite productions include CHICAGO (IVRT-Outstanding Production of a Musical and Best Choreography-LA Stage and Screen), RAGTIME (DLOC/Shelly Award), HAIR, AIDA and EVITA (ACLO), and DAMN YANKEES (CCMT-Shelly Nomination). He was Executive/Artistic Director at ACLO and Associate Artistic Director at IVRT. Jeff also taught at the Westlake School of Performing Arts in Palo Alto and currently teaches at Lamorinda Theater Arts Academy in Layfette. As a performer he performed at the Curtain Call Dinner Theater in Tustin, CA, danced at Disneyland and toured the U.S. with the Young Americans. Other productions include No, No, Nanette (La Mirada Civic Light Opera) starring Susan Egan, Babes (RK Productions) starring Stephanie Block, Pajama Game (California Music Theater) starring Pat Harrington, Mary Jo Catlett, and Patti Colombo and The Man Who Came To Dinner (Inland Valley Repertory) starring Nedra Volz. Other favorite roles include The Snake, Balleader and Narrator in The Apple Tree and Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Jeff is also the Youth Director at Elk Grove Methodist Church where he shares his passion of faith and inclusion with people of his community.